Classic Yellow Cake with Mango Glaze

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This was the cake I baked for HD’s birthday last year. And in another two months, it will be his birthday again… hehe… I don’t know why this poor thing waited and waited and waited… but finally it is here! πŸ™‚


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Actually, there is no point in baking a cake on his birthday. He will still complain that nobody bakes anything for him and doesn’t remember his special days. Darn, right! I tell him that it is just that he is growing old and he doesn’t remember what all is being done for him. πŸ˜‰ I am really surprised that just another week and InShaAllah ,we will move into our thirteenth year of life together and I have not planned anything yet! Yikes… this is so unusual of me! Normally, the cake to be baked is planned months in advance and execution starts from a week, so I should have been ready by now, but alas, that’s not the case. I had so many ideas buzzing in my head, however they all seem to have sunk somewhere. Especially being on a vegan diet means I cannot use butter and eggs, and not using them does not justify a celebration cake! πŸ˜‰ So I am still wondering what to bake… Cooking is out of question as it will be our normal meals and the celebration we have is only in the form of cakes, so I need to be prepared at least to do something… I am feeling like a bad wife now. πŸ˜‰


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A classic yellow cake is an American cake that has more egg yolks in it and hence the color and the name. And if you go on a search, a white cake has more egg whites than yolks! πŸ˜‰ InShaAllah, that will be for trial once I am out of my vegan diet… hehe… I have adapted the recipe from here and it is fairly simple to make. I have preferred to keep it plain, you can make a marble cake of this batter by adding a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder into half the batter. Seems interesting, right? The mango glaze gave it a nice tangy edge and we enjoyed having this cake over tea on a bright weekend afternoon. You can simply dust with icing sugar or couple it up with chocolate ganache as well – the list is endless! I feel this cake would make a nice party cake, when doubled and nicely decked up, since it is a sturdy cake. Off to the recipe…


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5 from 1 vote

Classic Yellow Cake with Mango Glaze

Course Cakes
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Author Rafeeda


  • 120 gm butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • For mango glaze:
  • 1 small mango pulped
  • Juice from 1/2 orange
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 20 gm butter


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a fluted pan or any 8 inch pan.
  • Sift the dry ingredients together and set aside.
  • Beat the butter and sugar using a hand mixer till light and fluffy.
  • Add one egg at a time and beat after each addition till combined.
  • Add in the egg yolks one at a time and beat till combined. Add in the vanilla.
  • Now reduce the speed of the mixer and add the dry ingredients and buttermilk alternatively, ie. add 1/3 of the flour and beat, then add half the buttermilk and beat, add another 1/3 of the flour, then buttermilk and finally the flour, beating just to combine. Do not overbeat!
  • Transfer the batter to the pan and bake for 30 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then flip onto the cooling rack.
  • For making the glaze, melt the butter in the microwave. Combine all other ingredients and whisk well.
  • Keep the cooled cake on a plate and pour the glaze all over. Slice and enjoy!

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  1. A year ago! How mean is that! The moment I saw the yellow on my reader … I stopped what I was doing to come and read it! πŸ˜› Yellow is my fav color.. well one of and this cake with mango glaze looks stunning! Mangoes are not yet here.. will try it when I get them.. can I halve this recipe?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yellow yellow dirty fellow… πŸ˜› I don’t know what prolonged it, but finally it’s here… Yes, you can half the recipe and make it in a tiny pan… Thanks a lot Fami…

  2. this looks beautiful and i love anything with mangoes.. will give this one a try…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Razina…

  3. Wooow look at the colour!awesome !that glaze????????

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot daa… πŸ™‚

  4. Endaa idu Nadia Moidu inde old cinema pole complete yellow color analloo. Very beautiful I am loving it.
    The cake looks soo pretty and very elegant.

  5. This looks so beautiful!! love the color.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Binjal…

  6. Resna Nishad says:

    Ente padachone what I am seeing!! look at the colour!! so good…don’t have words…I was busy doing some works but couldn’t resist to come here…it’s so good

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Resna…

  7. I’m drooling here! Cake looks so yummy!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

  8. Truly delicious rafee… Love this glaze cake… Awesome share

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priya…

  9. you are right if, HD says nobody bakes for them…it really means that their mother didn’t bake for them, its not we….so chill dear. But the cake is sooo attractive and deliciously soft with tangy sweet touch…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I love that reasoning you gave… maybe the reason! Thank you so much Nisa…

  10. Gorgeous cake. Lovely color and looks soo perfect.

  11. Stunning yellow cake. Happy Birthday from all of us in advance

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sowmya…

  12. Such a bright and delicious looking I am waiting for ur vegan cake so that I can try it πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Kaveri… hopefully soon… πŸ™‚

  13. 5 stars
    I love this cake with mango glaze Rafee.
    I love mangoes.
    Love the pictures !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

  14. wow that mango glaze looks really amazing!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  15. Last years’ recipe! I am all yellow when I was your cake and it looks soo yummy, nice pic,

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Hiba…

  16. Loved the glaze…that is one perfect dessert for the mango season..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Anupa…

  17. I am a die hard mango fan..this is a perfect cake for me πŸ™‚ I bake cakes for other people but no one will believe if I say I have never baked a birthday cake for my hubby !! I think I will get the trophy for bad wife. I have an excuse though, my son’s birthday is just days apart from his , so we always have left over cake .. ..he he..he doesn’t have a sweet tooth, so he never complained..phew =D

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Even though he is also not a sweet tooth, he still needs something. Hehe… Thank you so much Vinee… πŸ™‚

  18. Wowie… Need I say more..
    Love this cake so simple yet delish…. The colour of the glaze makes me want to eat it up

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sharvari…

  19. Cake looks superb dear…loved it..very inviitng

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Gloria…

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