Friday, December 21, 2012

The Best Yellow Cake {Single Layer}

Yesterday was my son's second birthday.  It snowed that morning, and I thought he'd be thrilled.

Like these smiling beauties.

I mean, I was happy about the garden getting covered. We need the moisture badly.

 But no.  Drew didn't just not like it. He hated it with every inch of his body and cried the entire time we were outside.  All ten minutes of it.

So I had to make it up to him.  The kid loves treats (like any sane person), and during a healthy dinner, he'll turn to me, break into an adorable smile, and ask, "May I have ____?"  Usually, he's requesting cookies, pretzels, crackers, cheese, bread, or cake.  And usually, I say no (and the hide in the closet later while eating cookies myself).

Not on his birthday, though.

To celebrate, I made a single layer yellow cake from scratch.  The single layer meant we didn't have oodles of leftovers, and it also meant that I didn't have to frost it if I didn't want to.

This cake is moist, a little dense, and tastier than you can believe.  You will want to slap your momma it's so good.  It's not going to taste like a box mix, though. You won't get the spongy light corn-syrupy taste of Betty Crocker.  This is a different experience altogether.  You'll be reminded a bit of pound cake, yet without excessive weight.  And you'll want to eat the whole damn thing in one sitting because it's that good.  I served it with whipped cream, but it's delicious nekkid, too.

Enjoy it, y'all!

Side note: If you replace any of these ingredients with things like applesauce or wheat grass or cardboard trimmings, you're not allowed to complain.  

Single Layer Yellow Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour one 8 inch round pan. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In the mixer (or using a hand mixer), cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Don't skimp on this.  Let those babies get a good beating in the mixer. (Confession: I had to soften the butter in the microwave and accidentally melted some of it.  The texture of the cake was still awesome)
  3.  Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  Mine needed 30 minutes, but our oven errs on the cooler side.  Watch yours carefully because if you over-bake it, it will be dry.  If it's done correctly, it will not be dry at all.
  5. Cool for awhile and then serve. I left it in the cake pan (I know, I know, serious bakers would dump it out the pan and cool it on a rack, but I never claimed to be serious about anything except the fact that butter is so much better than margarine).  If you want, you can make frosting and use that or serve the cake with whipped cream.  


  1. Bookmarked! Yesterday was my daughter's third birthday. And I hide behind walls (we have no closets) to sneak cookies sometimes - haha!

    1. I finally made this cake and everyone loved it. I doubled the recipe (made 2-8" rounds), added chocolate chips (per birthday man's request) and made some homemade chocolate frosting to cover the whole thing. Yummy!

  2. Sounds DELICIOUS! Poor Drew, I feel the same way about the snow.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Ryan, Winslow, Katie, and Drew!!

  3. Poor little fella, he doesn't seem to be enjoying the snow at all.

  4. Happy Birthday Drew!

    And Merry Christmas to all the Kiefers!


  5. Seems very eggy for the flour. Im not feeling confident.

  6. Seems very eggy for the flour. Im not feeling confident.

  7. I bet it would taste good with some homemade raspberry jam.

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