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
2 eggs
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

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37 thoughts on “BEST Yellow Cake with Frosting”

  • 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 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

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