How to Make the Perfect Birthday Cake


Yellow cake is layered with a rich chocolate-and-sour cream frosting for a moist and picture-perfect layer cake good for any day, birthday or not.

What you will need

For the Cake:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing

3¼ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

1 tablespoon dry milk powder

1 tablespoon baking powder

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups sugar

8 (½ cup) egg yolks

1¼ cups buttermilk

For the Frosting

For the Frosting:

1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips

1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

¾ cup sour cream

4 sticks unsalted butter, softened

1½ cups confectioners' sugar

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


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