Yellow Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting

To make this yellow cake with chocolate frosting extra showy, bake the yellow cake recipe in two round pans, sandwich and top the baked cakes with chocolate buttercream frosting, and stack them high.

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting
Photo: Kritsada Panichgul
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
1 hrs
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ¾ cup butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¾ cup sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ¼ cup milk

  • 1 recipe Chocolate Butter Frosting

Chocolate Butter Frosting

  • ¾ cup softened butter

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • ½ cup milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 6 cup powdered sugar

  • Milk


  1. Let butter and eggs stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease, lightly flour and line bottoms of two 9x1 1/2-inch or 8x1 1/2-inch round cake pans with waxed paper; set the pan(s) aside. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add sugar, about 1/4 cup at time, beating on medium speed and scraping sides of bowl until well combined. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes more. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

  3. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan(s). Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes for 9-inch pans, 30 to 35 minutes for 8-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Cool cake layers in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove cake layers from pans; remove waxed paper and cool thoroughly on racks. Frost with Chocolate Butter Frosting. Makes 12 to 16 servings.

Chocolate Butter Frosting

  1. In a very large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in cocoa powder. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 1/2 cup milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in an additional 6 cups powdered sugar. Beat in additional milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to reach spreading consistency. Makes enough to frost tops and sides of two 8- or 9-inch layers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

336 Calories
14g Fat
48g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 336
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 333mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 5g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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