17 Reviews

Delicous! Used this for my son's two layer birthday cake along with a double recipe of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Perfect, traditional old-fashioned yellow cake with a heavier crumb. Just a note, if you are used to the light and airy texture of a cake from a cake mix, this will be quite different but so much better :) And you can pronounce all of the ingredients! I used Doughmakers pans which don't usually stick, greased and floured them, then lined with wax paper. Did have some problem with sticking so next time would use a heavy hand with the greasing and flouring. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Southern Living never disappoints!

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LonghornMama July 03, 2010

This cake was delicious! I usually dont like yellow cake made from scratch because everytime i have made one it tastes like sweet corn bread. But not this one it is moist has the perfect texture i will be using this recipe alot thank you for sharing!!!

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anniek36 November 14, 2011

Finally! A very moist and delicious yellow cake. I baked it in a 9 X 13 for about 25-35 minutes. Sorry, don%u2019t recall exact time. All my attempts in the past have yielded a somewhat dry cake, but yours is perfect. I will use it as a muffin base too. Thank you very much for posting.

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Captainflygirl November 09, 2011

This cake needs salt!

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OneFaithE October 28, 2012

Today I had a taste for homemade yellow cake that included basic ingredients.. I came across this recipe and had to try it. I am so glad that I did :) I did cut the sugar amount to 1 1/2 cups of sugar (I always do for all recipes). And the cake came out light and fluffy and not heavy, It does not have a cornbread texture to it at all.. I have found the perfect basic cake.. The recipe is very versatile.. I would love to layer this cake with strawberries and redi whip or even make a parfait with berries and banana pudding.. Endless possibilities!

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rae hey rae August 23, 2013

I made this cake for my husband's birthday and everyone loved it! It had a nice texture. I topped it with an old fashioned boiled icing and it was delicious! This will be my go to birthday cake recipe. Thanks!

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mulehollar July 29, 2012

This is a good cake recipe but it is missing SALT- much to it's detriment. Next time I will add a 1/2 tsp to taste. This addition would have made this OK cake extremely delicious.

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Loco Nurse December 23, 2011

This is an outstanding cake, it has become my cake of choice!

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BrendaGNGa December 10, 2010

Loved how moist and soft it is.

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blacksky_ms September 16, 2012

OK, I'm very new to baking scratch cakes, actually this was only the 3rd (?), but first scratch yellow cake. Anyway...WOW! It's fantastic!! No more boxed cakes for me!!! I cut the recipe in half and it was the perfect amount of batter for 12 moist, fluffy cupcakes!!! I did cut out a TBSP of butter and added about 2 TBSPs of sourcream & a heaping 2 TBSPs cornstarch and a lil extra vanilla, oh, and 1 whole egg and the white only of another egg since this was HALF of the original recipe. I topped the off with homemade vanilla buttercream icing. This is seriously a super-duper cake recipe, perfectly sweet, moist, and deliciously fluffy!!!!!!!!!!! I would give it 10 stars if I could!! Perfect!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Momma2IsaacWifey2Jim May 25, 2012
Southern Living Basic Yellow Cake Recipe ( or Chocolate)