Funfetti Cake Recipe

A funfetti recipe that is light, fluffy, full of flavor and easy to make! This is my go-to cake recipe for birthdays and special occasions!

6 cups of batter makes about two 8"x2" rounds or three 6"x2" rounds

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword funfetti cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 cups of batter
Calories 764 kcal
Author Liz Marek


Cake Ingredients

  • 14 oz All Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter room temp
  • 14 oz sugar
  • 1 Tbsp extract clear vanilla or almond
  • 6 egg whites fresh not boxed at room temp
  • 10 oz milk room temp
  • 2 oz vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup rainbow sprinkles

Water Ganache

  • 6 oz white chocolate or candy melts
  • 1 oz warm water

Easy Buttercream (Mock SMBC)

  • 2 lbs unsalted butter room temp
  • 2 lbs powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz pasteurized egg whites
US Customary - Metric


Cake Instructions

  1. Combine your wet ingredients milk and oil and set aside. 

  2. Combine your dry ingredients flour, baking powder & salt and set aside

  3. Place butter and sugar into the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium until mixture is light and fluffy

  4. Add in egg whites one at a time (roughly) and let fully combine after each addition before adding the next. 

  5. Add in 1/3 of your dry ingredients and let combine. Add in 1/2 of your liquids, then dry, then liquids and the rest of your dry. Let mix until just combined. 

  6. Fold in your sprinkles. Don't over mix. 

  7. Add batter into prepared cake pans. sprinkle more sprinkles on top of the cake batter if desired. bake at 325 degrees F for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the center. 

  8. Let cool ten minutes then turn out cakes onto a cooling rack. Wrap warm and place into the freezer to flash chill. This locks in the moisture. Once cool but not frozen you can then trim off the brown edges of your cakes and frost as desired. 

Water Ganache Instructions

  1. Melt chocolate in microwave or in a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water (bane marie) and add in water. Whisk until combined. Add food coloring if desired. Let cool to 90 degrees (Should feel slightly cool to the touch but still liquid) and drip over your frosted and chilled cake. 

Easy Buttercream Instructions

  1. Place egg whites and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl with the whisk attachment. Whisk to combine. Add in butter in small chunks then vanilla and salt. Whip on high until light and fluffy and white. Optional: switch to the paddle attachment and mix on low for 15-20 minutes until all air bubbles are gone. 

  2. Optional: switch to paddle attachment and let mix on low for 15 minutes to get all the air bubbles out. Frost cake as desired. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Learn to make this tasty funfetti birthday cake with easy buttercream and water ganache drip! 

Nutrition Facts
Funfetti Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 764 Calories from Fat 378
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 42g 65%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 272mg 11%
Potassium 401mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 128g 43%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 77g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 20.4%
Calcium 16.5%
Iron 18.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.