Wednesday, December 12, 2012

For the Love of All Things Sprinkled...

Simple rainbow ball sprinkles are, and always have been, the apple of my eye <3 I mean come on, how could anyone resist this colorful sugar heaven!?

Let's just say my nice and easy vision for this birthday cake resulted in a wake up text to my roommate saying, "Sorry, if it feels like you're walking on sprinkles in the's because you are."  I was in a sprinkle state of mind. I was hosting a get together for my best friend's birthday, and the cake choice was a no brainer. We lived together for 4 years in college, and if I wasted my time making anything other than Funfetti I would've deserved a smack in the face.

Now I can't knock the boxed version, it was a childhood staple and is definitely a last minute default if there was no time to bake from scratch. Not to mention I was a little hesitant to attempt a homemade version, afraid that it wouldn't meet her standards. But after this year of experimenting and adjusting recipes, I had to give it a shot.

This is the gorgeous birthday girl.  She looks pretty happy with the cake to me, don't you think? :)
Now let's get down to business with the recipe!

 Funfetti Cake
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup {2 sticks} of butter
2 cups sugar
4 large egg whites
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Sprinkles {as little or many as you'd like}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the bottoms and sides of two 9" round pans.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed until smooth and fluffy.

Add in vanilla and egg whites. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
With the mixer on low, add 1/3 of the flour mixture and beat until combined.  Alternate adding 1/2 of the buttermilk with the remainder of the flour mixture, ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, be sure not to overwork the batter.

Now as for the sprinkles, I have no measurements for you. In fact I had a bit of a heavy hand when it came to this pour {like I said I love sprinkles}. That just means more FUN in the Funfetti!  

Stir in the sprinkles until evenly distributed. Separate the batter evenly among the two greased cake pans. 

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cakes cool in the pans for about 15 minutes, then remove and place on a rack to fully cool.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks of butter {room temperature}
3 cups powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2-4 Tbs whipping cream {add until desired consistency}

Beat butter on low speed to begin to cream.  Slowly begin to add the powder sugar on the lowest speed {*actually follow this tip so you don't end up like me, looking like a powdered donut when you try to be superwoman using medium speed}. Once the sugar has begun to be incorporated, increase the speed to medium and continue to blend.  Add in the salt, vanilla and whipping cream and continue to beat on medium speed. Add more cream until desired consistency is reached.  If the frosting is too thin, add more powder sugar.
Spread a layer of frosting between the two cakes and stack them evenly atop one another.  Frost the entire cake evenly with a generous amount of frosting {just my personal opinion}.
Now this was the hard part. And if you dare take a stab at it, the best and only advice I have for you is to lay down a tarp or wrap your whole table in saran wrap. There has to be some better strategy than "pour and watch them roll off", and I definitely learned that the hard way.  It takes time. And patients {something I have very little of}. The best and only tactic I could think of was attacking very small patches at a time-- but it IS possible as you can see from the end result {just don't look too close I may have missed a few spots in the rush}. 
This cake is perfect for any party, just change it up with different sprinkle colors and shapes!

This is about as FUN as any cake grab a slice ;)

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