Yellow Cake with Double Fudge Frosting

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

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

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.

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.

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

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!

I know what your next question will be too. Can I use this cake recipe to make cupcakes?

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

Of course you can! 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.

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


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.

From scratch YELLOW CAKE with Double Fudge frosting. Also makes delicious, moist cupcakes!

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47 comments on “Yellow Cake with Double Fudge Frosting”

  1. 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 🙂

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

  3. I have yet to add a “from scratch” cake to my repertoire but it’s definitely something every baker should have. Yours looks fantastic! Love how this can be cake and cupcakes!

  4. Yellow cake is absolutely my favorite. This is so pretty Aimee!

  5. 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!! 🙂

  6. Mir

    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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. I love a good yellow cake. looks delicious

  10. This looks so good Aimee! A true classic!

  11. I love homemade cakes but have yet to find a yellow cake that I like. Can’t wait to try yours!

  12. Oh…I can’t resist a homemade yellow cake!! And that frosting made with milk chips…YES!

  13. This is the most perfect yellow cake ever! Look at that yummy frosting 😀

  14. 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!

  15. 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

  16. What an absolutely gorgeous cake! I need a slice pronto!

  17. Yellow cake is seriously my favorite! But as much as I love it, I’m so there with you loving the frosting even more….I’ll take a little cake with my frosting. 😀

  18. Delicious! How soft and fluffy does this cake look? Love the height too. Perfect birthday cake!

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  20. This cake is beautiful! The chocolate frosting is making my mouth water just looking at it!

  21. Yum! I like my cake with lots of frosting too!

  22. MJ

    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!

  23. And suddenly I NEED a giant slice of yellow cake with fudge frosting!! This looks amazing!!

  24. 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!

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

  26. Ahh this frosting! I have always preferred fudgy over fluffy. I am excited to try this recipe. I love the flavor of boxed yellow cake but have always found it a little dry. Pinned!!

  27. 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!

  28. nothing better than a classic cake!

  29. 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 🙂

  30. 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.

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  32. It make me to eat. i like this cake. Thanks for sharing

  33. My daughter’s favorite type of cake. ????

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