whole round yellow cake with yellow icing and pastel sprinkles on blue plate

Single-Layer Round Yellow Cake

No box cake mix here. Make your own yellow cake and try our Simple Syrup and/or Butter-cream cheese frosting recipes too!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: one layer homemade round cake recipe, one layer yellow cake recipe, single layer yellow cake, single layer yellow round cake recipe from scratch
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 226kcal


Cake Batter

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. Madagascar vanilla bean extract
  • cup vegetable oil (or blend of butter + oil; 2.5 Tbsp. butter + 3 Tbsp. oil)
  • ½ cup milk 1%
  • 1 ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt optional

Simple Syrup

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 tsp. Madagascar vanilla bean extract


Simple Syrup

  • Combine sugar, water, and salt.
  • Heat enough to dissolve the sugar, then stir in extract. Set aside and let cool.


  • Preheat your oven to 350° F degrees.
  • Grease or Spray with PAM baking spray on an 8 or 9-inch round cake pan.
  • Using an electric mixer on high (or 3 - 4 if you have a digital mixer), beat sugar, eggs, & vanilla for one minute to thicken.
  • On low speed, add the remaining ingredients (in the order listed) but do not over-mix. This should take less than a minute.
  • Pour into the baking pan and bake for 25 - 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and let cool for 10 - 15 minutes before removing the pan.
  • Once the cake is out of the pan and onto the cooling rack, poke a few holes in the cake using a toothpick (small) or skewer (preferred size). Using a spritz/spray bottle or a pastry brush, apply the simple syrup.
  • You can then serve and enjoy! OR add frosting and enjoy!


Try our Buttercream frosting, along with some sprinkles or whatever you choose! We're honoring Spring with our yellow buttercream and pastel sprinkles.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
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