This Homemade Yellow Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting is a rich and buttery layered “naked cake” perfect for any celebration!
Say hello to my first ever homemade, from scratch, delicious cake!
Making a cake is kind of a big deal for me. Not only am I still new to baking, but John and I live alone and making an entire 3-layer cake for only us two seems a bit unnecessary. So if there’s a cake in our house, there’s usually some sort of celebration or party.
So what’s the special occasion?
My birthday was this weekend! I turned 29 on Earth Day, so I decided to bake myself a nice big cake full of all of my favorite things.
My favorite things about this cake
- It’s a yellow cake. I have fond memories of my mom making yellow cakes for everyone’s birthday. It was from a box and it was damn delicious. I actually can’t ever remember her making a white or vanilla cake. Yellow cake always just had more flavor to her. And I totally agree.
- It’s covered with vanilla cream cheese frosting. Hands down, any type of cream cheese frosting is my favorite. It’s never too sweet like regular icing can be, it’s buttery, rich, smooth and so so creamy. There’s a reason the last two frostings I’ve made have been cream cheese based. (See Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting and Margarita Cupcakes with Tequila Cream Cheese Frosting.)
- It’s filled with strawberry preserves. Again, this is a thing my mom always did with cakes and I absolutely love it. Instead of making her own compote, she would buy preserves (not jam) and fill a cake with it. Not too much because you don’t want it to be overly sweet, but enough that you get the strawberry flavor. Also strawberry is my favorite ice cream flavor, so I love strawberry filled foods.
As far as what I did on my actual birthday…I actually didn’t do much. And that was completely by choice. The day before, I went to happy hour with some work friends. On the actual day of, my friend took me to Sephora and bought me some makeup and I stayed home and watched Dr. Who with some good friends.
With my wedding coming up in a month and my bachelorette party happening in a few week, I didn’t have any desire to do anything other than relax at home and bake myself a cake. And I must say, doing absolutely nothing was amazing.
So cheers to turning 29. May it be a great year!
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