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Funfetti Cake From Scratch

Funfetti Cake from scratch! This easy recipe gives you fluffy white cake LOADED with sprinkles and covered in a sweet traditional buttercream frosting. This Funfetti Cake recipe is a birthday classic!

Funfetti Cake From Scratch COVERED in sprinkles!

In our family we have always done birthdays the same way, ever since we were small. My mom’s kitchen table is where the action is, with only a handful of exceptions to that rule for as far back as I can remember.

I think my 4th birthday was at Burger King. I got a crown. Once my brother got an ice cream truck in front of the house for his birthday.

I only really remember that the ice cream man was scary- like a real life version of how Disney always depicts a butcher, complete with a sloppy white apron, wolfy arm hair, and a gravelly voice. Yikes.

Funfetti Cake From Scratch is ready for birthday celebrating

On your birthday you get to choose your meal– this is my littlest brother’s favorite part. He likes to use his birthday opportunity to solicit my mom and I for labor intensive things like chicken and dumplings. Can you blame him?

My mom usually ties balloons to your chair.

Everyone brings a present, but gifts aren’t the focus. We spend way more time reading the cards; one of my brothers is a funny card buying pro. You have to read his cards out loud; it’s sort of an unspoken rule. If you are laughing so hard that you’re crying, or if you just can’t get the words out, the card gets passed around the table.

Sprinkle Cake for Birthdays

After the meal, the cards, and the presents (Note: at our birthday table you still have to hold up each gift for a photo-op; it doesn’t matter if you are 9, 16, 26, or 57) comes the BIRTHDAY CAKE!

My littlest sister always requests cheesecake (a girl after my own heart). My children get sort of complicated with their birthday cake wants and I try my best to accommodate, “I want it to look like a road with hotwheels cars and grass,” or whatever they throw at me.

I’ll never forget the year my oldest son, Andrew, asked for a store-bought birthday cake. It just about broke my heart.

Slices of Funfetti Cake that was made from scratch

In the end he liked my cakes better.

Cake is a big part of our birthday celebrations. We sing VERY LOUDLY. We take pictures like the paparazzi when you blow the candles out. And when the cake is cut and the ice cream is doled out, we all usually congratulate each other on how moist and delicious the box cake turned out.

Because besides the cheesecake for my littlest sister, we don’t usually do birthday cake from scratch.

Funfetti Cake made from scratch

Don’t hate on box cake. Pillsbury Funfetti is nothing short of amazing. It is also my sister’s favorite.

This year I decided to see how we handled Funfetti cake from scratch. It was actually very simple. And the almond extract smells delicious.

Bite of tender homemade Funfetti Cake

The sprinkles were my favorite part of this whole process. And birthday cake loves to be covered in buttercream frosting.

I loved this cake. The almond extract MADE it. But I think for the next round I may opt for some vanilla pudding in the mix; it lacked some of that box funfetti cake spongy softness.

I used this recipe from The Kitchn— the original recipe is full of helpful links and tips and tricks for things like The Best Way to Divide Cake Batter and Cooked Buttercream.

Happy Birthday, My Sister!

With Love,

From Me


Funfetti cake From Scratch
Yield: 10-12

Funfetti cake From Scratch

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Funfetti Cake from scratch! This easy recipe gives you fluffy white cake LOADED with sprinkles and covered in a sweet traditional buttercream frosting. This Funfetti Cake recipe is a birthday classic!


  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/3 cup multi-colored sprinkles (jimmies work best I think)


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Butter 2 (9-inch) round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, 1/4 cup milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cut in the shortening and butter until coarse crumbles form.
  5. Add the rest of the milk and beat on medium for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides to incorporate everything evenly.
  6. Gradually pour in the egg white mixture beating for 30 seconds after each addition.
  7. Fold in the sprinkles.
  8. Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Cool the cakes completely before frosting.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Cholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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Thursday 13th of September 2012

[...] I actually made it way way way back in August for my brother-in-law’s birthday. My family is slightly obsessed with funfetti. [...]


Thursday 24th of May 2012

I swear you wrote this post for me.....I love Funfetti!!! I even have my favorite store brand type, which is Betty Crocker's Rainbow Chip-type funfetti. And I think your idea of adding vanilla pudding in the mix sounds really good---moist and rich, mmmm.

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Thursday 24th of May 2012

If you attempt this cake I would DEFINITELY toss in some vanilla pudding. The recipe I used from The Kitchn was super but sort of in-trend with the idea that from scratch cake can be a little dry. Betty Crocker is my sister's favorite, too! It's been a birthday tradition since forever.

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Friday 27th of April 2012

That is soo cute!! You and your sister are both superSTARS! hehe.. I've never thought of adding confetti / funfettis to cakes! I've only done so in cupcakes or even Rice Krispies! But that's a great idea!

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Saturday 28th of April 2012

Thanks, Sam! Love the Aspiring Bakers event you're hosting-- looking forward to the post on May 1st!


Friday 27th of April 2012

Oh yes, and thanks for participating in my event!! <3 <3 Love the way your sponge cake looks! So soft and spongey!!


Wednesday 25th of April 2012

Lovely story. We never gave gifts for birthdays either. It was all about the food and my mom always made us our birthday cakes. Except for my thirteenth birthday when I wanted an ice cream cake from DQ with a puppy dog piped out of some sort of gel, but that was the only time.

Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

Thursday 26th of April 2012

We do gifts, it's just not the focus. We are all so busy and really birthdays are always just a great excuse to get together and enjoy each other's company. Andrew's store-bought cake was Thomas the Tank Engine. He was 6, I think. It totally crushed me. But when he turned 7 I made a comeback with a Titanic cake (I told you they ask me for crazy things)-- blam-o!