How to Make a Simple Yellow Cake with One Mixing Bowl

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Who doesn’t love a simple yellow cake recipe that you can whip up in a few minutes without even pulling out your electric mixer? Today, I have a fantastic yellow sheet cake that is so easy and inexpensive with a fine grain texture to tell you about.

Believe it or not, this is the quick mix type that you use one large mixing bowl and basically just combine all the ingredients. To incorporate, you can use a fork or a whisk. I prefer using a whisk because it is easier when holding that mixing bowl for giving it some vigorous whisks. However, if you don’t have a whisk, a fork does suffice.

Some bloggers will give you recipes on the gourmet side with some ingredients that are more expensive to buy as well as a complicated process to prepare. On the other hand, I don’t cook that way and only use common inexpensive ones that are more affordable to fit within my budget.

In fact, when I see recipes with fancy ingredients that jack up the price of what I want to make, I do one of two things. Either I eliminate that costly ingredient and make the recipe without it or I substitute with a cheaper ingredient.

This easy cake recipe that I want to share with you uses canola oil and just two eggs besides a few other common ingredients that are in your refrigerator and pantry. What I am saying is this is one that won’t have you running to the grocery store when your family or last minute company pops over and you would love to serve a quick dessert.

You can frost it with your usual favorite frosting. I use a buttercream icing. Sometimes, I do a plain vanilla, chocolate, lemon, or peppermint or chocolate-peanut butter versions of buttercream.

I hope you try my recipe because it really is a keeper for how delicious, easy and inexpensive it is.

You also may want to try another easy yellow oil cake that I make that is also very good with creamy yellow frosting. It uses a few tablespoons of a cornstarch and no eggs for those with allergies or watching their cholesterol.

Simple Yellow Cake Recipe

2-1/4 cups of sifted flour
3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder leveled
1 teaspoon of salt
1 ½ cups of sugar
½ cups of canola oil
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 large eggs
frosting of your choice

Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl with your whisk. Give it a few good strokes to well combine everything. It should about two minutes to get it smooth without any lumps.

Pour mixture into a well-greased baking pan (about 11-1/2″ x 8-1/2″).

Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30-35 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated.

Test with a toothpick, slender knife or cake tester to see if it is done.

Cool before frosting with your favorite icing.

ENJOY!

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Simple Yellow Cake Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

My simple yellow cake is so easy and inexpensive with a fine grain texture that will surprise you in how delicious it is.

Course: Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy cake recipes, one-bowl cake, simple cake, simple yellow cake, yellow cake with buttercream frosting
Servings: 8
Author: Mary Balandiat
Ingredients
  • 2-1/4 cups of sifted flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons of baking powder leveled
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 ½ cups of sugar
  • ½ cups of canola oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • frosting of your choice
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl with your whisk. Give it a few good strokes to well combine everything. It should about two minutes to get it smooth without any lumps.
  2. Pour mixture into a well-greased baking pan (about 11-1/2″ x 8-1/2″).
  3. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 30-35 minutes, depending on how your oven is regulated.
  4. Test with a toothpick, slender knife or cake tester to see if it is done.
  5. Cool before frosting with your favorite icing.
  6. ENJOY!
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4 Comments

  1. Theresa Blanchette
    July 8, 2022 / 5:22 pm

    can you substitute self-rising flour for the flour/baking powder/salt?

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      July 8, 2022 / 5:28 pm

      Hi Theresa,

      I honestly can’t tell you. I have never used self-rising flour in this recipe. In fact, I never have used it. I really don’t know if the baking powder would be the same in self-rising.

      Baking powder and baking soda are tricky unless you level them. If you use too much or too little the cake can be bad.

  2. Mattie
    April 18, 2024 / 5:47 pm

    Can you use an electric hand mixer instead of a whisk or fork to combine the ingredients?

    • Mary Balandiat
      Author
      April 19, 2024 / 5:55 am

      Hi Mattie,

      I don’t see why not. It should be fine.

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