Yellow Cake with Fudge Icing

Everyone has a weakness (or 6) on Instagram.  Whether it be puppy videos, white sand beaches, or weird memes, there’s something that you always send to that one friend endlessly.

For me, I’ve become obsessed with cake decorating videos.  It’s so satisfying watching the icing smoothed and glaze drip down the side.  Some people are insanely talented (my favourites are @preppykitchen and @stylesweetca) and you can’t help get inspired.  Hence why I found myself in the Michaels baking section immediately after work on Friday night.

I was going to bake a schmancy blog birthday cake.

This week marks one year of Pie Girl Bakes, and I want to thank each and every one of you for joining me on my baking journey.  What better way to celebrate than cake?  This is a classic yellow cake that is deliciously moist, and the icing tastes just like a Fudgee-o cookie (might be a Canadian thing, look it up).  This recipe was adapted from @stylesweetca.

I’ll be holding another Instagram giveaway for the birthday, so stay tuned!

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs and 2 yolks
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (if you can’t find it, take 1 1/4 cups of milk and add 1 tbsp of vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes)

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups salted butter, softened
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 4 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 – 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp light corn syrup


Preheat oven to 350F and lightly coat 3 8-inch cake pans with butter and dust them with flour.

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl, set aside.  Beat butter until it is smooth and creamy.  Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.


Add eggs one at a time, beating on a medium low speed.  Add vanilla and mix until incorporated. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.

Benefit of farm eggs? Beautiful yellow/orange yolks give this colour!

Add half the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  While mixing, stream in buttermilk and mix until smooth.  Add remaining dry ingredients and mix until smooth and combined.

Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 20-22 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

To make the icing, beat butter and melted chocolate together until smooth.  Sift together icing sugar, cocoa and salt and add to butter mixture in parts until fully mixed in.  Add vanilla, corn syrup and 2 tbsp of milk and mix until smooth.  Add more milk to desired texture (I used 3 tbsp).

Frost your cake and enjoy!




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