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Layered Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

This yellow cake will become your go-to recipe for birthdays, but the tender cake with flavorful chocolate buttercream is truly perfect for any occasion. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Layered Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM:
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa, sifted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For buttercream, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and cocoa until smooth. Add vanilla and salt. Add milk; beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  4. Spread buttercream between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 593 calories, 33g fat (21g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 432mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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