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This fluffy and moist homemade Funfetti Cake is easy to make in a 9×13 inch pan! This white confetti cake is full of sprinkles and topped with funfetti vanilla frosting.

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Our funfetti cake recipe is a from scratch white cake that’s been loaded with jimmie sprinkles! It’s the perfect party or birthday cake.

You can add as few or as many sprinkles as you’d like to homemade funfetti cake. I say if you’re making a funfetti cake recipe, go big and add at least 3/4 cup of sprinkles to the batter. Don’t forget to top the frosting with sprinkles!

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Homemade Funfetti Cake Ingredients

  • unsalted butter: adds flavor and tender texture
  • granulated sugar: adds sweetness and flavor
  • egg whites: binds the cake together by providing structure – using only egg whites keeps the cake more white in color
  • vanilla extract: adds that classic vanilla flavor to the cake
  • sour cream: adds moisture & fat, activates the baking soda
  • milk: adds moisture
  • all purpose flour: flour is necessary to build structure
  • baking soda: helps to leaven and lift the batter
  • salt: just a pinch to balance the sweetness
  • jimmie sprinkles: sprinkles are critical in homemade funfetti cake
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How to Make Funfetti Cake From Scratch

  1. Beat the butter and sugar together, 1-2 minutes, until thick and creamy.
  2. Add in the egg whites, sour cream, milk and vanilla. Beat again until combined.
  3. Gently fold in the dry ingredients and sprinkles, mixing by hand with a spatula.
  4. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the batter into the pan and spread smooth with a spatula.
  5. Bake then cool completely before adding the frosting.

Total Time Required

  • 10 minutes to prep the batter
  • 33-36 minutes to bake the cake
  • 1 hour, at least, to cool the cake
  • 15 minutes to make and frost the cake
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What Sprinkles to Use for Funfetti Cake

Jimmie sprinkles are the best type of sprinkle to use when making 9 x 13 inch funfetti cake. Jimmie sprinkles are the long, skinny “hot dog” shape sprinkle.

I do not recommend using nonpareils, the small round ball sprinkles, because their color tends to bleed during baking.

After much searching, I found that Walmart’s Great Value brand jimmie sprinkles are the best looking sprinkles because the colors are bright and the sprinkle mixture doesn’t contain brown sprinkles. I don’t want brown sprinkles because they don’t look appealing!

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Frosting for Confetti Cake

The frosting options are endless. Follow the vanilla frosting provided in the recipe card or try..

Can this recipe be made into cupcakes?

We converted this recipe for you! Our funfetti cupcake recipe makes 12 cupcakes.

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Tips

  • Properly measure the all purpose flour using the spoon and sweep method.
  • Use room temperature butter for easier creaming of the butter and sugar.
  • Use jimmie sprinkles
  • Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients just until they are combined. Over mixing could lead to dry, dense cake.
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Funfetti Cake

By: Beth
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 20 servings
This fluffy and moist homemade Funfetti Cake is easy to make in a 9×13 inch pan! This white confetti cake is full of sprinkles and topped with funfetti vanilla frosting. Learn how to make birthday funfetti cake from scratch with our tips.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 cup
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup jimmies sprinkles, the long ones, not the ball ones

Frosting

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature, 1 & 1/2 cups
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 cups powdered sugar
  • jimmie sprinkles, to top the cake

Instructions 

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the butter and sugar, beat using an electric mixer, 1-2 minutes until fluffy.
  • Add in the egg whites, sour cream, milk, and vanilla extract. Beat with the electric mixer.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt and sprinkles.
  • Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, mixing by hand with a spatula just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 30-37 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely before adding the frosting.

Frosting

  • In a mixing bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the vanilla extract and 2 cups of powdered sugar, mix again.
  • Add in more powdered sugar (up to 2 more cups) as you see fit. Add a dash of milk if the frosting becomes too thick.
  • Spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Add sprinkles. Cut and serve. Store in an air tight container on the counter for up to 3 days.

Notes

Turn this recipe into funfetti cupcakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 115mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 823IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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49 Comments

  1. With using two pans did you find the frosting recipe was enough? I even thought about cutting the 9×13 in half to layer. (?)

  2. If I am making this day before the event, can I store it on the counter or should I store it in the fridge? Would I wait to frost it till the day of? Thank you! 

    1. I would keep it on the counter and frosting it the day of is best!

  3. I followed the instructions exactly and it turned out great in a 9×13 pan, took 34 minutes to bake all the way with all the batter in 1 pan. Great recipe, fun for any age birthday! Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    We made this for my daughter’s 6th birthday.  The recipe is simple enough that she was able to help with most of it, which she loves.  We loved how it turned out.  I cooked it the full 37 minutes, it definitely needed the full amount of time.  This cake is very moist.  Everyone loved it.  Thank you.