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The Silver Palate's Yellow Cake

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 30 min Total Time 0:40

This cake is so unfussy that you won't believe how well it turns out. The wine gives it both a beautiful, tender crumb and a gently elevated flavor.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F with a rack in the center. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the sugar and eggs for 30 seconds. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat for one minute more.
  • Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and the cake has slightly pulled away from the sides of the pan.
  • Cool in pans for five minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.
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