Test Kitchen–Yellow Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

I recently had to make a birthday cake to take to a celebration so I went looking for a yummy recipe.  And as I’ve said before, it’s photo’s that help convince me if I will or won’t make a recipe.  And that my friends is why I love Pinterest.  So many pictures, so many recipes, so many creative people! 

Once I found a convincing picture with a recipe that I was happy with, I pinned it on my Party! board went to work. 

I did make a couple modifications to this recipe.  I used margarine in the cake since I was nearly out of butter – I saved the butter for the frosting.   I also used skim milk instead of whole milk, and added an extra teaspoon of vanilla to the batter for good measure. 

I made a 6” double layer cake and 6 cupcakes from this recipe.  I baked the cupcakes for about 11 minutes, and the cake for about 26 minutes.

And how did this cake recipe fare in my book?  The cake was delicious and received a lot of compliments, but it was a bit heavier than I had expected.  I would have preferred a lighter version.  The frosting was perfect because the cream cheese helped cut the sweetness that you’d find in a typical buttercream frosting.


So, are you like me?  Do you need a picture of a recipe to convince you to try it?


4 thoughts on “Test Kitchen–Yellow Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. The yellow cake looks amazing and so fluffy. I have received a couple cookbooks to review and no photos are in the books. I am a visual learner, so I wish all cookbooks had photos of the recipes. What a lovely recipe to test, and I bet tasted amazing! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  2. Yes, yes, yes to pictures! They are a great reference point when baking/cooking. In the group that I am baking with now, our cookbook has very few pictures and it drives me crazy. My goal isn’t to exactly duplicate the picture. I just want to know if I’m on the right track. Your cupcake looks like summertime and it’s so good to hear from you.


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