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Confetti Birthday Cake (Recipe + Video)

This can be a tall, towering confetti birthday cake stuffed to the brim with rainbow sprinkles and completed off with candy vanilla buttercream frosting. It’s basic and party-perfect in each method! The recipe has lived on my web site since 2014 and has turn into a well-liked favourite, even scoring #1 (out of 9!) in a sprinkle cake bake-off. Under you’ll discover my detailed recipe, video, and finest success ideas.

Confetti birthday layer cake with sprinkles and 5 gold, lit candles on top sitting on a marble cake stand with a pink backdrop.

Similar to Field Funfetti Cake

This thick, plush confetti birthday cake is stuffed with the flavors of childhood celebration nostalgia–butter, vanilla, sugar, and rainbow sprinkles. Shut your eyes and you may virtually hear the sound of balloons being blown up and scent the extinguished birthday candles. However this cake shouldn’t be restricted to birthday events–or to childhood! This joyful cake is a pleasure to serve and eat at any celebration. It’s just like the boxed Funfetti cake, however higher.

Why You’ll Love This Confetti Birthday Cake

  • Utterly home made and a lot tastier than a field combine
  • Loaded with joyful colourful sprinkles
  • Topped with candy & creamy basic vanilla buttercream
  • Comfortable crumb from cake flour
  • Fluffy from further egg whites
  • Buttery & cakey from creamed butter & sugar
  • Stick-to-your-fork moist (with out tasting greasy!) from eggs, oil, & buttermilk
  • Additional taste from pure vanilla extract
slice of confetti birthday cake being removed from marble cake stand.
slice of Funfetti confetti birthday cake with vanilla buttercream sitting on cake server.

This towering rainbow delight has been on my web site for quite a few years, and through that point, I’ve made a pair small updates. This was an incredible confetti birthday cake recipe earlier than; the truth is, it was rated No. 1 (of 9) within the Pancake Princess’ finest sprinkle cake bake-off, and got here in an in depth 2nd within the Kitchn’s Funfetti cake bake-off. However with 3 small updates, the cake is now even better.

From the Kitchn’s evaluation: “This cake was severely scrumptious. It had a pleasant gentle texture however was nonetheless tremendous moist. The vanilla taste was daring with out being overpowering, and the cake was candy with out being cloying. I cherished how straightforward the frosting was to make and appreciated how easily it went onto the cake. My solely critique is that it’s a must to whip the egg whites in a separate bowl, so it’s a bit tedious, however that’s the one unfavourable I can consider.”

I’ve some egg-cellent information: that egg-stra step is gone. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

What’s New on this Birthday Cake Recipe?

  1. Add the egg whites concurrently the entire eggs: 4 entire eggs present construction, moisture, and richness. 2 further egg whites preserve the cake lighter. Although whipping the whites individually does help in stopping a dense cake, in current testing, I found that eradicating this whipping step will be offset by 2 different modifications to maintain the batter gentle. (Each are subsequent.)
  2. Decreased butter and added oil: Beforehand, the recipe known as for 1.5 cups of butter (3 sticks, about 345g), however utilizing all creamed butter in a cake can actually crush the crumb. I really like utilizing oil in cake recipes as a result of it provides moisture and a fragile texture. And I really like utilizing butter in cake recipes due to its unparalleled taste. Discovering the best proportion of every? Now that’s the candy spot, and I discover it right here by decreasing the butter by ¼ cup and including in ⅓ cup oil as a replacement.
  3. Use cake flour: If you need a fluffy and delicate bakery-style cake, use cake flour. This has all the time been an choice with the recipe and lots of readers have used it right here. The cake is GREAT with all-purpose flour, however higher with cake flour. When you don’t have cake flour, follow sifted all-purpose flour.

After years of testing cake recipes, I’m extra assured than ever on this up to date model. The cake carefully resembles my vanilla cake, however makes use of a bit much less sugar as a result of we’re including candy sprinkles.

slice of Funfetti confetti birthday cake with vanilla buttercream and extra rainbow sprinkles on white plate.
ingredients on marble counter including cake flour, butter, eggs, bowl of egg whites, oil, buttermilk, sprinkles, and more.

These Step Photographs Will Assist

Right here is the butter, sugar, and oil combination. You’ll cream butter and sugar collectively first, after which combine within the oil. Combination will probably be creamy and largely easy:

photo showing up-close detail of creamed butter, sugar, and oil mixture on flat beater attachment.

Jimmies sprinkles are finest for this Funfetti-style home made cake. Anticipate a thick batter:

close-up photo of rainbow sprinkles in bowl and sprinkle cake batter in glass bowl.

Divide the batter between 3 9-inch cake pans. You’ll be able to squeeze the cake batter in 3 8-inch cake pans if wanted, however make sure you lengthen the bake time. Cool for 20 minutes within the cake pans, after which take away the nice and cozy truffles and place on a wire rack to chill fully.

sprinkle cake batter in cake pans and baked cake shown on wire cooling rack.

Sprinkle Success Ideas

I’ve been baking sprinkle cake & cupcake batters for years and have realized precisely which sprinkles work, and which don’t. Joyful to share my finest recommendation:

  1. My high sprinkle tip: Don’t use nonpareils (the little balls) in cake batter. They are going to bleed their shade as you fold them in, end in a less-than-appetizing-color cake.
  2. Rainbow sprinkles (aka “jimmies”) bought within the U.S. are intensely coloured, however sprinkles bought in different nations might lose their shade when baked. “Sugar strands” will be the identical form as jimmies, however they dissolve within the moist batter. For finest outcomes, attempt to use American-style rainbow sprinkles. The pictured cake makes use of Betty Crocker “Parlor Good” rainbow sprinkles. I additionally actually like Canadian-brand Sweetapolita sprinkles.
  3. Confetti quins (the little discs) are additionally nice to make use of in a sprinkle birthday truffles & cupcakes. They not often bleed their shade in batter. These shimmery ones maintain their shade properly too.
  4. Naturally coloured sprinkles are fantastic as ornament, however–relying on the model–can lose their shade in cake batter.

Buttercream Frosting

I take advantage of the identical frosting as my 3 layer vanilla cake, however add just a little extra vanilla. It’s mainly my vanilla buttercream recipe solely scaled as much as yield sufficient for a tall layer cake. When you favor chocolate frosting, use the chocolate fudge frosting from my piñata cake recipe. (It’s sufficient for this measurement cake.)

For a much less candy frosting choice, use this recipe for Swiss meringue buttercream.

Can I tint this frosting? Sure! Be at liberty so as to add gel meals coloring to the frosting to vary its shade.

vanilla buttercream frosting being stirred by wooden spoon in big glass mixing bowl.

Adorning Success Tip: Add a Crumb Coat

Because it’s so moist, the confetti cake could be a little crumbly once you’re adorning it. I like to recommend making use of a skinny crumb coat, which is a layer of frosting across the exterior of the cake to catch any crumbs. The frosting recipe under consists of sufficient frosting for that skinny crumb coat, then one other skinny layer of frosting on high of that. Observe that I utilized a barely thicker crumb coat within the video tutorial under. Doesn’t matter both method; you’ll simply have much less or extra frosting for that closing frosting layer.

Use a flat icing spatula to unfold on the frosting. Icing spatulas are useful when you enhance truffles and cupcakes usually. Then you possibly can run a bench scraper across the sides of the cake to easy out the crumb coat in addition to the highest layer of frosting. You’ll be able to watch me use each within the video tutorial under.

Chill the crumb-coated cake for half-hour, after which apply the ultimate frosting layer.

vanilla buttercream being spread on top of cake and another photo showing crumb-coated cake.
top of Funfetti sprinkle layer cake with slice being removed.
confetti birthday cake cut open to reveal sprinkle-loaded center.

Searching for a enjoyable sprinkle cake that requires much less effort than a 3-layer cake? Strive these recipes:


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Buttery vanilla layer cake stuffed to the brim with rainbow sprinkles and completed off with candy vanilla frosting. Pictured cake is 9 inches—for thicker truffles, use 8-inch pans. Evaluation the recipe notes earlier than starting and ensure all elements are delivered to room temperature earlier than beginning.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease three 8-inch or 9-inch cake pans, line with parchment paper rounds, then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the truffles seamlessly launch from the pans. (See #6 on my high Cake Baking Ideas.)
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt collectively in a big bowl. Put aside.
  3. Utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar collectively on excessive velocity for five full minutes till fluffy and creamed collectively effectively. Scrape down the edges and up the underside of the bowl with a rubber spatula as wanted. Add the oil and beat for 1 minute till mixed. Add the eggs, egg whites, and vanilla extract and beat on medium-high velocity till mixed. Scrape down the edges and up the underside of the bowl with a rubber spatula as wanted.
  4. Add dry elements and buttermilk in three additions and mixing after every addition simply till integrated. Don’t over-mix this batter. The batter will probably be velvety and thick. Gently fold within the sprinkles. Pour and unfold the batter evenly into every cake pan.
  5. Bake for round 25-26 minutes or till the truffles are baked via. (8-inch truffles might take about 27-28 minutes.) Tent the truffles with foil after about quarter-hour to forestall the edges and high from over-browning. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clear, it’s completed.
  6. Permit truffles to chill within the pans set on a wire rack for 20 minutes. Run a knife across the edges after which take away heat truffles from pans. Place truffles immediately on wire racks to chill fully. The truffles should be fully cool earlier than frosting and assembling.
  7. Make the frosting: In a big bowl utilizing a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium velocity till creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, vanilla extract, and salt. Beat on low velocity for 30 seconds after which change to excessive velocity and beat for two minutes. Add extra confectioners’ sugar if frosting appears too skinny, or extra cream if frosting is simply too thick, or an additional pinch of salt if frosting is simply too candy.
  8. Assemble cake + apply crumb coat: First, utilizing a big serrated knife, slice a skinny layer off the tops of the truffles to create a flat floor. Discard (or crumble over ice cream!). Place 1 cake layer in your cake stand or serving plate. Utilizing a massive icing spatula or small offset spatula, evenly cowl the highest with about 1 cup of frosting. Repeat with 2nd cake layer, 1 extra cup of frosting, after which the highest cake layer. Unfold a skinny layer of frosting on the highest and across the sides as a crumb coat. Run a bench scraper across the cake to easy out crumb coat. Chill uncovered within the fridge for no less than half-hour and as much as 3 hours to set the crumb coat.
  9. Unfold the remaining frosting everywhere in the high and sides. Garnish with further sprinkles, if desired.
  10. Serve cake instantly or if you should retailer it for just a few hours, place it in cake service at room temperature for as much as 4 hours. For longer storage, refrigerate lined cake for as much as 1 day. Cake is finest served at room temperature, although, so suggest letting it sit out for half-hour earlier than serving.
  11. Cowl leftover cake tightly and retailer it within the fridge for five days. Once more, I like utilizing a cake service for storing and transporting.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: The cake layers will be baked, cooled, and lined tightly at room temperature in a single day. Likewise, the frosting will be ready then lined and refrigerated in a single day. When prepared to brighten, let the frosting sit at room temperature to barely soften for quarter-hour, then give it yet another combine with the mixer on medium velocity for about 1 minute earlier than frosting cake. (Add a splash of cream to skinny out frosting if wanted.) See step 10 if you wish to retailer the frosted/adorned cake earlier than serving it. Frosted cake or unfrosted cake layers will be frozen as much as 2-3 months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and produce to room temperature earlier than adorning/serving. See tips on how to freeze truffles for detailed directions.
  2. 2022 Replace: Recipe above was barely up to date in 2022. Previous model used to name for 3 sticks (about 345g) butter and no oil. The slight discount of butter and added oil promise a moister cake, however be at liberty to make use of the previous model. Additionally, the additional egg whites are actually added once you add the entire eggs. You used to must whip them individually till delicate peaks type after which fold them in earlier than including the sprinkles. This step isn’t actually essential since we’re utilizing just a little oil and cake flour now. (See subsequent Observe.)
  3. Flour: Recipe used to name for sifted all-purpose flour as an alternative of cake flour. Recipe was up to date in 2022 to make use of the SAME quantity of cake flour as an alternative. You should use both, however know that the cake is barely lighter utilizing cake flour. When you use all-purpose flour, you could sift it in any other case your cake will probably be heavy. You possibly can additionally use 3 and three/4 cups (443g) of this cake flour substitute, which is sifted all-purpose flour + some cornstarch.
  4. Eggs: 3 entire eggs present construction, moisture, and richness. 2 further egg whites preserve the cake gentle. I don’t suggest utilizing 4 entire eggs; persist with the three egg & 2 egg white mixture.
  5. Buttermilk: When you don’t have buttermilk, you can also make a DIY bitter milk substitute. Add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Then add sufficient entire milk to the identical measuring cup till it reaches 1 and 1/2 cups. (In a pinch, decrease fats or nondairy milks work for this soured milk, however the cake gained’t style as moist or wealthy.) Stir it round and let sit for five minutes. The home made “buttermilk” will probably be considerably curdled and able to use within the recipe.
  6. Sprinkles: Keep away from utilizing sprinkles that may dye your batter. Steer clear from nonpareils, that are the little balls. The pictured cake makes use of Betty Crocker “Parlor Good” rainbow sprinkles, which I discover in my common grocery retailer. I additionally like to make use of these rainbow jimmies or pastel coloured quins. Observe that naturally coloured sprinkles can lose their shade in cake batter.
  7. Chocolate Frosting: Use the frosting from this piñata cake recipe. It makes sufficient for this measurement cake.
  8. Quantity of Cake Batter & Different Measurement Truffles: This recipe yields almost 8 cups of batter, which is useful when you want it for various Cake Pan Sizes & Conversions. For a 1 layer cake, 12×17 inch sheet cake, or 6-inch layer cake, see checklist above this recipe. For a 2 layer cake, divide batter between 2 9-inch cake pans as an alternative of three. (That is an excessive amount of batter for two 8-inch pans.) Improve bake time to about half-hour and use a toothpick to check for doneness. For a Bundt cake, use a 10-12 cup generously greased Bundt pan and bake for about 60 minutes or till a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out clear. There may be an excessive amount of batter for a 9×13 inch quarter sheet cake. I’ve 2 recipes on my web site that may work for a 9×13 inch sprinkle cake. You possibly can use this gentle and fluffy white cake recipe and fold 1/2 cup (about 90g) sprinkles into the batter earlier than pouring into the pan. See these recipe Notes for a 9×13 inch cake. Or you should utilize this buttery sprinkle sheet cake recipe. See these recipe Notes for a 9×13 inch cake.
  9. Cupcakes: Use this batter for 3 dozen sprinkle cupcakes. Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full to keep away from over-flowing. Or use my confetti sprinkle cupcakes or funfetti cupcakes recipes.

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