Birthday Cake
Birthday Cake Recipes

Birthday Cake

This easy-to-prepare yellow cake recipe with buttercream frosting will be welcome at any birthday celebration.  It's the perfect cake to eat with ice cream.

25 min
1 hr 35 min



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

4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup milk


3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

6 cups powdered sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Heavy Whipping Cream

1 teaspoon vanilla

How to make

  1. STEP 1

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

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

    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.

  4. STEP 4

    Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake 30-35 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.

  5. STEP 5

    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.

  6. STEP 6

    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.

Tip #1

This cake lends itself really well to other types of frostings. Here are a few to try from our Frosting Recipe Collection.


27Fat (mg)
130Cholesterol (mg)
470Sodium (mg)
0Carbohydrates (g)
6Dietary Fiber
6Protein (g)


Explore reviews from
our online community

  June 20, 2017

Cake is so creamy. I loved it..

— says John
  February 26, 2016

Sure wished you had cut it open so we could see the texture of the cake.

— says Marsha
  January 08, 2014

I made this cake for my husband and he loved it,

— says lisa a.
  September 20, 2008

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!

— says Becky
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