Old-Fashioned Yellow Cake With Chocolate Icing

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 25 mins

When I first got married, my husband told me that his favorite cake was a simple yellow cake with chocolate icing. I wanted to make a birthday cake for him from scratch, and this was the result. He never would eat a box cake again! This is especially nice with a tall glass of milk.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make cake, preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a large bowl, beat shortening until light.
  3. Slowly beat in sugar.
  4. Add egg and egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Sift flour with baking powder and salt.
  6. Add to batter in 3 parts, alternating with 3 parts milk.
  7. Stir in vanilla.
  8. Beat egg whites until stiff.
  9. Fold into batter.
  10. Pour batter into two buttered and floured 8-inch round cake pans.
  11. Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  12. Cool on a wire rack before icing.
  13. To make icing, in top of a double boiler over simmering water, melt chocolate and stir in condensed milk. Beat until smooth.
  14. Stir in butter, one piece at a time, stirring after each addition. Stir in egg yolk and vanilla. Beat until smooth and thick. (If the icing becomes too thick, thin with a little hot water.).
Most Helpful

4 5

The cake turned out perfect in size. I even got both layers even which I rarely do with store-bought mix. It also had a great flavor but mine turned out a bit dry. I think I'm going to take it out of the oven a bit earlier next time.

5 5

Can't beat a good yellow cake with chocolate icing. This is wonderful and seeing I am not a chocolate freak perfect for me. Even DH loves it. Without the frosting (believe it or not it is good without) it makes a great base for strawberries, or whatever fruit you choose.

5 5

This recipe made an awesome cake JackieOhNo! No wonder your dh requests it for his birthday. It is very special. The cake & icing were quick and easy to make with spectacular results. The yellow cake was tall, moist, tender and light, had a lovely flavor, with a great crumb. The chocolate icing was out of this world. Soft, chocolately and velvety, thick, rich and decadent. Thank you for posting a new family favorite that my dh is still raving about. Made for May Swap/Aussie