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Classic Yellow Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Frosting

A classic yellow layer cake recipe with a bittersweet whipped chocolate ganache - this cake is perfect for any occasion from birthdays to family dinners.
Course Cake
Cuisine Amercian Heritage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 431kcal
Author Marye Audet-White




  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1-1/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • Pinch salt


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 (1 ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cream



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease and flour two 9" round pans.
  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    properly creamed butter for yellow cake recipe
  • Beat in the eggs one at a time and then stir in the vanilla and almond.
  • Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans, scraping out the mixing bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.


  • Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave, or in the top of a double boiler.
  • Let cool.
  • In a large bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the cream.
  • Blend in the melted chocolate mixture.
  • Add remaining cream, a little at a time, whipping until desired consistency is achieved.
  • Let stand until spreadable .
  • Frosting will thicken as it cools.


Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 115mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 0.9mg