Saturday, July 8, 2017

Basic Yellow Cake (Golden Glow Cake)

This is a basic yellow cake recipe I got out of an old  Ann Pillsbury recipe pamphlet.  And I do mean old.
It was actually endorsed by Kate Smith, a wonderful singer who could belt it out there.  She was very popular during WWII. And had her own TV show on NBC.    This booklet was first published in 1952.
I've really enjoyed the recipes and descriptions from this booklet.  And I'll share a few more recipes at a later date.  
I've actually made a few of these yellow cakes lately.  And also had fun playing with the decorations.
This is one I made for a friend's birthday, she wanted Sour Cream frosting on it. 
Yellow Cake with Sour Cream Frosting
 And then there was this one, it was pretty popular when it was raffled off at the Legion.
Yellow Cake with Chocolate frosting

Yellow Cake with Chocolate frosting
 And just in case you were wondering how it looked, naked...
Basic Yellow Cake
This cake can go anywhere, dressed or undressed.
This recipe also yields about 25-30 cupcakes, depending on how full you fill the cups.

Yield: 8-12 servings (a 2 layer cake)

Basic Yellow Cake (Golden Glow Cake)

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 35 mins
This is from an old recipe booklet put out by Pillsbury in the early 1950's. I've adapted it a little, but it's a great basic recipe to have on hand.


  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (made by adding 1/4 cup Potato or Corn starch to 2 cups AP flour)
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup milk + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch cake pans. Set aside. Mix together the butter, flour salt, sugar and 3/4 cup milk for three minutes to make a smooth batter. 
  2. Add the two eggs, vanilla and the last 2 tablespoons of milk. Beat for an additional 2 minutes. 
  3. Pour equal amounts of the batter into two well greased and floured 8 or 9 inch cake pans. 
  4. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool and frost as you like.
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Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. You can dress up a basic cake anyway and you've done some fantastic jobs. I'm not sure I would actually call this cake "basic." It looks delicious!

    1. I cannot believe I missed your comment. Thanks so much, I've had a lot of fun with this cake, dressed or undressed, it can go almost anywhere.


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