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!

Comment On This Recipe

Please correct the item(s) in red below:
4 Please select a rating

Email address will not be published

Please note, all submissions are screened for content deemed appropriate by Land O'Lakes. Comments are published within 3 business days.
Thank you, your comment has been submitted for approval


Your friend thought you might be interested in Birthday Cake

Latest Blog

Cranberry Swirl Sweet Rolls
November 24, 2015 by Mallory

One of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal is my husband’s homemade cranberry sauce. It’s a tart and sweet sauce, with hints of orange zest and brown sugar. I always have him make twice the amount needed because I love having leftovers. This year, I decided that rather than serving it alongside leftover turkey and mashed potatoes, I was going to try something new. We still have guests lingering the day after Thanksgiving, so what better way to ease the turkey “hangover” than with homemade sweet rolls for breakfast? More ...

The Simple Rewards® Club is your personal online resource for exclusive offers and information. It’s also our way of saying “thank you” for trusting Land O’Lakes and inviting us into your home. Membership is free, so sign up today.

FREE Sign Up Includes:
  • Our Measuring Cup® Newsletter Preview »
  • Money-Saving and Exclusive Offers
  • Online Recipe Box

Already a Member? Sign In.


YES. Send me the Measuring Cup® Newsletter.
Cancel and Go Back

Forgot Your Password?

Please correct the items(s) in red below

    We'll email instructions to the address you used to register.

    Reset My Password Cancel and Go Back

    Confirmation Email Sent

    We've sent a confirmation email to the address associated with your account. Check your email and follow the link within 3 hours in order to complete the password reset process.


    Welcome Back!

    If you are already a member, please sign in.

    Not a Simple Rewards Member? Join Now. Forgot Your Password?

    Check Your Email

    Look for an email soon with instructions to reset your password.

    If you did not receive the email, please check your email junk folder (just in case) or contact us.

    Hi, I'm Becky. I'm eager to share my best ideas and favorite recipes from my 20+ years in the Land O'Lakes Test Kitchen. I'm also excited to help with any questions you have about cooking and baking with Land O Lakes® products. Some of the questions and answers will be published in our newsletter, The Measuring Cup®. Please use the short form below to ask your questions, or share your tip or memory.

    Please correct the item(s) in red below

    *These fields are required


    Your question has been submitted.

    Close Window