Scottley's Basic Yellow Cake

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  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    45 m
  • Ready In

    1 h
Recipe by  Scottley

“Very simple, but delicious cake. Can be used with most any kind of frosting.”

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Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 2 - 9 inch round cake pans



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 9 inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

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I LOVE this recipe. I have used this recipe so much (sometimes modified with a bit more sugar) and it never fails me. Its always moist and delicious. It is hearty- definitely not like those "air" boxed cakes. A tip for those that find the cake to grainy or dry: Don't use cake flour! Use all purpose! Put a little more milk in for desired consistency and moistness and by all means when mixing the butter and the sugar together go as long as 10 minutes or until it is smooth. The smoother the butter and egg are the less grainy it will be!



Not to toot my own horn, but this recipe never lets me down. To ensure proper moistness, I'll sometimes add 1/8 to 1/4 cup of a light oil to the batter before baking (especially if the relative humidity is a little on the dry side). I hope you'll find easy, versatile this recipe as tastey as my family and I do.



I was about to give up on making cakes from scratch until I came across this recipe. This one turned out bakery style moist. I used 3 eggs instead of two and creamed them along with the butter and sugar for 10 minutes. AngieMonty was right,the smoother the butter mixture,the smoother the cake. I also used cake flour and whole milk and baked it in round layers for exactly 40 minutes,the least amount of time called for. I frosted it with chocolate frosting and it disappeared in record time. I have found my cake recipe. Thanks Scottley!!!

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Amount Per Serving (12 total)

  • Calories
  • 395 cal
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Carbs
  • 56.1 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 4.9 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 297 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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