Better Homes & Gardens Basic Yellow Cake

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This basic yellow cake recipe takes only a few extra minutes to prepare, compared to the Pillsbury boxed version you might get at the store.  The health benefits of making your own cake from scratch though far outweigh those precious extra minutes.  With our version, you will get over 200 grams less sodium per serving and no added preservatives or artificial ingredients.


My daughter enjoying our basic yellow cake on her first birthday!

If you’re still new to cooking, I highly recommend Better Homes & Gardens’ checkered cookbook as part of your recipe book collection.  This was my very first cookbook (because my mom relied on this for many years in her own kitchen), and it comes packed with so many basic, staple recipes for every American kitchen.

It’s from the 1989 version of the book that I get my basic yellow cake recipe.  Top it off with our homemade butter cream icing, and you will be begging for seconds!

Better Homes & Gardens Basic Yellow Cake

This recipe comes from the 1989 version of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cook Book.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Bonnie Hershey


  • 3 Cups unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 TBL baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease and flour either 1 13x9" pan, 2 9" round pans, or 12 muffin cups.
  • In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
  • Add milk, butter and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  • Add eggs last and mix well.
  • Pour into prepared pan(s).
  • Bake according to your pan's size as follows (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean): 13x9" pan for 30-35 minutes, 2 9" pans for 25-30 minutes, cupcakes for 20-25 minutes


Bonnie Hershey currently serves as a business and nutrition coach with their business, Hershey Holistic Health. She holds an undergrad degree in education, and a certification in Practical Nutrition from the Northwest Academy of Practical Nutrition. She has over 20 years of leadership experience and enjoys encouraging others in their personal growth.

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