My mom always made white cakes growing up and I never really liked them as much as yellow, no offense Liz. There is something about yellow cake with chocolate frosting that I just love. This is a good, basic yellow cake recipe great for layer cakes, sheet cakes and cupcakes.
2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick (8 tbsp.) unsalted butter, softened
1 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 c. 2% milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
Beat butter and sugar in mixer on medium-high until pale and fluffy (2-3 minutes). Beat in one egg at a time then add vanilla and blend until thoroughly mixed, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture and milk alternatively ending with the flour mixture. Mix until the batter is smooth but be careful to not over mix.
Spread batter evenly into pans or cupcake holders and bake for 20-25 minutes. Put a toothpick in the middle to test, if it comes out clean – the cakes are done.
Set the pans on a cooling rack for a few minutes then completely transfers the cakes over to the cooling racks and let stand until cool.
Spread one of the many frostings on it and you are good to go!