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Classic Yellow Butter Cake with chocolate Icing on a white plate with a red handled fork

Classic Yellow Butter Cake with Fudgy Chocolate Icing

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If you’re looking for the perfect celebratory cake, this Classic Yellow Butter Cake with Fudgy Chocolate Icing fits the bill with a tender, buttery cake and glossy, decadent frosting.

Baked up for my daughter’s birthday, it’s doing double duty as part of an on-line baby shower for a sweet blogger friend, Angie of Big Bear’s Wife.

Classic Yellow Butter Cake with chocolate Icing on a white plate with a red handled fork

Classic Yellow Butter Cake with Fudgy Chocolate Icing

This combination of classic yellow butter cake and fudgy chocolate icing is a frequent birthday request around here. Last time, I tried to dissuade the hubby when he yet again suggested this combo (I am a food blogger for Pete’s sake, who cannot be making the same recipe again and again!).

I was then told I would get a chainsaw for my next birthday if he didn’t get his cake! After a bit of back and forth and a case of hiccups from hysterical laughter on my part, I gave in.

Then fast forward to 2017 and Katie requested this cake for her birthday. I have to admit, this yellow butter cake, with its glossy chocolate icing, is worth making at least once a year, and maybe even twice!

Katie thought the frosting was a bit too chocolaty with the pound of chocolate plus Dutch process cocoa powder, but I let her know I’d make the sacrifice and eat her share. It’s really fabulous. The yellow cake is moist and tender, so the pairing works together deliciously!

Classic Yellow Butter Cake with Chocolate Icing on a cake platter

Perfect Dessert for Any Celebration

But besides Katie’s birthday, there is something more to celebrate.  My blogger friend, Angie, gave birth to a precious baby on Wednesday. Her adorable son was welcomed to the world by her parents with much joy.

Angie was one of the bloggers I met at my first ever blog conference and she’s as sweet as can be. I’m joining in on a surprise virtual baby shower to sprinkle Angie, her husband, Thomas, and baby Jackson with love. This tender yellow butter cake with the fudgy, uber chocolaty icing is definitely worthy of this very special baby shower!

Tips for Making this Yellow Butter Cake

There are a few tips that will help make a beautiful layer cake. You want a fine, tender crumb, even layers and a marvelous frosting. 

  • Start by prepping your pans correctly, so your cakes won’t stick. Butter your pans, then line with a round of parchment paper and butter the top the parchment, too.
  • Use a kitchen scale to divide the batter evenly between the pans, so your layers will be the same depth.
  • When mixing the batter, use the paddle attachment. That prevents excess gluten formation which can make a less tender cake, plus prevents the aeration of the batter and helping to make a finer crumb.
  • The wet and dry ingredients are alternately added. This allows the flour to envelop the fat particles, making a more tender cake.
  • Bake just until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Baking too long will dry out  the cake so start checking a few minutes before the timer goes off.
  • Let the cakes cool about 10 minutes, then release onto cooling racks. Peel off the parchment, then let the cakes cool completely before frosting.


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