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Basic (Yellow) Cake Recipe

 Easy, moist, basic yellow cake recipe is the first step in making other delicious cakes! | www.foxyfolksy.
 If you are just starting to learn how to bake, you should at least know how to make a basic cake. From there you can go a long way, as other recipes require this and vary only on the filling or frosting that you will use. Here is a simple and easy basic cake recipe that I really love to make because it is moist and taste really good.

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Basic (Yellow) Cake Recipe

Easy, moist, basic yellow cake recipe is the first step in making other delicious cakes!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: yellow cake
Servings: 8
Calories: 410kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter - or margarine - softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk - (see alternative on note below)


  • Heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line round cake pans (8-9 inch/20-22cm). In a medium bowl, mix flour and salt.
  • Dissolve baking soda in buttermilk and set aside. In a large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes or more. Beat in vanilla and eggs until well blended. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating well and scraping the bowl after each addition. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • Bake 27 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Remove from pans; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Fill and frost as desired.
Nutrition Facts
Basic (Yellow) Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 690mg29%
Potassium 110mg3%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 670IU13%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Note: You can use regular milk if buttermilk is not available then use baking powder instead of baking soda by adding it to the dry mixture in step 1 or see post for an alternative for Buttermilk by clicking here.

It’s also good to know how to grease and line your pans.


Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
If you are looking for a recipe and it ain't here, make a request and I will try my best to make it for you!

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