Yellow Cake


For 2 9-inch cakes
  • 1/2 lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at cool room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (12 oz) cake flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9 x 13-inch cake pan.
  2. Cream butter, then gradually add sugar. Cream until light.
  3. Add the eggs to the butter one at a time, beating after each addition. Add vanilla.
  4. Meanwhile, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the milk and flour to the butter mixture alternately in three parts, mixing gently to combine each time. Beat just until smooth.
  6. Spread batter in pans and bake until tests done, about 40 minutes.
  7. Cool on rack 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.

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