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A Cake That Kids, Grandparents and Everyone in Between Loves
Sometimes, even a birthday cake that seems uncomplicated has an ingredient list a mile long and directions that make you want to pull your hair out. Not this classic. To make the light and airy layer cake, you add the wet and dry ingredients together all at once, and beat the batter on high speed (two things many pros warn against). Trust this recipe, and you'll be rewarded with a moist, buttery—and can't-go-wrong—meal finale.

Get the recipe: Golden Vanilla Birthday Cake