Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe with Mocha Buttercream Frosting from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

I just finished updating the recipe for this Best Yellow Birthday Cake with Mocha Frosting. It was originally published January 9th, 2014. It's still a family favorite! 

I've spent a lot of hours working on the BEST Yellow Birthday Cake recipe. I've tasted one to many dry or tasteless yellow cake recipes that never compare to the moist flavorful yellow cake found in the cute local bakeries that are a must for Birthday celebrations.

But fear not my friends I have finally perfected a moist Yellow Cake that is the absolute best! Then as if that's not good enough I covered it in a delicious Mocha Buttercream Frosting for an adult spin on the childhood favorite! 

Swoon.. There's just something amazingly delicious about Yellow Cake with a Chocolate Mocha Buttercream Frosting.

Even LJ stated he doesn't care for frosting usually but he loved the Mocha Buttercream Frosting because it wasn't too sweet, just the right amount of chocolate, and coffee.

I made this cake specially for Lorna to celebrate her 14th Birthday yesterday. In case you missed it I shared my short post here

It just wouldn't be a Birthday Celebration without the Best Yellow Cake possible and this recipe nails it!

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe cream the butter.

Cream cold butter in mixer and add sugar. Cream until light and fluffy on medium speed. I use cold butter because I find it holds more volume.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe add egg.

Scrape sides of bowl and add egg yolk and 1 egg. Beat on medium speed until well combined.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe add egg yolk.

Repeat with remaining eggs beating well between each addition and scraping sides of bowl as needed.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe beat in vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Add vanilla, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe add flour, yogurt, milk.

Add all the flour, yogurt, and milk. Mix on low speed until just combined.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe Batter from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Scrape sides of bowl and make sure batter is well combined.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe grease pans.

Grease 2 (8") rounds with butter. Line with parchment paper and butter parchment paper.

This helps the cake release from the pan when done cooking and greasing under the parchment paper helps keep the parchment paper from sliding.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe divide batter in pans.

Divide batter evenly between pans and bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean. 

Remove cake from oven cool for 10 minutes in pan and then invert onto a cooling rack and finish cooling to room temperature.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe Mocha Buttercream Frosting.

To make Mocha Buttercream frosting cream softened butter and cocoa powder together until well combined.

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Add powdered sugar, salt, coffee, half& half and vanilla.

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Beat until smooth and creamy.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe trim top of cake to level.

I trimmed the tops of the yellow cakes to level them. 

This is optional but will help the cake stay level.

I also place 3-4 stripes of parchment paper under cake, so if your a little messy with the frosting you can remove the strips of parchment paper around the edge for a clean surface.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe spread Mocha Buttercream Frosting.

Spread 1/3 of mocha buttercream frosting over bottom layer and top with next cake layer.

Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe  with Mocha Buttercream Frosting is a family favorite for Birthdays and celebrations from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.

Use remaining frosting to frost sides and top of cake. Feel free to lick the spatula.

We were in a hurry to snap a photo before we ran out of day light but if you store the cake in the refrigerator for an hour or two before serving it will help the frosting set and give a cleaner cut.

Lorna rated this the all time BEST Yellow Birthday Cake and loves it with Mocha Buttercream Frosting. I hope you love it as much as we do! 

Make sure to check out these other favorite Birthday Cake recipes that you are sure to love: Boston Cream Pie, German Chocolate Cake, and Moist Chocolate Cake. You can't go wrong with any of these! 

You might also like these other Birthday Cake ideas: 















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Best Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe

The Best Yellow Birthday Cake recipe with Mocha Buttercream Frosting like you would find at the local bakery from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
prep time: 25 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 55 mins

ingredients:

Best Yellow Birthday Cake
  • 3/4 cup Cold Butter, Plus More For Greasing Pans
  • 1 2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg Yolk
  • 3 whole Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Milk
Mocha Buttercream Frosting
  • 10 tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1/4 cup Strong Coffee
  • 2 tablespoons Half & Half
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract 
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted

instructions

Best Yellow Birthday Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease 2 (8") Cake Pans with butter and line bottoms with parchment paper, butter parchment paper.
  3. Cream cold butter, and add sugar. Beat until light and fluffy on medium speed.
  4. Scrape sides of bowl, add egg yolk, and eggs one at a time beating well between each addition. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  5. Add vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until well combined. Scrape sides of bowl.
  6. Add flour, yogurt, and milk. Mix on medium low speed just until combined being careful not to over mix.
  7. Divide batter evenly between cake pans and bake for 26-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove cake from oven and cool for 10 minutes in pans. Then invert onto a cooling rack, and finish cooling to room temperature.
Mocha Buttercream Frosting
  1. Cream together butter, cocoa powder, and salt, until smooth.
  2. Add coffee, half & half or milk, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Mix on medium low speed, until well combined, and smooth. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  3. For a level cake trim top off of cake. Spread 1/3 of the Mocha Buttercream Frosting. Top with second layer and frost sides and top of cake.
  4. For the cleanest cut refrigerate cake for 1-2 hours to help frosting set before serving.
calories
594
fat (grams)
25
carbs (grams)
90
protein (grams)
7
sugar (grams)
69
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The BEST Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe with Mocha Buttercream Frosting!

9 comments

  1. Swooning at every single picture. I just want a big (real big) piece of this!

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  2. That's my kinda cake! Nothing to crazy, just a classic yellow cake with some delicious frosting :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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  3. there's nothing like your basic yellow cake with chocolate frosting!

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  4. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is my husbands favorite :) I need to make this for him!

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  5. Looks perfect, Serena. I bet your daughter loved it! Home-made birthday cakes are the best :) ela

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  6. I'm often so disappointed with cakes, even from really nice bakeries. They're just not tasty or they're really dry. This one looks wonderful Serena. I know Lorna loved it!

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  7. This cake looks beautiful Serena - your daughter must have loved it :) Love moist yellow cakes and this one sounds like a winner!

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  8. Is there something else I can use in place of yogurt

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    1. Hi Lisa! Sorry just seeing this. Sour Cream should work. Thanks, Serena

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