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Funfetti Cake: A Very Special Birthday Cake

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The funfetti cake is the most awesome birthday cake you can bake for someone you love. Not only does it scream fun and happiness inside and out, it’s also a really delicious cake that’s bursting with the vanilla flavour everyone loves.

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I live away from my family. They are, quite literally, on the other side of the world and it takes about 20 hours for me to get home by plane. Yeah, they are that far. So I’ve missed a lot of Christmases and weddings and birthdays. I have a new niece that I haven’t even met yet. Luckily, I was home a few months after my nephew was born.

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And he turns 3 in a few days (my theory is time flies much faster for an absentee aunt). He’s such an awesome little guy. He likes cars and dinosaurs and puzzles. He likes to sing and to dance. He makes me smile and laugh out loud. He’s my favourite little man in the whole world.

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I won’t be there for his birthday (again) but I thought I’d make a day of it by baking a birthday cake for him. I wanted a fun one, appropriate for someone like him. And I think this is the funnest one out there. I mean, there are sprinkles in it and all over it. So if you ever need a cake for the special little fellas (or ladies) in your life that screams HAVE AN AWESOME BIRTHDAY, this is it.

The funfetti cake

The funfetti cake is at its core a buttermilk vanilla cake…just funner. You make the cake as usual then at the end you gently fold the sprinkles. And did you know there are actually different kinds of sprinkles? And if you plan on doing a funfetti cake, you better use the right ones – jimmies is what they are called – if you don’t want the colours to get all mushed up.

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Sprinkles, sprinkles everywhere

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And this cake is not only fun for the birthday celebrant, it’s fun for the baker too. I’ve worked with sprinkles before but not at this magnitude and let me tell you – there were sprinkles everywhere. Just when you thought you got it together, that you’re all organized, there will be a sprinkle explosion and sprinkles will be in your hair, under your nails, in every crevice of your kitchen. But it’s fun! Red was my assistant on bake day and driving her crazy was fun in and of itself.

The best birthday cake ever

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Another great thing about a funfetti cake is it’s very forgiving, decorating-wise. Since you’re covering it up with sprinkles anyway, your frosting does not need to be perfect (it just needs to be even). It will look awesome in the end. And it will make any 3-year old (or anyone, really) feel like the most special person in the world.

Happy birthday my sweet Georgie! I’ll see you soon!

(Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction.)

Happy baking!

Did you make this funfetti cake? Tell me about it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear about how it went. What’s your all time favourite birthday cake?

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Celeste Burgess

Sunday 16th of October 2016

This looks yummy for my tummy. My daughter is also a baker. She just made some beautiful cakes this weekend as well. Thanks for sharing


Monday 10th of October 2016

Hello! This looks amazing and I am looking to make one just like it for my son's upcoming birthday! My question is--how did you get the sprinkles on the side of the cake? Thanks!!


Thursday 13th of October 2016

Hi Abby! After you've put the final coat of frosting on the cake, just take a handful of sprinkles and carefully press onto the cake. Majority should stick :) Then just turn the cake around and do all sides and the top. It takes a bit patience and sprinkles do have a mind of its own sometimes so expect to spend about half an hour just making sure everything is covered. Happy birthday to your son!!

Elizabeth O

Sunday 9th of October 2016

What a delicious and festive looking cake. It would make the perfect complement to a holiday gathering and special birthdays. Yum!


Friday 7th of October 2016

Have never heard of funfetti cake but it looks so colorful and delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

Tiffany VanSickle

Wednesday 5th of October 2016

This cake looks so pretty!!! I don't think I could EVER get the sprinkles to look so nice! haha Great job!


Wednesday 5th of October 2016

Thanks Tiffany! Sprinkles are actually great to work with, covers all my mistakes :) Have a great day!