Yellow Cake with Double Fudge Frosting

A perfect Yellow Cake with Double Fudge Frosting. This is what “from scratch” baking looks like!!

Slice of yellow cake with fudge frosting on a white plate with lots of sprinkles.

When it comes to cake, what’s your favorite flavor?

Since I started this blog, I’ve been working on creating ‘from scratch’ recipes for cakes and cupcakes.

I certainly am not against using a mix, however, once you bake a cake from scratch you’ll have a hard time going back.

I’ve already got a delicious white cake and chocolate cake recipe. But the yellow cake has been a struggle.

I don’t want something dry and crumbly. But I don’t want it overly moist it can’t hold up to a good thick pile of frosting.

Yellow cake with fudge frosting on a white cake platter, topped with sprinkles. Several slices removed so you can see the layers of cake.

How to make a Yellow Cake from scratch

Making this cake is easy. And when making a layered cake, I’ve mentioned this before, I always use Wilton Bake Even strips.

You soak them in water, ring em out, and wrap them around your cake pan. They keep your cake level when it rises. I know some people use towels for this, but with my luck those towels would fall off and start a fire, haha!

Now that you have your pans prepared (2 9-inch round cake pans), start on the cake batter.

Beat butter for two minutes, add sugar and vanilla extract. You’ll also add eggs, beating well after each addition.

Combine the flours, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add to the batter, alternating with the milk. Beat for about 3 minutes.

Pour cake batter into greased and floured cake pans. Bake and cool completely before frosting.

How to make Fudgy Frosting for a Birthday Cake

Add milk chocolate morsels and butter to a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, mix and continue heating in 30 second increments until smooth.

In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, cocoa powder, salt and melted chocolate. Add powdered sugar and milk, beat for 3-5 minutes until fluffy.

Homemade Yellow Cake with Double fudge frosting: from scratch recipe, moist and delicious!

Speaking of frosting, I love the stuff. I like it even more than the cake. While some people scrape off excess frosting from their cake or cupcakes, I’m that person that is snagging your excess. There is no such thing as too much frosting.

I also have a secret confession. I love the fudge frosting in a can. Dip pretzels and apples in it? Yes please. I love how it “hardens” on a cake.

Today’s double fudge frosting tastes just how you would imagine a homemade copycat version of canned frosting would taste, without any artificial color or flavor!

Does that make sense? It’s rich and fudgy.

If you prefer a lighter fluffy buttercream…check out this chocolate buttercream frosting.

How to frost a cake

To assemble the cake, place one layer of cake on a cake plate. Spread a big dollop of frosting on top, then add second layer of cake.

Using an offset spatula, spread the remaining frosting on sides and top. Add sprinkles if desired!

How to make a crumb coating

To make a crumb coating with the frosting, spread a very thin layer of frosting over the cake. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Add final layer of frosting and enjoy.

This is helpful if you find that the frosting is not spreading well and bringing crumbs into the chocolate. I usually skip the crumb coating because I’m lazy, haha!

Yellow cake cupcake on a white doily topped with chocolate fudge frosting and colorful sprinkles.

I know what your next question will be too.

How to make Yellow Cake Cupcakes

I recipe tested these, and they turned out beautiful.

Mind you, I made 4 batches of yellow cake to get this recipe perfect. So go enjoy a cake or cupcakes today!!

Each batch of yellow cake makes 24 beautiful cupcakes. You decide if your dessert is going to be CAKE….or CUPCAKES.

To make cupcakes, line a cupcake tin with paper liners.

Scoop batter into cupcakes until 2/3 full (makes 24 cupcakes). Bake for about 15-17 minutes. Cool before frosting.

Perfect Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate frosting: from scratch, moist and delicious!

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Yield: 12-16 slices

Yellow Cake with Double Fudge Frosting

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

From scratch, yellow birthday cake recipe with fudge frosting!


For the cake:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp whole milk
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. For the Cake, beat butter for 2 minutes. Add sugar and vanilla, continue beating with electric mixer. Add eggs and extra egg yolk, beating well after each addition. Combine the flours, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Add to mixing bowl, alternating with the whole milk. Beat 3 minutes after all is added.
  2. Pour cake batter into two greased and floured 9inch cake pans. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool completely.
  3. For the frosting, add milk chocolate morsels and butter into a small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, mix and continue heating in 30 second increments (mine took one minutes, 30 seconds to melt completely).
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine sour cream, dark cocoa powder, salt and melted chocolate mixture. Add powdered sugar and milk, beat for 3-5 minutes until well blended and fluffy.
  5. To assemble cake, lay one layer of cake on a cake platter. Spread frosting over the top. Add second layer of cake. Spread frosting over sides and top of cake.
  6. Add sprinkles for decoration. ENJOY.


  • To make a crumb coating with the frosting, spread a very thin layer of frosting over the cake. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Add final layer of frosting and enjoy.
  • To make cupcakes, line a cupcake tin with paper liners. Scoop batter into cupcakes until 2/3 full (makes 24 cupcakes). Bake for about 15-17 minutes. Cool before frosting.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 475Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 5g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice

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Posted on March 25, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I’m just getting into baking from scratch so far I have done a double chocolate and a vanilla. Today is my mom and nephews birthday so I think this is perfect thank you for sharing. I was attracted because you use cake flour in yours lol. It looks so pretty and delicious. I don’t have chocolate chips and it’s snowing like crazy so I’m going to try your chocolate buttercream frosting with it. 

  2. Oooh i made something very similar a few months ago, and it was delicious! Loved seeing how you had a different take on it. Looks like a great dinner to me, enjoy.

  3. These look beautiful and absolutely perfect! I love baking from scratch…and always feel guilty if I cheat and use a mix. This is a must try 🙂

  4. Chocolate fudge frosting is my favorite thing to eat! I always take the excess from other people’s plates and honestly, I leave the cake parts over and just eat spoonfuls of the frosting!

  5. from scratch is pretty much always best! and this cake def. delivers-it’s gorgeous and simply classic and PERFECT! looove that frosting!

  6. This cake is gorgeous Aimee! I love yellow cake too and finding a good scratch recipe is so hard. I can’t wait to try this especially with that glorious frosting – totally my favorite part too! Pinned!

  7. Yellow cake with chocolate frosting is my husband’s FAVORITE cake…and his birthday just happens to be next week. I’ll be trying this for his birthday!

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  9. Ok, I feel the need to mention that yellow cake with chocolate frosting is my all time favorite. I mean, if I could (without it touching my hips) I would. Sprinkles are my favorite.. so you can probably guess how I feel about this post today…. LOVE. <3 Awesome recipe.. Gorgeous photos. <3

    1. I meant to say that If I could, I would eat it every day….but in my excitement… I totally missed that part!! 🙂

  10. Sour cream chocolate frosting is the BEST! Love this cake! I agree – once you make it, it’s hard to go back! Pinning this beauty!

  11. What a gorgeous looking cake!! I must be the odd person out (don’t answer that…I know what you are thinking) because I have done the scratch cakes…and I actually prefer the box mixes over them every.single.time. Not that mine are dry or anything, I just like the box mix texture more! Call me crazy…but give me the preservatives 🙂 LOL! Now homemade frosting trumps canned every time…although I do love the canned stuff too! Chocolate frosting and animal crackers for the win!

  12. I saw this picture and in my head I went “I want this cake for my birthday.” Sooooo come February I will be making it 🙂

  13. I’m always looking for a good yellow cake recipe, so this one is joining the repertoire!
    By the way, I learned in a frosting class (I took one, yep) that if you add a little corn syrup to the frosting, it will make it harden like the stuff in the can. Because I agree. I love it when it gets more solid!

    1. Ahhh good to know!!! Using the melted chocolate helps too….once it’s given the chance, it will harden back up 🙂

  14. Every time I try to make a yellow cake from scratch, I find the recipe way too dry. I’m glad you came up with a moist version. And I agree: there is something comforting about a yellow cake with yummy chocolate frosting. Pinned!! 🙂

    1. Thanks for pinning Renee! I was having the same issues in making this. The combo of all purpose and cake flour gives it a nice crumb. The two eggs plus an extra yolk helps too!! ENJOY.

    1. It’s hard to go back to a mix once you bake from scratch. Although, admittedly, I do like mixes for certain types of recipes (poke cakes for one!!)

  15. I adore this — it’s the classic birthday cake combination I grew up with, it’s simply the ideal cake 🙂

  16. Love that this is a scratch cake and I love yellow cake with choc frosting. One of the best combos ever! I went thru exactly what you did in this post about a year ago. I made yellow/choc but in cupcakes. Took me quite awhile to get the perfect texture, for me, that I love. Chocolate is easy, white and yellow scratch cakes seem to be so much harder to nail! pinned 🙂

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