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The ultimate birthday cake! A classic yellow cake with a rich chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles. | livforcake.com
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Classic Birthday Cake

The ultimate birthday cake recipe! A classic yellow cake with a rich chocolate frosting and colorful sprinkles. The perfect flashback to your childhood.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 683kcal
Author Olivia


Yellow Cake:

Chocolate Frosting:


  • birthday sprinkles


Vanilla Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 8" cake rounds and line with parchment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on med-high until pale and fluffy (approx 3mins). Reduce speed and add eggs one at a time fully incorporating after each addition. Add vanilla.
  • Alternate adding flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour (3 additions of flour and 2 of milk). Fully incorporating after each addition.
  • Bake for 35-40mins or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean.
  • Place cakes on wire rack to cool for 10mins then turn out onto wire rack.

Chocolate Frosting

  • In a large bowl, whisk sifted powdered sugar and cocoa powder to combine. Set aside.
  • Beat butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating well between each addition. Beat until smooth (approx 5mins).
  • Add in cooled melted chocolate and beat until combined. Add in milk until desired consistency is reached (I added all 4 Tbsp).


  • Place one layer of cake on a cake stand or serving plate. Top with approximately 1 cup of buttercream. Repeat with remaining layer and crumb coat the cake. Chill for 20mins.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake in a rustic manner using an offset spatula.
  • Decorate the top with sprinkles and decorative flags if desired.


* Clear vanilla extract is artificial and I find gives more of that classic birthday cake flavour. You can use any kind of vanilla though.


Calories: 683kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 331mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3.6mg