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Birthday Confetti Layer Cake

My younger son turned 5 last week and I wanted to make a cake for him that not only looks good but is also a hit with the kids – especially, 5-year-olds.

It didn’t take me long to decide on a cake that’s covered with Confetti or Sprinkles. Nothing makes a kid squeal with joy looking at a cake covered with nothing but colorful confetti.  So here is my kid’s Birthday Confetti Cake.

it’s THE Birthday Cake for kids. Period. And, I wanted to keep it simple. By Simple, I meant –

  • Two white sponge layers sandwiched with heavy frosting
  • Semi-home made (used store-bought frosting)
  • Confetti all over (to hide my amazing frosting skills)

Birthday Confetti Cake

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday CakeI kept it semi-home made by using the store-bought frosting. Pillsbury Sprinkle Frosting to be precise. I baked the sponge cakes from scratch. The frosting was kind of messy and it’s no surprise. The sprinkles were a life saver. They not only hid the imperfect frosting but also made the cake so awesome.

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday Cake

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday CakeMy son stayed up late into the night – waiting patiently, the sponges to cool down so that, he can frost them with me. His most favorite part was to cover the cake (and his mouth) with sprinkles. So, let’s give some credit to the kiddo here! The 5-year old who helped his mom with his own Birthday Cake. How cool is that!

If you are the kind of mom that likes to make their kid’s birthday cakes, this is such a great choice! It’s super easy AND super cute. I mean…who doesn’t love confetti, right?!

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday Cake

If you like some fancy yet extremely delectable special occasion cakes, check out Ras Malai Cream Cake Cardamom Cream Cake

INGREDIENTS:

For Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup room temperature milk 
  • 6 egg whites 
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks softened unsalted butter

Frosting:

If you are not time crunched, make your Vanilla Frosting at home. See the method below:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 TSP vanilla essence
  • 1 to 2 TBSP milk

In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. If it’s too thick then add 1 more TBSP of milk.

 METHOD:
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by buttering and dusting with flour.
  • Mix milk, egg whites, and vanilla extract until blended.
  • Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. (you can mix with your hands or, use an electric mixer)
  • Add butter, cut into cubes and continue beating on low for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to flour mixture and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat for about 1 minute.
  • Pour batter evenly between two prepared cake pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 27 to 30 minutes.
  • Allow cake to cool to room temperature.

ASSEMBLY

  • Once cakes are cool, place one layer on a cake stand and spread 1 cup of frosting on the cake.
  • Turn the second layer upside down (so the bottom is face up) and gently place it on top of the first layer.
  • Use the remaining frosting to frost the rest of the cake.
  • Gently press confetti into buttercream by using your hands. It’s ok! our hands are going to get dirty and sticky but its worth it. Once the entire cake is covered, remove the parchment.
  • Place the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

NOTE: Slightly adapted from http://www.epicurious.com

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122 thoughts on “Birthday Confetti Layer Cake

  1. That cake looks wonderful My boys birthdays aren’t until August, but I am bookmarking this because I think they would really like it.

  2. This is pretty much kid and husband heaven! At least my husband would think so. The cake looks delicious, soft and spongy and so colourful. Love it.

  3. This cake is MY kind of cake. I am all about vanilla and ALL about sprinkles! Not only is it pretty, but I bet it tastes like a piece of heaven!

  4. Is there anything better than homemade birthday cake? I usually don’t have the time and energy to make it but I always enjoy it more than store bought. This looks so good!

  5. Sprinkles always make everything so happy, and I am sure your 5 year old loved it! I love the vanilla on vanilla – looks so delicious!

  6. My birthday is next in the house and this looks awesome! I love the colors of it too. So much fun!

  7. Very cute! That is such a fun birthday cake! We did something similar with a store bought cake that was very plain to start. Definitely a kid pleaser!

  8. I’ve never had a confetti cake before but this looks so yummy. I’d be happy with this at 27, nevermind 5! x

  9. Confetti cakes are the most adorable cakes! And the best part is that they’re easy to make even if you’re not a pro baker! I love this idea! I’m so keeping the recipe!

  10. You’re totally right – confetti does make everything look prettier and more festive. Your cake turned out quite impresive! I guess I’m in need of cake now…

  11. Yummy Yummy Yummy! homemade confetti cake. I will not lie, I usually just buy birthday cakes because I’m not a baker. But I will try this!

  12. When I was growing up, my dad and I always made my birthday cakes together. I’m sure your son will savor the memories of working with you in the kitchen, especially as he gets older!

  13. This looks so amazing! I love cake and I love sprinkles, so I’d gobble this right up.

  14. What a fun cake! My kids and husband would gobble this up! I really want to try and make a layered cake soon.

  15. This looks so fun!! I can’t believe a 5 year old wouldn’t absolutely love it! And I like how you said the sprinkles cover up any flaws in the frosting (perfect for me!!)

  16. aww can’t beat a decent cake! I love this confetti idea, works for boys and girls to whip up in a pinch!

  17. This is a cute idea! You can even use different colored sprinkles for this, depending on the theme of the party. I really like that’s it’s not that difficult to make either.

  18. This is very creative Aish! I’m sure my son will love it as well, I need to give it a try sometime. Yummy!

  19. When I was younger my mom would always gold cake. Then as I got older I started to eat white cake which I love. This cake looks so yummy.

  20. i love this cake and is so simple and colorful. and it looks so cute !!

  21. That looks like the best cake ever. My birthday is 9 months away but I’ll be saving this!

  22. That was the cake of my dream when I was a kid! Such a great fun and colorful cake, I’ll keep this recipe for my futur kid:)

  23. This cake looks amazing! We have a couple birthdays that are coming up and this would be the perfect way to celebrate.

  24. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it was the star of the party. and you can totally use different sprinkles depending on the theme of the party. The sprinkles are so easy to use as well.

  25. This looks like such a fun and amazing cake! I’m not very good at baking but I really like how this cake turns out. Pretty sure your son and his friends had a fun filled party .

  26. This cake is so festive and perfect for any birthday party. I love all the sprinkles and the fun party colors.

  27. Loving all that confetti! My favorite cakes have all sorts of sprinkles all over them too!

  28. How cute is this cake? Sprinkles make everything taste better and this looks so easy to make!

  29. This cake looks amazing, one day I’d love to give something like this a try x

  30. This looks really awesome! I love this trend, people seem to be making anything that’s birthday confetti related and it’s really nice. This cake is so festive.

  31. Sprinkles are awesome! I think this is a great cake for parties! I think it’s really nice that you shared this recipe. It’s really simple to make.

  32. Confetti Cake is one of my favorites! And my birthday is coming up…so I think I know exactly what to make!

  33. Looks awesome and actually like something that I can do. I love easy recipes that are fun like this.

  34. Confetti cake is my favorite flavor. This looks so amazing I’m going to have to pin.

  35. My girls birthdays are coming up in a few days, this is something I will make for them because I have fallen in love with how good the cake looks.

  36. Good heavens! Who could ever resist a cake like this. My little one turns two next week, ordered a special cake for him, but in July is my birthday so I can make a “me” cake LOL.

  37. Yumm I love sprinkle cake!! I like licking all the spoons from frosting too, thats the best part!!

  38. Can this Confetti cake can be made eggless. If yes, what would be it’s replacement. My daughters’s bday is around the corner so wanted surprise her with this. She is quite fond of sprinkles

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