My grandmother was a great cook — the absolute best! Seriously…. Just ask anyone who ever ate her food. Amazing.
The bad news is that she didn’t have many recipes written down that I know of. One that I have from her is this golden yellow cake. Now, I believe it’s her recipe — I’m 98% sure — but it may be from my 7th grade home economics class. All I remember for sure is that this recipe was added to the recipes made in that class, in my mini 3-ring cookbook binder that I used to store them all. Some recipes we were asked to bring from home, to use in the class, and I’m sure that’s why this one is included. I remember going to Gram with requests for a few of my favorites.
So I guess there is a 2% chance my memory is completely goofed up and Gram never made this. I’ll check with my mom soon — she’s got a better memory for the history of recipes than I do!
Golden Yellow Cake
1 stick butter, softened but NOT MELTED
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk (I use whole milk)
2 1/2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 375F (350F if using glass or dark metal pans).
*Note: This is where I differ from Gram’s instructions for this recipe. On her version the directions are simply to “beat all ingredients for 4 minutes”, but over the years I’ve done it a bit differently, as noted below.
Cream together butter and sugar. On low speed add vanilla and eggs. Slowly add milk alternatively with combined flour, baking powder and salt. Once all combined, beat on medium speed for 4 minutes. Scrape sides a few times.
Grease and flour a 9×13 or two 8×8 or 9×9 pans, or use parchment paper to line your pan(s).
If using a 9×13 pan, bake for 25-30 minutes.
If using two 8×8 or 9×9 pans, bake for 14-18 minutes. (*Note: I’ve made this cake again in 9-inch round pans, and the oven temp was at 350F due to something else in the oven at the same time. The cooking time for the cakes at that temp was 18-22 minutes.)
*Edited to add that on May 16th I made these into cupcakes, and baked them for 18-20 minutes. I frosted them with chocolate fudge frosting and they were delicious!
A toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean when the cake is done. And it will be golden yellow on the top… hence the name of the recipe!