Say hello to your new go-to yellow cake recipe. The moist but light end result will have you swearing off the convenience of the boxed stuff for good. After baking and cooling two simple round cakes, you’ll layer then, with frosting in the center, before frosting the exterior, too. We covered the side with two cups of white-chocolate chips for a gorgeous, all-white effect, but you could also employ chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or even small pieces of candy, to fit your party’s theme. But hey, no party required to whip up this simple but stunning cake. It’s that delicious.
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pans
2½ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pans
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup whole milk
1 recipe Vanilla Frosting
12 ounces white chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
Calories from fat 512
Sat fat 36g
How to Make It
Heat oven to 350°F. Butter two 8- or 9-inch round cake 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.
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.
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).
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.
Transfer one of the cooled cakes to a plate and spread with 1 to 1½ cups of the frosting. Top with the remaining cake and spread the top and sides with the remaining frosting. Using the palm of your hand, gently press the chips into the sides of the cake.
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