This amazing funfetti cake recipe is made from scratch, and is so easy to make. It’s moist, and packed with flavor and sprinkles!!
Funfetti Cake Recipe
PREP TIME: 15 minutes
COOK TIME: 35 minutes
ADDITIONAL TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (390 grams)
- 3 cups granulated sugar (600 grams)
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder (10 grams)
- 1 tsp salt (6 grams)
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (226 grams) – 2 sticks
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract (8 grams)
- 1 1/2 tsp almond extract (6 grams)
- 1 cup pasteurized egg whites from a carton (or about 7 egg whites) (235 grams)
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, room temperature (345 grams)
- 1/8 cup vegetable oil (28 grams)
- 3/4 cup of rainbow jimmies or long strand sprinkles (130 grams)
- gel food coloring (if desired)
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
- 3 cups unsalted butter, room temperature (678 grams)
- 11 cups powdered sugar (1375 grams)
- 1 tsp salt (6 grams)
- 1/3 cup heavy cream (or whipping cream) (75 grams)
- 1 1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract (18 grams)
Funfetti Cake Layers:
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line four 7 inch pans or three 8 inch round pans with parchment rounds, and grease with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix together all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt) in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment or hand mixer until fully combined.
- Mix chunks of room-temperature butter slowly into the dry mix, on a low speed. Continue to mix until no large chunks of butter remain, and the mixture becomes crumbly.
- Pour in egg whites, and mix on low until just incorporated. Mix in the buttermilk in two installments, on a low speed.
- Add in vanilla extract, almond extract, and oil, and mix at a low speed until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then beat on low speed for about 15 seconds (the key is to mix until the ingredients are JUST incorporated, so that the batter isn’t over-mixed).
- If desired, add in gel food coloring. Mix the color in by hand using a rubber spatula, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl part way through. Mix until the batter is evenly colored.
- Fold the sprinkles into the cake batter using a rubber spatula, just they’ve evenly distributed.
- Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 35-36 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the pans to cool for 10 minutes, then run an offset spatula around perimeter of the pan to separate the cake from the pan.
- Place cake layers into the freezer for 45 minutes, to accelerate the cooling process. Once the layers are fully cooled, carefully flip the pans and remove the layers from the pans.
- Use a serrated knife to level the tops of the layers, and then frost as desired.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
- While the cake layers bake and cool, make the vanilla buttercream frosting.
- Beat the butter on a medium speed for 30 seconds with a paddle attachment or hand mixer, until smooth.
- Add in the vanilla extract and salt and mix on a low speed.
- Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. Alternate with small splashes of cream.
- Once fully mixed, beat on low until for a couple extra minutes to make the frosting super smooth and push any extra air out of the frosting.
- If the frosting is too thick, add in additional cream (1 teaspoon at a time). If the frosting is too thin, add in more powdered sugar (quarter of a cup at a time).
- If you plan to color the buttercream, add in the gel food coloring once the frosting is fully made.
- Reserve about 1 1/2 cups of frosting to color a separate color, to pipe swirls on top of the cake. Place this frosting in a piping bag fit with a Wilton 1M frosting tip.
- Color the remaining frosting with gel food coloring.
- In this cake, I used turquoise Americolor gel food coloring to make the blue frosting, and deep pink americolor gel food coloring for the swirls on top of the cake.
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