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Easy Confetti Cake Recipe from Scratch with Rainbow Sprinkles (aka Funfetti Cake)

Slice of Confetti Cake with Rainbow Sprinkles (aka Funfetti Cake) on a blue cake plate

This Confetti Cake (also called a Funfetti Cake) is a delicious white cake that is moist and has a tender crumb. Add rainbow sprinkles (or really any color sprinkles you want) to the cake batter before baking it to get a colorful surprise when you cut into the cake. This is a great cake for birthdays or any time you want to add a little color to your life!

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Ingredients for Confetti Cake

Equipment

Cake Preparation Steps

Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F/180°C with the oven rack in the middle.  Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans by greasing the bottom and sides of the pan (I like to use Crisco vegetable shortening, but you could also use butter or baking spray).  Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each pan, lightly grease the parchment paper, and then dust the inside of the pan with flour.  Dump any excess flour from the pan. 

Making Confetti Cake Batter

Sift together the dry ingredients (i.e., flour, baking powder, and salt) into a medium bowl.  Whisk to combine and then set aside.

In the bowl of the stand mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer), use the paddle attachment to beat the softened butter at medium speed until creamy and smooth.  This should take approximately 30 seconds.  Increase the speed to high and gradually add the sugar.  Mix for approximately 2 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy. 

Making Confetti Cake in a stand mixer

Reduce the speed to low and add the egg whites, one at a time.  Make sure to beat well after each addition.  It’s normal for the mixture to look a little curdled at this point. 

Next, beat in the lemon zest and vanilla extract.  Scrape the bowl with a spatula to ensure all ingredients are incorporated into the batter.

Making confetti cake in a stand mixer

Add the dry ingredient mixture in three additions alternating with the milk.  The milk sometimes splashes when adding it, so add it slowly or use a stand mixer shield (if you have one).  Only mix until the flour is just incorporated. 

Add the rainbow sprinkles and use a spatula to fold them gently into the batter. 

Confetti cake (aka funfetti cake) batter in cake pan

Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops. 

Baking Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake (aka Funfetti Cake) on a cooling rack

Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Cool the cakes in the pans on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before turning the cakes out to finish cooling completely.  The cakes are cooled in the cake pans initially to allow the cake to set slightly before removing from the pan.  If you were to turn it out immediately, the cake might be too delicate and break apart while cooling.

Assembling Confetti Cake

Use a long, serrated knife to cut each layer into two for a total of 4 layers.  Place the flat side of one layer on a cake board, cake stand, or serving plate.  Then, place it on top of a turntable (if you have one).  This will make it easier to decorate the cake on all sides and get smooth frosting. 

Add a layer of frosting or buttercream (I am using Vanilla Italian Meringue Buttercream) and use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream until smooth.  If you don’t have an offset spatula, you can use a butter knife instead.

Top with another cake layer and add the buttercream on top.  Repeat one more time and finish stacking the cake by placing the last cake layer upside down so the top of the cake has sharp corners and a flat top. 

Frost the sides and top of the cake with more buttercream and use an offset spatula to smooth the frosting OR use a cake comb to add a patterned design.  Reserve approximately 1 cup of buttercream if you want to add piped decorations to the top or bottom of the cake.  

Decorating Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake with Rainbow Sprinkles (aka Funfetti Cake) on a blue cake plate

Place the remaining buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip.  Pipe a continuous swirl around the top of the cake and add a generous amount of rainbow sprinkles to the top and sides. 

Serving Confetti Cake

Slice of Confetti Cake with Rainbow Sprinkles (aka Funfetti Cake) on a blue cake plate

The best part of a confetti cake is to see the beautiful design inside.  After slicing the cake, you should see rainbow-colored spots throughout each cake layer.  I love how pretty this cake looks on the inside!  Serve the cake at room temperature for the best flavor and texture.

Storing Confetti Cake

Confetti Cake with Rainbow Sprinkles (aka Funfetti Cake) on a blue cake plate

Keep the confetti cake in an airtight container (e.g., a cake keeper or a covered cake plate).  It will stay fresh up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge.  If you store the cake in the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature before serving (i.e., let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving).  The butter in the cake will harden in the fridge so it will have a dry and firm texture if eaten directly from the fridge.

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Confetti Cake with Rainbow Sprinkles

Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Decorating Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 8″ cake (16 slices)

Equipment

  • 2-8” (20 cm) round cake pans
  • Digital scale (or dry measuring cups, liquid measuring cups, and measuring spoons)
  • Stand mixer with paddle attachment (or large bowl with hand mixer)
  • Sifter
  • Parchment paper circles
  • Non-stick baking spray
  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Microplane zester
  • Silicone spatula
  • Stand mixer shield (optional)
  • Toothpick
  • Wire rack
  • Cardboard cake board (optional)
  • Cake stand (optional)
  • Turntable (optional)
  • Offset spatula (optional)
  • Cake comb (optional)
  • Piping bags (optional)
  • Decorative tips (optional)

Ingredients

  • cups (325g) cake flour, sifted
  • 1 Tbsp + ¼ tsp (14g) baking powder
  • ¾ tsp (4.5g) salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup or 227g) unsalted butter, softened
  • cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large (180g) egg whites
  • 1 tsp (2g) finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tsp (8.5g) vanilla extract
  • 1⅓ cups (320g) whole milk
  • ½ – ¾ cup (85-128g) rainbow sprinkles + 1-2 Tbsp for optional decoration
  • 9 cups (1.35kg) buttercream or frosting of choice (I am using Vanilla Italian Meringue Buttercream)

Instructions

Cake Preparation Steps

  • Begin by preheating the oven to 350°F/180°C with the oven rack in the middle. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans by greasing the bottom and sides of the pan (I like to use Crisco vegetable shortening, but you could also use butter or baking spray). Place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each pan, lightly grease the parchment paper, and then dust the inside of the pan with flour. Dump any excess flour from the pan.

Making Confetti Cake Batter

  • Sift together the dry ingredients (i.e., flour, baking powder, and salt) into a medium bowl. Whisk to combine and then set aside.
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer (or a large bowl if using a hand mixer), use the paddle attachment to beat the softened butter at medium speed until creamy and smooth. This should take approximately 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and gradually add the sugar. Mix for approximately 2 minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Reduce the speed to low and add the egg whites, one at a time. Make sure to beat well after each addition. It’s normal for the mixture to look a little curdled at this point.
  • Next, beat in the lemon zest and vanilla extract. Scrape the bowl with a spatula to ensure all ingredients are incorporated into the batter.
  • Add the dry ingredient mixture in three additions alternating with the milk. The milk sometimes splashes when adding it, so add it slowly or use a stand mixer shield (if you have one). Only mix until the flour is just incorporated.
  • Add the rainbow sprinkles and use a spatula to fold them gently into the batter.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans and smooth the tops.

Baking Confetti Cake

  • Bake the cake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes in the pans on a cooling rack for 15 minutes before turning the cakes out to finish cooling completely.

Assembling Confetti Cake

  • Use a long, serrated knife to cut each layer into two for a total of 4 layers. Place the flat side of one layer on a cake board, cake stand, or serving plate. Then, place it on top of a turntable (if you have one). This will make it easier to decorate the cake on all sides and get smooth frosting.
  • Add a layer of frosting or buttercream (I'm using Vanilla Italian Meringue Buttercream) and use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream until smooth. If you don’t have an offset spatula, you can use a butter knife instead.
  • Top with another cake layer and add the buttercream on top. Repeat one more time and finish stacking the cake by placing the last cake layer upside down so the top of the cake has sharp corners and a flat top.
  • Frost the sides and top of the cake with more buttercream and use an offset spatula to smooth the frosting OR use a cake comb to add a patterned design. Reserve approximately 1 cup of buttercream if you want to add piped decorations to the top or bottom of the cake.

Decorating Confetti Cake

  • Place the remaining buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a 1M tip. Pipe a continuous swirl around the top of the cake and add a generous amount of rainbow sprinkles to the top and sides.

Serving Confetti Cake

  • Serve the cake at room temperature for the best flavor and texture.

Storing Confetti Cake

  • Keep the confetti cake in an airtight container (e.g., a cake keeper or a covered cake plate). It will stay fresh up to 3 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. If you store the cake in the fridge, allow it to come to room temperature before serving (i.e., let it sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before serving). The butter in the cake will harden in the fridge so it will have a dry and firm texture if eaten directly from the fridge.

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