Of all the childhood nostalgia-inducing cake flavors out there, yellow cake has to be pretty high up on the list, right?  (Maybe second to funfetti?)  Oddly enough, I don’t recall it making many, if any, appearances at our family birthday celebrations.  I always chose strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting and my Dad and brothers would go for German chocolate.  And yet these days, yellow cake with chocolate frosting is inexplicably one of the combos that makes me feel most like a kid again.  Possibly because of the non-optional sprinkles…

Every cake is better when made from scratch and yellow cake is no exception.  Over the past few years, I’ve tried out quite a few yellow cupcake recipes to determine which was the best.  After much deliberation, this is the one, my friends.  As with so many of my favorite baked goods, the sour cream in the cake batter lends a tender crumb and nice height to this cupcake.  Paired with my absolute favorite chocolate frosting ever, it’s the classic birthday combo I wish I had learned to love sooner!