A simple recipe for yellow cake on Pillsbury.com has eight ingredients, uses 10 minutes of prep time and is ready to serve in less than two hours. This recipe creates about 12 servings, making a 13-by-9-inch cake or a two-layer 8- or 9-inch round cake.
To make this basic yellow cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, mix 2 1/2 cups of flour, 3 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. In a large bowl, add 3/4 cup of softened butter and 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Beat the ingredients with an electric mixer on medium speed, scraping the bowl occasionally. Once the mixture is light and fluffy, mix in 1 teaspoon of vanilla and 3 eggs. Next, alternately add the flour mixture and 1 cup of milk.
Grease and lightly flour the baking pan to prevent the cake from sticking. Bake the batter in one pan for 33 to 40 minutes, or evenly divide the batter in two pans and bake for 27 to 35 minutes. Cool the cakes in their pans for 10 minutes, and then remove and place them on wire racks. Cool the cakes completely for about one hour. Fill and frost the cake, and serve.