Birthday Cake Recipes

Birthday Cake

This easy-to-prepare yellow cake recipe with buttercream frosting will be welcome at any birthday celebration.

25 min. prep time
12 servings
252 Ratings



3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup milk


3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons light corn syrup


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in bowl. Set aside.

Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3/4 cup butter in another bowl at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla; mix well.  Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating at low speed after each addition just until mixed.

Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake 29-34 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Place onto cooling racks; cool 10 minutes. Loosen cake by running knife around inside edge of pans. Carefully remove cake from pans; cool completely.

Beat 3/4 cup butter in bowl at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt alternately with whipping cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Stir in corn syrup.

Place 1 cake layer on serving plate, bottom-side up; frost top. Place remaining cake layer over frosting, bottom-side down; frost top and sides of cake. Decorate as desired.

Frosting Variations:

Chocolate Frosting: Add 2 to 3 squares melted unsweetened baking chocolate.

Lemon or Orange Frosting: Stir in 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon or orange zest.

Coconut Frosting: Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut flavoring.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 680

Fat: 28g

Cholesterol: 145mg

Sodium: 450mg

Carbohydrates: 103g

Dietary Fiber: <1g

Protein: 6g

Recipe #12632©2003Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I made this cake for my husband and he loved it,
Wow, this was so creamy, light and not too sweet. My friends and family just loved it! I made it for my 50th Birthday :) I can't wait to try other recipes from Land O Lakes. I will toss out my other frosting recipes that I have not tried and have had on file for many a day. I don't need them now!

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