Homemade Funfetti Cake

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This Funfetti Cake recipe is a homemade version of the boxed cake mix. This confetti birthday cake is perfect for all ages but kids really love it! It's cheerful and fun and will make everyone smile.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Cake with fruit on the side.

This Funfetti Cake recipe is a homemade version of the boxed cake mix. This confetti birthday cake is perfect for all ages but kids really love it! It’s cheerful and fun and will make everyone smile.

Funfetti cake on a white dessert plate with fruit on the side.

For this Funfetti Cake recipe tastes so delicious and perfectly moist! This confetti cake recipe uses sour cream in place of oil. For more delicious and easy cake recipes starting with boxed cake mix, check out this link!


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What We Love About This Recipe

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  • Family Friendly: Your family will fall in love with this funfetti cake recipe from scratch.
  • Adaptable: Can you make this cake to your liking, if you want you could use vanilla buttercream instead of the raspberry frosting.
  • Funfetti Birthday Cake: This confetti birthday cake couldn’t be more perfect for your kid’s upcoming birthday party!
Homemade funfetti cake shot from the top. With berries and a sheet cake in the background.

Ingredient Notes for this Funfetti Cake Recipe

  • All-Purpose Flour: Make sure to use all purpose flour as opposed to pastry or cake flour as it will have an impact on the cake’s texture.
  • Butter: You will need unsalted butter, softened at room temperature.
  • Eggs: For this recipe funfetti cake, you will need 3 large eggs. You will not need to sepetare the egg yolks from the egg whites.
  • White Sugar: Granulated white sugar will add the perfect balance of sweetness to the cake.
  • Vanilla: Vanilla Extract is a small, yet crucial ingredient, it is needed for both the cake batter and the frosting.
  • Salt: Salt will help to balance out the sweetness and add in helping the baking soda and bake powder do their work.
  • Yogurt or Sour Cream: For this confetti cake recipe, you will need either yogurt or sour cream. Using this will help to keep the cake super moist without needed to add an extra oil.
  • Milk: You will need milk for the cake batter.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder will aid in helping the cake to rise properly.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda will help to give the cake a nice and fluffy texture.
  • Sprinkles: The rainbow sprinkles will give this funfetti recipe the colorful look is is known for.
  • Raspberries: You can use either fresh or frozen raspberries for this buttercream frosting recipe.
  • Powered Sugar: The powered sugar will help to give the raspberry buttercream frosting the perfect sweetness and consistency.
  • Cream: You will need a slight amount of cream to make the frosting, but you also use milk, half n half, or buttermilk instead.
All the sprinkles, flour, butter and oil etc. needed for the funfetti cake.

Equipment Needed for Confetti Birthday Cake

How to Make Funfetti Cake

These are the basic steps for making Homemade Funfetti Cake. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

Ingredients needed to make the funfetti  cake icing.

STEP 1: MAKE THE BATTER

First, you will want to grease the casserole dish and preheat the oven. In a medium bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed, then add vanilla and yogurt; mix until combined and then add in the flour mixture. Fold in your sprinkles.

STEP 2: BAKE THE CAKE

Now put cake pan filled with cake batter in a 350 F degree oven for 28-35 minutes or until fully baked. Make sure to bake on the middle oven rack. You can use a toothpick to check the cake’s doneness. Place on a wire rack to cool.

STEP 3: MAKE RASPBERRY BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and powdered sugar for about 2 minutes on medium-high speed with the paddle attachment. Then add cream, vanilla, and raspberries. You can use a rubber spatula to scrape all of the frosting from the bottom of the bowl.

Mixing the batter for the cake and adding the coloring for the funfetti cake homemade.

STEP 4: FROSTING YOUR CAKE

Allow cake to cool completely before frosting. Put a few big dollops on frosting along the cake and use small strokes with a spatula to spread the frosting. Now cut a nice slice and enjoy!

Creating the icing.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

To make this recipe ahead of time, just follow the step as usual but hold on frosting the cake until a few hours before you intend to eat it.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

To store this recipe, cover casserole dish with plastic wrap and store in either the fridge or on the counter at room temperature.

Frequently Asked Questions

CAN YOU PUT SPRINKLES IN CAKE BATTER BEFORE BAKING?

It is vital that you mix sprinkles with batter before baking.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE VANILLA FROSTING IN PLACE OF RASPBERRY FROSTING?

You can totally switch up what type of frosting you add to this cake, you could even make it into a layer cake and fill with raspberry frosting and cover with vanilla.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, you can double this recipe by splitting into two dishes.

IS FUNFETTI CAKE JUST VANILLA CAKE WITH SPRINKLES?

Yes, Funfetti cake is essentially just vanilla white cake with rainbow jimmies to give it that confetti look.

Side view of the cake, highlighting the sprinkles in the cake.

Expert Tips for Making This Funfetti Cake Recipe

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: If you are looking to make this birthday funfetti cake for larger crowd, double and split between 2 dishes or sheet pans.
  • Switch up the Frosting: If you are not a fan of fruit flavors in frosting, you can also use vanilla buttercream for the raspberry frosting in this recipe.
  • Use Parchment Paper: To easily remove cake from casserole dish, line with parchment paper before filling with batter.
  • Cupcakes: You can also make funfetti cupcakes by using a lined cupcake tin.
  • Different Pan Shape: You can use use round cake pans to achieve a round 9-inch layer cake look.
  • Be Creative: Use different flavors of cake, frosting and sprinkles to reflect different holidays such as Halloween or Christmas.

What to Serve with Funfetti Cake

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Cake with fruit on the side.

Homemade Funfetti Cake

Yield: 15 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
This Funfetti Cake recipe is a homemade version of the boxed cake mix. This confetti birthday cake is perfect for all ages but kids really love it! It's cheerful and fun and will make everyone smile.
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Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 2 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cups Butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups White Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract, optional
  • 1/2 cup 3-5% Yogurt or Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Rainbow Sprinkles

For the Raspberry Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 4-5 cups Powdered Icing Sugar, as needed
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Raspberries, we used frozen and thawed
  • 1 Tablespoons Cream, optional
  • 1/4 cup Rainbow Sprinkles, or more as desired

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Grease a 9″ x 13″ casserole dish and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well-mixed. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and white sugar for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the eggs and extracts for 1 minute, then beat in the yogurt until just combined.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients, beat until just combined, then the milk, then remaining half of the dry ingredients.
  • Stir in the sprinkles to your personal preference, adding more or less as desired.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and use the back of a spoon or an offset spatula to smooth the batter down to be completely even.
  • Bake for 28-35 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.
  • While the cake is cooling, prepare the raspberry buttercream frosting.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the butter and 4 cups of powdered icing sugar for 2 minutes.
  • Add the optional cream and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.
  • Add the raspberries and beat until the raspberries are broken down and no large pieces remain in the frosting.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled cake with an offset spatula and then garnish with sprinkles.

Expert Tips

  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: If you are looking to make this birthday funfetti cake for larger crowd, double and split between 2 casserole dishes or sheet pans.
  • Switch up the Frosting: If you are not a fan of fruit flavors in frosting, you can also use vanilla buttercream for the raspberry frosting in this recipe.
  • Use Parchment Paper: To easily remove cake from casserole dish, line with parchment paper before filling with batter.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 304mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 788IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: birthday cake, cake, dessert, funfetti, vanilla

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