Back-to-Basics Yellow Cake
This cake is everything you expect of a yellow cake: tender and buttery, with a nice hint of vanilla. Enjoy it simply plain for an afternoon indulgence, or layer it with a sweet and creamy buttercream or a decadently dense fudge frosting for an ultimate birthday party treat.
This traditional butter cake may seem somewhat dry to those of you used to boxed cake mixes. For a moister cake, substitute vegetable oil for some of the butter; see "tips," below, for details. Also, be sure to serve it at room temperature; as with any butter cake, refrigeration will harden it up.