Homemade Funfetti Cake

Yesterday was Jay’s birthday. I’d taken him out for dinner Friday night, just because he’d had kind of a crappy day, so I told him we could go out then or wait until his actual birthday. Yesterday was also super-warm, so I waited until after 8 to begin working on a cake for him–Except that he didn’t know the cake was for him.

Funfetti Cake

Homemade Funfetti Cake. Because nothing says “Happy Birthday!” like a mouthful of sprinkles.

Funfetti Cake 2

Poor Jay often gets overlooked and forgotten, and while I know my cake being a day late doesn’t exactly help matters, I wanted him to know that the bambino and I didn’t forget about him. And technically, I had the cake made on his birthday…It just wasn’t anywhere near ready for eating until the next day!

Funfetti Cake-Sliced

Yield: 8-10

Homemade Funfetti Cake

Homemade Funfetti Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


For the Cake:

  • 1 2/3 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 C plain whole milk or Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 C milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla bean paste
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles (not nonpareils)

For the Frosting:

  • 1 C (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 C powdered sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • gel food coloring, if desired
  • Additional sprinkles, for decoration


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan. Set aside.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the sugar and butter, mixing on medium-high speed for about 2 minutes. Add in the egg and vanilla bean paste, mixing well to combine.

Drop the mixer speed to low and alternately add in the flour and milk, doing 3 additions of flour and 2 of milk. Fold in the sprinkles, being careful not to overmix (sprinkles have a tendency to "bleed").

Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for 10-15 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake 10 minutes in the pan, then invert over a wire rack to remove and cool completely.

For the frosting, cream the butter on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the vanilla, and mix.

Drop the speed to low, add in 2 Tbsp. of milk and begin adding in the powdered sugar, a little at a time. Once the powdered sugar has all been added*, add in a few drops of the food coloring, if using. Increase the speed back to medium and whip for 2 minutes before using.

Frost cake as desired, and top with sprinkles.


*Add in the remaining milk if necessary, to thin the frosting to your desired consistency.

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He was pleasantly surprised and pleased by it, and as long as he likes it, that’s all that matters. I do also have to proclaim that this is the best-looking cake I’ve ever decorated. If you’ve been reading this blog for more than six months, you are aware that my track record when it comes to decorating cakes stinks. Big time. So I’m extra-proud of the way this one looks.

Funfetti Cake-Sliced 2

Yesterday was also the first day of the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Jay and the bambino went up early in the morning while I stayed home to work on a baking project:

S'Mores Cupcakes, Boxed

S’Mores Cupcakes. They were for a coworker. Once I was finished with that, we met up with Jay’s brother, and we all headed up, so I could check out the food. I got my usual:

Hegerfeld's Sirloin Sandwich

The sirloin sandwich from Hegerfeld’s. It was good as always. I got a coffee milkshake from the Midwest Dairy Association, and dropped the bulk of my spending money on this:

Coteau des Prairies Sampler

A sampler of Coteau des Prairies’ oils and vinegars.

Open Coteau des Prairies Sampler

I am most excited to try the Cayenne Pepper infused olive oil (I’m not sure how I’m going to use it yet) and the Dark Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar (I have a plan for that one, but you’ll have to wait and see!).