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Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

The BEST Yellow Cake Recipe with Milk Chocolate Frosting. 5-Star Rated Recipe!

I was one of those kids that were counting down the minutes at my birthday party until I could blow out the candles and eat my big ol birthday cake. I wanted a piece with a thick layer of homemade chocolate frosting.

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting The BEST Yellow Cake Recipe with Milk Chocolate Frosting. 5-Star Rated Recipe! www.modernhoney.com #yellowcake #homemadecake #cake #yellowcakechocolatefrosting #baking

This is literally the best yellow cake recipe. It is so flavorful, moist, and buttery! The homemade chocolate frosting is insanely rich and creamy and pairs perfectly with the homemade yellow cake. 

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting The BEST Yellow Cake Recipe with Milk Chocolate Frosting. 5-Star Rated Recipe! www.modernhoney.com #yellowcake #homemadecake #cake #yellowcakechocolatefrosting #baking

It’s New Year’s Eve so let’s go out of 2016 with a huge yellow cake with chocolate buttercream because I see only green smoothies in my future….

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting by Modern Honey. Homemade Yellow Cake with Vanilla Pudding Mix to make it extra moist and flavorful. Rich chocolate buttercream is the perfect addition to this birthday cake.

If you read my last post about making a homemade yellow cake — Homemade Yellow Butter Cake, I went through many experiments to bring you these cake recipes. My pants just got tighter in an effort to bring you the perfect cake!

We had large cake testings to determine the winners of the unofficial homemade yellow cake recipe challenge.

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting by Modern Honey. Homemade Yellow Cake with Vanilla Pudding Mix to make it extra moist and flavorful. Rich chocolate buttercream is the perfect addition to this birthday cake.

The path to the Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting…

The recipe that I posted a few days ago is for a traditional yellow butter cake.  I wanted to change it up a little and experiment with adding in some vanilla pudding mix. Since it is known to add a good amount of moisture to a cake, I was excited to see how it would affect the final product.

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting by Modern Honey. Homemade Yellow Cake with Vanilla Pudding Mix to make it extra moist and flavorful. Rich chocolate buttercream is the perfect addition to this birthday cake.

It not only made a denser, moister cake but also a flavorful one as well. It’s a small amount of pudding but was still a big difference-maker. This is truly THE BEST YELLOW CAKE EVER.

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting by Modern Honey. Homemade Yellow Cake with Vanilla Pudding Mix to make it extra moist and flavorful. Rich chocolate buttercream is the perfect addition to this birthday cake.

The chocolate buttercream recipe is one that I played with over the years and is now my go-to recipe. It has the perfect balance of rich chocolate, butter, and powdered sugar and isn’t over the top sweet. It truly is the greatest chocolate frosting. If you are a chocolate cake lover, you must try my Love at First Sight Chocolate Cake.

Add some colorful sprinkles to this Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting if you want to make kids really happy.

Here are my favorite baking pans — USA Bakeware Round Cake Pan 8 inch and USA Bakeware Round Cake Pan 9 inch

A Wilton Angled Icing Spatula is the perfect tool to use to frost this cake.

Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting by Modern Honey. Homemade Yellow Cake with Vanilla Pudding Mix to make it extra moist and flavorful. Rich chocolate buttercream is the perfect addition to this birthday cake.

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Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Homemade Yellow Birthday Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting will be the cake everyone is begging for at the next birthday party.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16

Ingredients  

  • 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, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil
  • 1/3 cup Vanilla Pudding Mix instant

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:

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

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  • In a standing mixer, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Beat the butter into the flour mixture, one cube at a time. Continue to beat until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Add the 1/2 of the egg-milk mixture and oil and beat the batter is light and fluffy. Add remaining egg-milk mixture and vanilla pudding and mix just until combined.
  • Take a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.
  • Spread into greased 8 or 9-inch cake pans and smooth tops with a spatula.
  • Bake for 16-22 minutes, depending on the depth of pans. If the cake layers are thin, they will cook for less time than the thicker layers.
  • Let cakes cool. Run a knife around edge of cake pan and flip over. Frost with milk chocolate frosting.
  • To make Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
  • In mixing bowl, cream together butter, cocoa, powdered Sugar, and cream until light and fluffy. You may want to add more cream or milk depending on consistency. Once the cake has cooled and has been removed from pans, frost each layer with frosting.
  • Top with chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M & M's or whatever your heart desires.

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Notes

  • This recipe makes two 9-inch cake layers or three 8-inch cake layers. If you use three 8-inch cake pans, the layers will be thinner and will cook for less time. 
  • This is one baked good that gets even better the next day, if covered.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Keyword: yellow cake
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244 Comments

  1. Yellow birthday cake with milk chocolate frosting is a classic delight! This recipe promises a sweet celebration for any occasion.

  2. 5 stars
    This is the best cake I have ever made! Cutting the butter into the dry ingredients makes a world of difference!

  3. Thank you for this recipe. It’s one of the best yellow cakes I’ve baked. Love the chocolate icing!! The only chocolate icing I’ll ever make. It’s very thick and doesn’t run down the sides of the cake.

    1. Hi Renee! I am so glad to hear that you loved the cake and thank you for making it. It is a family favorite too!

  4. 5 stars
    My hubby loves yellow cake with Choc icing. I despised it until now. Oh my goodness this is absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Thoughts on if this cake would pair well with a vanilla butter cream frosting? My daughter wants a yellow cake but a lighter frosting so we can color it light pink.

  6. I have tried many, many yellow cake from scratch recipes & never found the “one”. Well—let me tell you. This is the “one”. I made it according to the directions, & it is out of this world delicious. It is much better if you put it in an airtight cake container & refrigerate it. Please do not omit the pudding, it is the secret ingredient that takes it to another level. This is the first time I’ve commented on a recipe, & I must say it is worth commenting on. Will be making this for family & church gatherings.

  7. Can you convert this recipe into a chocolate cake?
    I have used this recipe every year, love the texture.
    The pudding mix makes it moist.
    How can I convert it to a perfect chocolate cake?

  8. Looks so beautiful!!! What kind of chocolate and how much did you use for the chocolate shavings to get that beautiful depth in your topping?