Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

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Check out this AMAZING HOMEMADE YELLOW CAKE with CHOCOLATE FROSTING! I put in a lot of effort to make it perfect, and there’s a special ingredient that makes it extra awesome!

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 16


  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Whole Milk or Buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Butter softened, and cut into cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1/3 cup Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups Butter softened
  • 1 cup Cocoa
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Half and Half or Milk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk (or buttermilk), and vanilla.
  • In a standing mixer, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Beat the butter into the flour mixture, one cube at a time, until it looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Add half of the egg-milk mixture and oil, beat until the batter is light and fluffy.
  • Add the remaining egg-milk mixture, vanilla pudding, and mix until just combined.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Spread the batter into greased 8 or 9-inch cake pans and smooth the tops with a spatula.
  • Bake for 16-22 minutes, depending on the pan depth. Thinner layers cook for less time.
  • Let the cakes cool, run a knife around the edge, flip over, and frost with milk chocolate frosting.

For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

  • In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, and cream until light and fluffy. Adjust consistency with more cream or milk if needed.
  • Once the cake has cooled and been removed from pans, frost each layer with the chocolate buttercream frosting.
  • Top with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M&M’s, or anything your heart desires.


  • This recipe makes two 9-inch cake layers or three 8-inch cake layers. Thinner layers will cook for less time.
  • The baked good gets even better the next day if covered. Enjoy!

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