Yellow Cake With Pastry Cream Filling and Chocolate Ganache Frosting


A garnish of shaved bittersweet chocolate makes this cake extra-fancy.

Yellow Cake With Pastry Cream Filling, Chocolate Ganache Frosting, and Shaved Chocolate
Photo: Christopher Baker
Hands On Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs
12 serves

Chocolate ganache—a combination of pastry cream and chopped chocolate—is the stand-out ingredient in this delicious cake.


  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 cups sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 recipe Pastry Cream

  • ½ recipe Chocolate Ganache Frosting

  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, shaved


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-by-13-inch pans, line the bottoms with parchment, butter again, and dust with flour, tapping out the excess. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

  3. Reduce mixer speed to low. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions and the milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix just until combined (do not overmix).

  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes for 8-inch pans and 22 to 25 minutes for 9-inch pans. Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.

  5. Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a platter and spread with 1 cup of the pastry cream. Top with the remaining cake and refrigerate to set, 30 minutes. Spread the top with the frosting and sprinkle with the chocolate shavings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1036 Calories
58g Fat
121g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 1036
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 58g 74%
Saturated Fat 34g 170%
Cholesterol 304mg 101%
Sodium 475mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 121g 44%
Total Sugars 75g
Protein 14g
Calcium 158mg 12%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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