Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream is a classic baked treat that will be a hit at any and every function! The yellow cake is buttery and soft and the chocolate buttercream is fluffy and delicious!
Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream is such a classic dessert. You have a buttery soft yellow cake coupled with a fluffy chocolate buttercream.. and honestly, it's such a great combo. What is it about chocolate and vanilla that goes together so well? It's like heaven! This cake is also super simple to make. You don't need to be a master baker to assemble this cake and best of all, it doesn't require any fancy ingredients, no long wait times. Just mix everything together, bake, ice, and eat!
Okay, so I've already mentioned to everyone that I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate. However, there's something about this yellow cake and chocolate buttercream combo that I thoroughly enjoy. Perhaps the light vanilla and buttery flavor of the cake compliments the chocolate buttercream in a way that I find to be tasty. I'm not sure what it is, but I know that it's really, really good.
Every time I make this cake, I always think of the box cake mix from the supermarket. It has the yellow cake label with the chocolate buttercream. I remember walking past those boxes while grocery shopping with my mom and always wanting to buy the mix and make cake! Luckily, my mom loves to bake too and we'd occasionally indulge and bake those together! I have such fond food memories cooking with my mom as a kid. Especially around the holidays.
So, in essence, they're the same thing. A lot of people make the differentiation between a yellow cake and a white cake. Now, those are actually different. A yellow cake is a cake that has more of a custardy taste. This flavor primarily stems from the amount of eggs that are used. A white cake uses egg whites exclusively, which given that the egg yolks are excluded, allow for the cake to be white. Both yellow and white cakes contain vanilla. Hence the confusion. However, both are delicious and have their place in the kitchen. Or at the table. Or wherever it is that you're eating them I suppose. lol
If I had to pin a taste to this cake, I would truly think back to the yellow box cake mix... but turn up the flavor and the texture from like a 1 to a 10. If box cake is a 1, this cake is a definite 10. Now I'm not trying to throw any shade at box cake mix. I actually thoroughly enjoy a box cake mix (from time to time), however, there's nothing like a homemade cake. It's delicious, fun to make, uses real ingredients... and c'mon, there's a true satisfaction that you get from baking your own cake. Especially when it's as easy and tasty as this one! If I had to actually describe the flavor, this yellow cake is super buttery with a vanilla flavor. The flavor is light and delicate.
It's super easy! So, for this recipe, you want to start by making sure that your butter is at room temperature. You beat the butter in a stand mixer/hand mixer until it's light and fluffy - which takes about 2-3 minutes. (I like to beat the butter for thee minutes because it ensures that the buttercream gets airy!) Then you slowly begin to add in powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. One all of the ingredients are added and are fully incorporated, I add a tiny bit of milk to make the buttercream light and maximize taste. It's SO good.
For this chocolate buttercream, I used dutch-processed cocoa powder! This is not a necessity, however, I highly recommend it. Dutch processed cocoa powder is less acidic than the traditional cocoa powder and has a bit of a smoother taste that yields a lovely but rich chocolatey buttercream flavor. Here's the cocoa powder that I used, click here. If you don't have dutch-processed cocoa powder, you can use any natural unsweetened cocoa powder!
There are several ways to store this cake! If you're going to be eating the cake throughout the week, you can store the cake on the counter of your kitchen at room temperature inside of a cake cover. You really don't need to refrigerate the cake. The cake should last up to 5 days. After that, things get a little fussy. If you would like to store the cake for a time in the future, it's best to freeze it. You want to start by refrigerating the cake for about 30 minutes, then taking the cake out of the refrigerator and wrapping it in plastic wrap and freezing it. It will keep in the freezer for about 3 months.
It takes about 45 minutes to bake this cake in the oven with about 10-15 minutes prep work. (i.e. measuring out the ingredients, mixing everything together, prepping the pans for baking). Once the cakes have finished baking, you want to give them adequate time to cool before frosting, about 30 minutes. So, from start to finish, about 2 hours total time. I recommend making the frosting while the cake is baking. This makes it so that when the cake is finished cooling, you can ice it immediately and dive right in!
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