Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Classic Yellow Half Birthday Cake

    Somebody super cute and very special had a half birthday recently!  MiMi always made us half birthday cakes when we were kids, so I wanted to carry on the tradition.  Any excuse for cake, am I right?!  I did think in moderation though and really only made a half of a cake, rather than making a "half" cake that was really just twice as tall.  Though the thought did cross my  mind!

    Jax was happy to help.  He loves to be involved when I am in the kitchen.  He helped me get the ingredients in the bowl and was also quick to volunteer to like the paddle when we were done.  This makes a nice moist cake.  It is more dense than a box mix cake, but has a love of vanilla flavor.  I will happily make it again!  It is perfect that you can make just 1 9" round cake.  That way I don't end up overindulging quite as much!  Just PLEASE make sure your cake pan is at least 2" deep.  Otherwise make two thinner layers and reduce the baking time a bit. 

     I made a quick Mascarpone Frosting for the cake and topped it with some sprinkles at the half-birthday boy's request.  Afterall, everything is more fun with sprinkles.  I have to say the result was quite delicious.  Who's half birthday is next?! We're ready for more!

Classic Yellow Half Birthday Cake
makes 1 9" cake


1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 T vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 2/3 cups flour
1 cup sour cream

1 recipe Mascarpone Frosting

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare a 9" round cake pan that is at least 2" deep.  You can grease and flour it, or I usually just use a spray with flour in it.
  2. Cream the butter for a minute.  Add sugar and cream until completely incorporated.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time.  Beat well after each addition and scrape the sides of the pan as you go.   Turn the mixer to high and whip for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Mix until combined.
  5. Add 2/3 cup flour, mixing until just combined.  Then stir in 1/2 cup sour cream.  Add 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup sour cream and then the last 1/2 cup flour, stirring until just combined after each addition.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.  
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before turning the cake onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  8. When cake is completely cooled, frost and add sprinkles!

Recipe adapted from: Bunny's Warm Oven


  1. What a sweet and brilliant idea!! And YUM!!

    1. Thank you, this is definitely one of the fun traditions from my childhood that I couldn't wait to do with Jax!

  2. This looks really nice ♥


  3. Super cute idea! And this sounds SO tasty. Definitely going to give this cake recipe a try :)

    1. It is a fun tradition! I hope you love the cake!

  4. What a great recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen

    1. Thanks Miz Helen! Half birthdays are one of my favorite childhood traditions!

  5. Super cute idea! I love just about any kind of cake, so this one is a must try. Thanks for sharing your idea and your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Me too! I love the half cake tradition and am excited to keep it going. Thanks for hosting!

  6. That half is so important to children isn't it! I did a half birthday cake for my eldest's first birthday but haven't since. We have the full birthdays coming up soon though. Thanks for sharing the recipe with the Blog Fair.

    1. When you're only a couple of years old, every half makes a big difference! I just love doing the half cake. I always thought it was so much fun as a kid too!


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