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Celebrate in style with this Funfetti Birthday Cake made from scratch. It’s moist, and sturdy, and covered in sprinkle goodness for a beautiful cake perfect for any celebration or birthday. 

Slice of Funfetti Birthday Cake with a bite taken out of it on a plate with a fork on it.

I’m well known for my amazing from scratch three layer cakes and this newest one is no exception. People have gone positively crazy over my recipe for The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake and now lately they have been gobbling up my recipe for The Most Amazing White Cake. Now it’s time to party in style with this Funfetti Birthday Cake.

When making this particular cake, I highly recommend lining the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. This will ensure that your cake will come out of the pan in one piece. I have used both butter and nonstick cooking spray to grease the pan on this, and both worked out just fine.

Close up of a Funfetti Birthday Cake on a white plate.

This recipe is written for 3 9-inch layers. A three tiered cake produces the ideal cake to frosting ratio. A 9-inch pan is a standard size. 8-inch and 10-inch pans will require adjustments to the recipe so adjust at your own risk.

Do not over bake this cake. Over baking a white or vanilla cake is the fastest way to dry it out. You can test your cake for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean your cake is done. I prefer to tap the top of my cake. I can feel whether or not the cake is done by seeing if it jiggles at all. If it jiggles, there is still liquid in the center.

Funfetti Birthday Cake with a slice missing on a white cake stand.


Q: Can this recipe be made into cupcakes?

A: Why yes it can! They are baked at 325 degrees for 20-22 minutes and this recipe makes about 36 cupcakes.

Q: Can I make this recipe into only two layers?

A: Yes you can, you’ll need to divide the recipe by 2/3rds. But no, I won’t do the math for you. I truly believe that the best cakes with the ideal frosting to cake ratio must be 3 layers.

Q: Do you have a substitute for eggs?

A: There are numerous options for substituting eggs in baking recipes. You can always try using one of those.

Q: What if I don’t have buttermilk? Do I have to use it?

A: Buttermilk reacts with the baking powder in this recipe to give the cake volume. To learn all about buttermilk, as well as learn how to make a quick and easy buttermilk substitute, please read this post.

Q: Can I use a different pan size?

A: You are certainly welcome to try, but you’ll need to adjust cooking times and be careful as to how much you fill the pan. This recipe is written for 9-inch round pans, which is a standard size and is meant to be eaten as a 3 layer cake.

Q: Can I use a different frosting? 

A: You certainly can!

Q: Can I make this recipe gluten free?

A: Use gluten free flours at your own risk. Not all gluten free flours are equal and most don’t work as a straight forward substitute for all-purpose flour. I have not tested any gluten free flours in this recipe as I do not have Celiac’s disease.

Q: Do I have to coat the outside with sprinkles?

A: Nope! You can decorate the cake however you would like.

Q: Can I add sprinkles to the frosting for a funfetti frosting?

A: Yes! Once your frosting is made, simply fold in your sprinkles gently. This will keep the sprinkles from bleeding out their colors into the frosting.

Q: Can I use non-pareil sprinkles?

A: No, I don’t recommend it as they bleed out their colors and won’t produce the ideal result for a funfetti cake.

A close up of a slice of Funfetti Birthday Cake with a bite taken out of it on a white plate with a fork on it.

In the photos and video I have covered my cake completely with sprinkles. This required almost 2 cups of additional sprinkles. I will warn you that it can get downright messy so have a vacuum or broom handy. It’s a beautiful result, but it can get a bit crazy.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

A close up of a slice of Funfetti Birthday Cake with a bite taken out of it on a white plate with a fork on it.
Celebrate in style with this Funfetti Birthday Cake made from scratch. It's moist, and sturdy, and covered in sprinkle goodness for a beautiful cake perfect for any celebration or birthday.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup sprinkles


  • 1 1/2 cups softened butter
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups sprinkles for decorating
  • Grease three 9-inch pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Use a fork to combine the eggs and buttermilk together in a bowl or 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix in until just combined. Add in half of the milk mixture and combine. Add in another 1/3 of the dry ingredients until combined followed by the remainder of the buttermilk mixture. Add in the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer until just combined, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure everything is mixed in. Gently stir in sprinkles. Do not over stir or colors will bleed.
  • Divide the batter among the three prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before layering and frosting.
  • To make frosting, beat softened butter together with cream cheese and vanilla extract and 2 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add in remainder of powdered sugar and use milk to thin as needed. Frost and assemble cake layers with frosting in between, and to cover the outside. Decorate with additional sprinkles.


Calories: 646kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 162mg | Sugar: 73g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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July 7, 2020 12:19 am

I love your vanilla cake and make it often. I see that the difference in the funfetti and vanilla cake recipes is in the fat; butter and butter and oil. My question is: can I just add my sprinkles to your vanilla cake recipe and make it a funfetti or is there a reason why the funfetti is all butter? Thank you.

February 14, 2020 4:39 pm

Do I use salted or unsalted butter for the frosting?

February 15, 2020 9:53 am
Reply to  Bridget

Either can work in this recipe. If you do use salted, just know that there will be a slight taste of salt to the frosting.

February 1, 2020 12:39 pm

5 stars
I’m looking forward to making this. Should I also grease the parchment?

February 21, 2020 1:42 pm
Reply to  Karen

No need to grease the parchment.

October 21, 2018 6:08 pm

I’ve been looking forward to making this fun celebration cake. Ordered the sprinkles…today I baked. Let me say it is a wonderful dense cake with thorough directions, removes easily from pans, and frosts supberb, very sturdy. The favor is soooo yummy. , creamy, delectable that when I am not eating.a piece I cannot stop thinking of cutting myself another piece. It is that good! Plus it is such a happy looking you can’t help but smile when you see it on your table. A must have recipe for special occasions (or a Tuesday). I am so thankful Rachel has shared!… Read more »

January 12, 2020 4:10 pm

I bet this would have been fantastic had I not forgotten the VANILLA EXTRACT!!!! argh!!! Buttermilk cake anyone? It was quite moist tho

Amy Temple
September 29, 2019 4:57 pm

5 stars
So easy and SO DELICIOUS

Kayleen Abernathy
July 16, 2019 9:47 pm

Hi, I’m wanting to make the vanilla cake on your website, but was wanting a vanilla cream cheese frosting .
Do you have a recipe for that? Or can I use the frosting for the funfetti birthday cake without the sprinkles?

March 16, 2019 1:42 am

4 stars
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I have made it but all of my sprinkles just melted into the cake so no colours at all. To be honest I have no idea where are the blue and red colours went. 5he cake still tastes delicious though! Would you recommend any specific type of sprinkles?

Shantrell royster
November 24, 2018 1:40 pm

Hello question about the funfetti cake do we take it out the pans to let it cool on the wire rack of just place the cake pan on the wire rack…. first time baker

November 19, 2018 9:13 pm

5 stars
Fantastic texture and taste! Thanks a lot

Nancy Connor
May 21, 2018 12:22 pm

Your amazing chocolate cake was just that–amazing…now I am wondering if you could suggest how I can make a coconut cake.
Nancy C

May 12, 2018 1:56 pm

Can I use a 13-9 pan what do I have to do alter the cake mixture do I have to half all the Ingredients

April 29, 2018 2:10 pm

5 stars
This cake looks awesome! What is the easiest way to put the sprinkles on the sides of the cake? Thank you!

April 19, 2018 7:55 am

For the cake portion of this recipe do you have to make it 3 times or is it for all layers?

April 16, 2018 6:32 pm

Will make it for my grandpa’s birthday! Can you make a carrot cake later in the future?

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