BEST Yellow Cake with Frosting
Growing up we always had baked goods waiting for us when we got home from school. To say my mom’s a baker is an understatement. She is the Queen of cakes, danishes, cookies and all things sweet. This is her yellow cake recipe. It’s a classic and staple for birthday parties, Shabbat dessert and those rainy afternoons you want to make cupcakes just because.
You can bake it as a cake in a 9×13 pan, make a layered cake using two small round pans or serve them as cupcakes. Top them with rich buttercream frosting for an even tastier treat! I like to add a variety of fillings such as sprinkles, fruity pebbles, chocolate spread, lotus spread and jam. Depending on my current craving or what the kids want. Frosting however is not optional and always a must.
My mother was passionate about saying a blessing over food out loud so someone else could to say Amen. In her honor, Yehudis Chava Bat Yakov Dov הכ״מ, I will be including the blessing for the recipes I post under each photo. The blessing for this recipe is mezonot:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְ‑יָ אֱ‑לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם בּוֹרֵא מִינֵי מְזוֹנוֹת
Baruch atah A-donay, Elo-heinu Melech Ha’Olam borei minei mezonot.
Blessed are you L-rd our G‑d, King of the Universe, Who creates various kinds of sustenance.
2 cups of flour
1 and 1/3 cup of sugar
3 teaspoon. baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of oil
1 cup of orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Bake in oven on 350′, in 9×13 pan or two small round pans for 45 – 50 minutes until top is firm. (If baking cupcakes check after 20-25 minutes.)
Ingredients for Frosting:
1 box of confectioners powdered sugar
1/4 cup of soy milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 stick of butter, softened to room temperature
Directions for Frosting:
Cream together and blend until smooth.
~ Recipe submitted by Nina Safar
Hi Yellow cake recipe looks good but not sure what 1 cup oj is? Orange juice???
Hi! Yes, oj stands for Orange Juice.
Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after looking at
some of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Regardless, I’m certainly happy I found it and
I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!
Thank you for this recipe! It really is delicious. I made it in a number one shaped pan a few weeks ago, and now I’m planning to make it for the next birthday kid! I had lost the recipe- I knew I wrote it down but couldn’t find it so I quickly searched for parve yellow cake and found it. Phew. BH.
So I had to leave a thank you.
So happy you like it! It’s a fav of mine as well. I like to switch it up by adding blueberries or chocolate chips to the batter. So yummy!
Hi I have to make some kosher cupcakes I have no idea what ingredients to use for the sponge or icing .can you give me an idea
Get powdered sugar (with kosher symbol) then combine with margarine, almond milk and a splash of vanilla. If you would like suggestions for product names feel free to email me email@example.com
Great recipe. Thank you.
So happy you like it! It’s one of my favs. I often add berries such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries or blackberries to center of each cupcake. You can also add Kosher certified cookie butter, chocolate chips or chocolate spread as a filling.
hii i have two questions
1- combine has to be with thr mixer?
2- for the frosting what can i use instead of the soy milk
Thank you for the most heaven recipe! I made this for my daughters birthday party. I made it the cake in 2 layers w/ choc frosting in between and around. it was cute and really yummy! Kids and adults licked there plates clean! this was the best tasting birthday cake i ever tasted!
Happy birthday to your daughter! I am so happy you enjoyed the cake, it’s one of my favs too!
Hi! How does this work in a bundt pan? Any changes to quantities or cook times? Thank you
these sound great – Can I use coconut oil for the oil?
Hi Ilana! I have not tried it with coconut oil but if you have success baking with it give it a try. Let me know how it comes out!
Can I make this with something else instead of orange juice?
Hi! Yes you can swap it for cows milk if you want it dairy or almond milk or soy milk to keep it non dairy.
This is a great yellow cake recipe! I used it as my base for a pear upside-down cake…and it came out amazing….I made it again! Thank you Google for bringing me to this page when I searched for ‘parve yellow cake”.
All the best
Hi Chaya! I am so happy you liked the recipe. It’s a family fav! I use it as the base for many of my dessert recipes such as strawberry cake, blueberry crumb muffins and lotus cupcakes. You can add anything to the batter and it’s delicious.
Hi, Found your recipe while doing research for a dairy free vanilla flavored birthday cake. I opted to use yours. My mother-in-law will be turning 100 years next week and she is lactose intolerant. The cake is next in line to be prepared.
Thank you. Hope it comes tasty and appealing for the rest of the family.
Sounds delicious!!!How can I make this into marble cake??
For the yellow cake and chocolate cake, do I use regular flour or cake flour?
Hi Sara! You can use regular flour. (I have also used high gluten flour with good results!)
How much is ONE BOX of confectioners sugar?..
Just made this recipe! Looks really good! Not sure how it only made 17 mini cupcakes when you made it. I got 72! Plus 2 full size to finish off the batter
WOW! 72? I have will have to make it again and test out the amount it makes. Hope you enjoyed it!
Hi what dose one box of confectionary sugar mean?
lb of powdered sugar/ confectionary sugar
With the cup of orange juice I’m guessing the cake has an orangy taste ?
No it actually does not. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
I think I’m going to do this recipe it looks good
I think I’m going to do this recipe it looks really good
What a wonderful recipe! Just made it with my kids last night for a birthday cake and it was delicious! Fluffy with a beautiful crumb.
Thank you so much for this recipe!
I made this cake again now this time in 2 round pans and put chocolate spread in between! I keep coming back to this recipe for the cake and frosting! This time I’m making an icing (for the decorating things) trying beet juice instead of food coloring
I am so happy you enjoy this recipe! It’s a family favorite that I grew up with and it is my go to recipe when I want a delicious yellow cake.
Thank you so much! We used it for my daughter’s birthday to make cupcake and a layer cake – was amazing and delicious! Btw, I didn’t have enough orange juice to triple the recipe so I did 2/3 juice and 1/3 water for each cup of juice. Also, one recipe made 18 regular size cupcakes if anyone needs. So great!