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Old-Fashioned Yellow Cake Recipe

Old-Fashioned Yellow Cake Recipe

This makes a perfect cake for a special dinner for two. I have made lots of cakes and this one is easy. There have been many suppers for two since our family has grown and flown the nest. —Diane Still, Monroe, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add egg; beat well. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat on medium speed for two minutes. Pour into a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir for two minutes. Stir in milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually stir in confectioners' sugar. Place pan in a bowl of ice water; stir until mixture reaches desired spreading consistency. Spread frosting over top of cake. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 353 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 222mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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darcL User ID: 8761956 243300
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2016

"I just made this cake. I tweaked it a little by using salted butter instead of shortening and I only used 1/3 C of sugar as I don't like real sweet things and 1/2c would be too sweet for me. I also added a little lemon flavoring as well as vanilla. For the icing I used semi-sweet dark chocolate, a little butter and a little made a nice glossy, glazy icing. OMG! Perfect!! Nice and buttery with just the right amount of sweet. This cake is great when you don't want a big cake...just a little something to satisfy a craving. I give it 5 stars making it my way : - )"

jacquocs User ID: 8503158 231673
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2015

"I have never made a cake from scratch before, so after hours of searching for scratch recipes, I came across this one because of the great reviews. And I LOVED it. It gets 5 stars, but it does have a slightly floury taste. Not too sure if it is from the flour or the shortening giving it a powder sort of taste. This recipe will be added to my favorites and I can't wait to use it again. I used the cake to make a pineapple upside-down cake."

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 228800
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2015

"This is a good cake. I may double the recipe to make a larger cake next time. The flavor is very good. Instead of frosting the cake, I served it with a scoop of ice cream and fresh strawberries."

Msheard User ID: 7803990 216241
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"I just made this and it is good."

Melissand User ID: 8000361 167542
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"A family hit. Nice size for a little family treat. No adjustments, simple and basic ingredients. This recipe is a keeper."

MooFarm User ID: 7754316 146493
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2014

"Great made from scratch yellow cake."

LadyMerlin User ID: 7246803 93818
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"Love! I made some changes, used butter instead of shortening. I also found out after I started making the frosting that I didn't have powdered sugar. I ended up drizzling the brown sugar/butter mixture on top of the cake. It was amazing, don't think I'll even add the powdered sugar next time."

Bylha User ID: 7053601 208447
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2013

"Made this cake for our 3rd. Son 25 birthday today he loved it :)grandchildren enjoyed helping making it, (also so delicious and moist)! Thank u!"

coolgurl83 User ID: 7048366 93760
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"such a great recipe for a yellow cake , moist with rich flavor, i made it more than once already! thanks a lot for sharing the recipe"

Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013


Reviewed Jul. 24, 2013

"This cake recipe is AWSOME, moist and delicious. Sadly, the frosting was way to sweet, and not good for the cake! :-)"

dozer77 User ID: 5241414 208446
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

"This is the second time I have made this. My husband loves it and it's just perfect for the two of us. I make a simple butter frosting for ours and sprinkle pecans on the top."

Mdetzel09 User ID: 7216790 93974
Reviewed May. 28, 2013

"Cake very moist and flavorful. I have other frosting recipes better but this one is good too. The cake, though, is quick and easy and perfect for the two of us for a couple of days!"

coolgurl83 User ID: 7048366 162536
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"this is very delicious, easy to make, but i think its bit too moist but i like it, i made another frosting & i will make it today again !"

dpauley User ID: 3886544 93815
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2012

"I used butter in this cake instead of shortening and also added grated lemon rind. The cake was very moist and delicious. I will be making this cake again."

1275 User ID: 6324211 161984
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2011

"This is a great alternative to boxed cake mixes. I especially like that this cake requires no huge amount of egg whites; (what a waste of eggs.) You can also pour the mixture into a greased 8 inch round baking pan instead of a loaf pan. I did not try the icing in this recipe- I frosted my cake with chocolate icing. My family likes all things chocolate and rarely really enjoys white cake; they loved this one; (the chocolate icing helped this!) Great classic cake, I will make it again."

shanadr User ID: 4059329 161736
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"Just made this cake and it's very good. I used self rising flour and omitted salt and baking powder. I also didn't beat the batter for two minutes and cake turned out fluffy. Very quick & easy! I like that the recipe makes a small amount. I didn't make the icing, I used some I had on hand."

Sandi0529 User ID: 2757117 146492
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"The flavor of this cake is really good, and the cake is very moist. However, the cake is kind of flat, so do not expect a "fluffy" cake. It isn't heave though."

jbounds54 User ID: 5718052 146883
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"Loved it."

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 100283
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"I think the flour that is listed for the frosting is actually part of the cake, instead .. .. .. a mistake in the directions."

cmm_bama User ID: 2796182 116371
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2011

"I have made this several times and will continue to make it. I didn't care for the icing so I use a simple chocolate buttercream instead. My husband did really like the icing listed here though. I did use butter instead of shortening but didn't change anything else. It makes a perfect little cake for two without having a bunch of wasted cake. Thank you for posting this recipe."

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