Also called Confetti Cake, this cake is all about the color. As its name implies, funfetti cakes are indeed fun to make because you can choose any colored sprinkles you like, and it is so exciting to cut the cake and marvel at the pop of colors inside.
Most confetti cakes are white or yellow cakes flavored with vanilla extract. So, to give the flavor a twist, I decided to use Birthday Cake Flavor from Amoretti. You can also use the Cake Batter Flavor from McCormick. The Birthday Cake Flavor added buttery notes mixed with the nostalgic flavor from childhood bakery desserts. If you would like to keep the cake natural, simply substitute the artificial flavors for vanilla extract.
What kind of sprinkles to use:
I recommend using either jimmies or sequins (quins). Jimmies are the elongated sprinkles, and sequins are small, round, and flat disks that look almost like the sequins you would see on a piece of clothing. Jimmies and sequins melt nicely into the cake batter, creating clear and colorful spots of color in the cake.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- Easy to make
- Simple ingredients
- Iconic birthday cake flavor
- Small serving sizes
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Mini Funfetti Cake
For the Cake
- 1 extra large egg
- 1/3 cup (85ml) whole milk
- 1 tbs 15g birthday cake flavor
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup (100g) cake flour
- 1/2 cup (100g) cane sugar
- 1 tsp (5g) baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 tbsp (30g) sprinkles I used sequins.
- simple syrup for brushing
For the Frosting
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp (100g) unsalted butter room temperature.
- 3/4 cup (75g) powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp (5g) vanilla extract
- optional: sprinkles
- optional: 1-2 drops food coloring I used sky blue food coloring.
Make the Cake
Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and the vanilla extract.
In another large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Add the butter to the dry ingredients and mix on medium speed for 30 to 60 seconds.
While the mixer is still running, add the egg and milk mixture to the dry ingredients and butter and mix for 30 seconds.
When fully incorporated, scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl, and mix again on high speed for 40 seconds to aerate the batter.
Fold the sprinkles into the cake batter.
Spray the inside of an 8” x 4” loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Pour the batter inside and smooth out the top.
Bake the cake in the middle of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick runs clean when probed into the middle of the cake.
Brush a thin layer of simple syrup or honey over the cake and allow the cake to cool completely before serving or frosting.
Make the Frosting
In a clean mixing bowl, blend together the butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Blend on high speed for 5 minutes or until the frosting is white in color and fluffy. Add 2 drops of food coloring, and blend for another minute.
Decorate the Cake
Once the cake has cooled completely, smooth the frosting onto the cake with a spatula.
Top the cake with your favorite sprinkles.
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