A Great Birthday Cake


I can’t take credit for this recipe.

But I can say that the two recipes I used to make Nick’s birthday cake are some of the best I’ve ever had.


Since I’m a basket case when it comes to making layer cakes, I knew better than to try to make my own recipe. I freak out when I’m trying to level off the layers and ice the cake without making a crumbly mess all over the kitchen (which happens no matter what). Add to that the fact that one of these cakes was overflowing in the oven…I’m glad I chose tried and true recipes!

I looked online and found a cake and frosting recipe from two people I knew I could count on.


The cake itself is smartly called “The Best Birthday Cake” from Smitten Kitchen. I wanted a good old classic yellow cake recipe, and this was delicious! Buttery, light, and lots of vanilla flavor – just what I was looking for.


The frosting is one I saw Kelly post with her Cornmeal Cake on Evil Shenanigans a little while ago, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Her Chocolate Buttermilk frosting was the perfect match with the buttermilk-laced cake.

Have a birthday coming up? Make this.

Just want an excuse to make and eat a cake? Make this.

Either way, it’s a good idea.

What’s your favorite kind of cake?

20 Responses to “A Great Birthday Cake”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Looks like you did a fabulous job with your cake! I really should try that recipe for my husband who loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting!

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    Joanne — June 20, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I totally have a love/hate relationship with making layer cakes. They stress me out to no end, but when the finished product looks good, you can’t help but feel like a million bucks! This cake looks absolutely fabulous and you can’t go wrong with that classic yellow cake/chocolate frosting combo!

    • admin replied: — June 20th, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Me too! I love seeing them when they’re done, but man – they drive me nuts :)

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    This could easily become my favorite cake!

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    Erica — June 20, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    So perfect. I am not normally a cake fan, but i have a feeling i would love this

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — June 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I love a good, simple cake recipe :) thanks yo!! one of my fav cakes is either my Chocolate Chip butter cake or the Apple Spice Cake. Check em out!! sooo delish! http://lauren-whatlaurenlikes.blogspot.com/2011/06/apple-spice-cake-with-brown-sugar.html

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    The Teenage Taste — June 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Mmmm…that cake looks fabulous, Brandi! I’m a sucker for a good ol’ yellow cake, but my favorite is probably Carrot Cake with lots of cream cheese frosting.

    Happy Birthday to Nick!

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    Shannon — June 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    oh man, that sounds awesome! looks great too :) frosting can hide alot of things, i’ve learned! plus, as long as it tastes good…

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    Kacy — June 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I love white/vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. Or red velvet. Or carrot cake. Or Italian cream. :)

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    Jes — June 20, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Awesome cake!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — June 20, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Well it looks fantastic to me. I’d never know layers cakes make you nervous. ;)

    • admin replied: — June 20th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks :) I’m seriously a spastic mess when I’m putting them together!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — June 20, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    your caked turned out great—i bet nick was so pleased! :)

    my fave cake is italian cream cake–it has coconut and pecans and a cream cheese frosting!

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    Sarah R — June 20, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love making layer cakes and have made them for close friend’s birthdays for several years. I love the challenge. Yours looks great and I’m sure it tasted even better!

    • admin replied: — June 20th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Sarah!

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    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — June 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    oh that cake looks deliciously perfect!!!! glad you had such a nice weekend too :)

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    Sweet Potato Sarah — June 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    The cake looks so tasty – is there anything nicer than chocolate icing?
    Glad you had a lovely weekend :)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Looks great! White cake with chocolate frosting is my hubby’s favorite!

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    Stacy Myers — June 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I <3 Smitten Kitchen! :-)

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    Amber @ Caleigh's Kitchen — June 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    I LOVE that recipe, it is my favorite too! I was planning on posting about it soon too! The perfect yellow cake for sure. I might have to make it tonight.

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