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    filed under: Cakes on April 1, 2018

    This Delicious Funfetti Cake Is Always a Crowd Pleaser. The Perfect Birthday Cake For Someone You Love!

    Funfetti Cake

    Funfetti Cake

    If you are looking for a delicious and FUN cake to make this is it! This funfetti cake recipe is a big cake, 3 full layers, that packs a big flavor punch! I love to pair it with a vanilla buttercream and add a few rainbow frosting ribbons. I happen to think this decorating technique is perfect for a birthday cake! Top with a few more rainbow jimmies and you have the happiest cake on earth.

    Funfetti Birthday Cake

    Funfetti Cake Decorating

    To decorate this cake I used my whipped vanilla buttercream. I tinted 1 cup of frosting red, 1 cup orange, 1/2 cup yellow, 1/2 cup green, 1/2 cup blue, and 1/2 cup purple. (You will most likely have frosting left over, and that frosting can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or freezer for 3 months. Bring the frosting back to room temperature before using again.)

    Start by covering the cake in a crumb coat of frosting. Allow cake to set for at least 15 minutes, then apply a smooth coat of frosting over top. Smooth it out with a small offset spatula or bench scraper. Now add some frosting to a bag fitted with a 9FT tip. Pipe swirls around the edge of the cake.

    To make the “ribbons” of frosting over the sides I used a #126 tip which is a large teardrop tip. (You can also use a #104 tip, which is just a smaller version.) Starting at the top of the cake at the inside edge of the dollops, apply pressure and move up and over and in between the dollops. Move your top over and down the top side of the cake then release pressure at about halfway down the side of the cake. If you happen to only have one #126 tip like I did, you may want to plan ahead. I piped my first ribbon in red then counted out to where the next red ribbon would be and piped another. Then I washed the tip and repeated with orange. Then washed the tip and repeated with the remaining colors.

    Homemade Funfetti Cake

    Birthday Cake

    This has been one of the most popular birthday cakes I have ever made. The kids request it often (I have 5 kids so there are plenty of opportunities to make it!) and are also so happy when I bring it out. You can customize the cake decorating in so many ways, but another popular version is the sprinkles cake. You can also make this Funfetti Cake with chocolate frosting, just like my little Eddie likes it!

    Funfetti Cake Recipe

    Tips for Homemade Funfetti Cake

    Making a cake from scratch can definitely be daunting, but this is a perfect recipe to start with. A few things that can make the process easier for you are:

    -Preparing the pans ahead of time. Make sure you line them with parchment paper as the sprinkles can stick to the bottom and make the cake hard to remove.

    -Use room temperature ingredients. When the butter, eggs, and milk are room temperature they incorporate better into the batter and help to create the most perfect texture & crumb.

    -Make sure your layers are leveled and chilled before decorating the cake. If your layers are very chilled you may even be able to skip the crumb coat! (My cake is VERY chilled in the video tutorial)

    Funfetti Cake - the Perfect Birthday Cake!

    Funfetti Cupcakes

    To make this recipe into cupcakes you will follow the recipe as written, but add the batter to a cupcake pan filled with liners. Fill each liner 3/4 full with the funfetti cake batter and bake 16-22 minutes. You want the tops to rise and dome nicely. To test and see if they are done, insert a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. If it is removed mostly clean, they are done. You do not want the wet batter to cling to the cupcake but a completely clean toothpick could mean the cupcakes are too done. You should have 24 cups or as many as 36 if you don’t fill them 3/4 full.

    4.93 from 13 votes
    Birthday Cake
    Funfetti Cake
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    30 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins

    The perfect birthday cake! 

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: birthday cake, funfetti cake
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 694 kcal
    Author: Amanda
    • 1 cup (2 sticks or 226g) unsalted butter room temperature
    • 1/2 cup shortening
    • 3 cups (600g) granulated sugar
    • 5 large eggs, room temperature
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 cup (245g) whole milk
    • 1 1/2 cups rainbow jimmies (sprinkles)
    1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray and line the pan with a parchment paper round. (Don't skip this step)

    2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and shortening until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stop and scrape sides as needed.

    3. Slowly add sugar and make sure ingredients are fully incorporated.

    4. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another. Add in vanilla.

    5. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

    6. Add flour mixture to butter and shortening mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.

    7. Remove bowl from stand mixer and stir in the rainbow jimmies by hand.

    8. Evenly distribute cake batter between cake pans (roughly 2 1/4 cups per pan) and place pans into oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

    9. Cool in cake pans for about 10 minutes, then invert and cool completely on a wire rack.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes

    These cakes have a beautiful crust on top which is delicious, but if you are stacking the layers you may want to level each layer first.

    Whipped Buttercream Recipe (click link)

    This Funfetti Cake is the most delicious and wonderful cake! Not to mention the perfect Birthday Cake.

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    Love you site and everything looks so tasty .My happy is the cook in our house as I’m disabled . He is a great cook and he likes to try different meals and I like seeing recipes on line for him to try .
    Looking at you chocolate cake can’t wait for him to make it .

    Love your recipes. Love baking, it’s kind of a hobby and that’s what I do whenever I have some free time.

    Hello wanted to know how you make whip butter cream icing. Thank you 😊

    Will you be posting your Butter Cream Recipe?


    Can you post the receipt for the vanilla buttercream icing you used for the ffunfetti cake? Thank you

    I did love this cake ! But I do have a question . As you stated it does have a major crust on the cake . I made cupcakes with some left over batter and they stuck really bad , to the wrapper . And the crust on the cake was really hard … what can I do differently with my cupcakes ? And how can I achieve less of a crust ?

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    Help! My cake totally deflated!!! Toothpick came out clean but doesn’t seem done?! What could have happened

    Wow u are such amazing woman
    Thanks for postin💖

    i need your butter cream recipie thank you

    Excellent job done.

    I attempted to make this recipe twice and both times the cakes deflated. They rose on the edges but never rose in the middle. Not sure what I am doing wrong.

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    Hi just wanted to know what shortening is?

    Would you recommend trying this with browned butter?

    Very nice your cake ever

    Oh I love your recipe ,,,, I hope we conteniuo to share ur good recipe

    I am making this cake for my daughters 2 birthday tomorrow do you have a video on how you did the icing ribbons I love them

    Hi Amanda
    Love your recipes!
    I definently want to make this for my daughter’s birthday but will like it for only a dozen cupcakes. How can I make the recipe for only a dozen cupcakes??

    Amo tu página y tus recetas, te sigo en todas tus páginas y disfruto horneando los pasteles de chocolate que muestras, me gustaría aprender hacer una crema blanca para pastel. Tienes alguna receta?

    Wts shortening

    Truly love your baking recipes. Add to me your regular subscribers please.. Thank You.

    Just wanted to know if I can make this cake without shortening? I live in India and we don’t get that here.
    Can I just add more butter instead…

    It was sooooo sweet…I must have done something wrong. Also it did not rise it cooked for longer than the time recommended and it still tasted raw

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