Yellow Cake with Salted Chocolate Ganache

Buttermilk-infused batter and a rich salted chocolate frosting makes this classic yellow cake far from ordinary.

Yellow Cake with Salted Chocolate Ganache
Photo: Jennifer Davick
Prep Time:
50 mins
Bake Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins


  • 3 cup (375 grams) all-purpose flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 cup (378 grams) sugar

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature

  • 4 eggs plus 2 egg yolks, at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

  • Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache

  • Sea Salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 9x2-inch round baking pans; set aside. In a medium bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a very large mixing bowl beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 6 to 8 minutes or until very light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, beating until combined after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. Add flour mixture to beaten mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk. Divide batter between prepared pans, filling each about 1/2 full (about 3 1/4 cups batter in each). Spread batter evenly in pans.

  2. Bake about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the centers comes out clean. Remove and cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely. Frost with ganache. Sprinkle with sea salt.

Salted Chocolate Ganache

Place 16 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, in a large heat-proof mixing bowl. In a medium saucepan bring 2 cups whipping cream just to boiling. Pour cream over chocolate. Let stand without stirring for 2 minutes. Stir to melt chocolate. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Set bowl in a larger bowl with ice water for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until cool. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spread over cake layers.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

565 Calories
36g Fat
61g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 565
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 369mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Total Sugars 38g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 114mg 9%
Iron 3.5mg 19%
Potassium 249mg 5%
Folate, total 54.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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