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Basic Yellow Cake Recipe

Updated on August 3, 2012

Cake is easy to make from scratch. This basic yellow cake recipe is moist and light. It can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes and goes well with a the frosting of your choice.

If you do not have buttermilk on hand, simply add a teaspoon of lemon juice to 3/4 cups of milk and let it stand for 5 minutes.


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3.7 stars from 7 ratings of Basic Yellow Cake


  • Baker's Joy
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 8 ounces sour cream, full or low fat
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk


  1. Coat the bottom of a pan with Baker's Joy.
  2. Using a standing mixer, blend butter and sour cream.
  3. Add sugar and vanilla and mix until well blended
  4. Add eggs and mix until blended.
  5. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately, starting and ending with the flour mixture, until well blended.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Cool cake completely and remove from pan.


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    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Tonipet: Thanks for dropping by. This really is a delicious recipe. Enjoy!

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      Tonette Fornillos 

      6 years ago from The City of Generals

      I did not know this Yellow Cake recipe would contain sour cream. Glad to to have dropped by as I am a fan of anything with sour cream. It brings a taste that's simply enjoyable; could be the blend of contrasts. Thank you for sharing how a teaspoon of lemon juice to 3/4 cups of milk can make an affordable alternative to buttermilk. This is awesome, truly. Thank you Laura. :=)

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Twoseven: Didn't know about the vinegar trick. Will have to do a taste test!

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      6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Looks great! Yellow cake is such a classic, and it's nice to make it from scratch. I also use white vinegar (1 tablespoon to 1 cup of milk) to make buttermilk if I don't have any on hand. I will have to try lemon now too! Thanks for sharing this great recipe, I'm eager to try it.

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      6 years ago

      this sounds really good- thanks for posting the recipe!!

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Thanks all. I don't think you'll be disappointed. It is easy and turns out well every time. Enjoy!

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      JS Matthew 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I always wanted to know how to make this cake without the "box". Glad I found this Hub! Nice recipe. Voted up and shared!


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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I use the yellow cake mixes for many recipes I am anxious to try them with this recipe instead. I will share this!

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Delicious, a good share here. I plan to share further and I vote up as well.

    • LauraGT profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from MA

      Thanks Pollynalana. It is really delicious. I used it in my butterfly cake recipe and at the bottom of that hub is a picture of the inside of the cake, if you want to see a picture of the yummyness. :)

    • Pollyannalana profile image


      6 years ago from US

      Sour cream and buttermilk, I bet this is a good one! Thanks.


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