Harlow's First Birthday Downy Yellow Butter Cake with Lemon Buttercream frosting by Brooke Basinger and Grace Basinger #crumbcoat #barecake #Lemon #buttercream

Grandma Grace's Downy Yellow Butter Cake

A tribute to my Grandmother Grace, on my daughter's birthday, for there's no denying her love for cooking and her family. 

Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10
Author Brooke


  • 6 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1 Cup Milk Leveled
  • 2 1/4 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 Cups Cake Flour Sifted
  • 1.5 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 12 Tbsp Unsalted butter room temp - must be softened


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Cook time: 25 - 35 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl lightly combine the egg yolks, 1/4 cup milk, and vanilla.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add the softened butter and remaining 3/4 cup milk. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Add wet ingredients to dry. Increase to medium speed (high for a hand mixer), and beat for 1 1/2 minutes to aerate and develop the cake structure. Scrape down the sides. 

  4.  Scrape the batter into pans and smooth the surface with a spatula. The pans will be half full. 

  5. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes. Insert tester toothpick in middle - it should come out clean when done.

  6. Serve with icing or by itself with fresh fruit.

Recipe Notes

Yields two 9" cakes.