Homemade Yellow Cake

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I think I FINALLY found a yellow cake recipe that I like!  Over the past several years I have searched and searched for a yellow cake recipe that looks and tastes good.  I have a chocolate cake recipe in my desserts recipe book, but never have found a yellow cake recipe…until now!  I thought I’d share it with you.  I made it for my birthday cake this weekend to try it again and everyone loved it.  Enjoy!


  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour (I use hard white wheat flour, but you could use unbleached all-purpose flour too)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (I use organic sugar)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

In a 2-cup measuring cup, measure the 1 1/4 cup milk and enough olive oil to bring the liquid up to 1 1/3 cups.

Add the milk mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 2 minutes.

Add the eggs and beat on medium-high for another 2 minutes.

Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Allow to cool completely before frosting.  Frost with my yummy chocolate frosting!

Notes:  If you want to bake this cake in a 9×13-inch glass pan, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake the cake a bit longer until done.  You can also bake this recipe in 3 9x 1 1/2-inch round pans – these will bake faster taking only about 20-25 minutes.  Also, if you are wanting to take this cake out of the pans, spray the pans with cooking spray first, lay a piece of wax paper down on the bottom of the pan, then spray the wax paper before pouring the batter into the pans to bake.  This will allow the cake to be removed from the pan!

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