This homemade white vanilla funfetti cake with butter cream frosting is the easiest DIY birthday cake that you can make. Rustic, easy and homely.
My son turned one this July and I was pretty clear I wanted to bake him his cake. I have been making eggless dessert cakes for him for all his month birthdays that we celebrated (yeah we celebrated every month on the 28th). The pediatrician we consulted that time insisted not to have any form of egg (or non-vegetarian item, for that matter) in his food! [I bit weird, I felt]. So this is the first full-fledged real cake that he had. This was also his smash cake. And it was gone in no time!
I am not very good at cake decorating. I haven’t actually made too many birthday cakes – the ones with frosting. But still I wanted to go ahead and do an ombré effect with the frosting. I must also mention at this point I am not quite a fan of fondant cakes. I find them extremely sweet (even though I have a major MAJOR sweet tooth) and dry.
I decided to go ahead with making a vanilla butter-cream frosting with some food colors. Since Bluey was going to have this cake I escaped the chocolate or artificial flavor route. It’s natural vanilla-butter-sugar-egg-flour. That’s it nothing else in the cake – oh yes it has those sugar sprinklies for the added funfetti.
This is the easiest birthday cake you can make at home even if you are a first timer with baking and frosting.
Now you must have already realized, this was not made for the blog, so I have random photos of the cake. I also forgot to click the insides after the cake was cut because we were too busy smashing! So I guess it’s okay if there are little less photos once!
Assembling the cake
I have told you earlier I bake my cakes in a convectional microwave. This birthday cake is a tall cake. I have made cake batter for three tins. The ombre effect looks good on a tall cake. if you have an oven use three baking pans and you can bake all the three at once. But since mine doesn’t have racks, I have baked three pans individually. So it’s a longer process for me. I baked the cakes at night and let them cool over night and frosted in the morning.
Pro Tip: Always let the cake cool down completely before frosting. Else the butter cream will melt.
I made this little banner with my son’s name – Armaan is Bluey’s good name BTW- and tied to two cake pop sticks with some wool. It’s just yellow post-its, sketch pens and some wool. I used a cute little first birthday candle as the cake topper.
If you are into Pinterest then you might just absolutely get crazy with the amount of inspiration available for cake frosting – royal icing, butter cream, whipped cream – every damn thing. I too got inspired to try some ombre frosting. It’s nothing but introducing colors in smooth transitions.
The only good gel food color that I have is a dark blue one, so I made 5 shades of blue butter cream frosting, from darker blue to palest blue and some general white vanilla frosting.
I originally had an idea of creating blue ruffles around the cake but then I realized i didn’t have 5 ruffle piping nozzles! So I simply smeared with a knife to create some rough edges. So it’s nothing very fancy that you would see on Pinterest. But it’s made with lot of love and the little man was very happy.
- All Purpose Flour - 3 cups, sifted
- Baking powder - 1 tablespoon
- Salt - a pinch
- Unsalted butter - 1 cup at room temperature
- Sugar - 1 and ¾th cup
- Egg - 4, whole eggs, at room temperature
- Vanilla - Extract of 2 vanilla pods
- Milk - 1 cup, whole milk, at room temperature
- Funfetti sprinklies - ⅓rd cup
- Confectioner's Sugar / Icing Sugar - 4 cups, sifted well
- Unsalted Butter - 1 cup
- Vanilla - Extract of 1 vanilla pod
- Cream - 4 tablespoon of light cream or whole milk
- Food color - blue
- Funfetti sprinklies - 2 teaspoons
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- Pre-heat oven at 180C/350F
- Grease 3 round 6 inch baking tins with butter/cooking spray
- Line the bottom of the pans with a parchment paper/ baking sheet and grease them again with cooking spray/ butter
- Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
- Cream butter and sugar together with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 3-5 minutes or till it becomes fluffy
- Break eggs and add one at a time mixing well in between
- Scrape the insides of vanilla pods and add while beating the batter well
- Now add flour mix and milk alternatively in the order of flour - milk- flour-milk-flour till it is incorporated well.
- Use a silicon spatula at this stage and fold in the flour.
- Add the funfetti sprinklies and fold
- Rest the batter for 15-20 mins
- Divide the batter in three tins equally and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C/350F for 30 minutes or till a tooth pick entered in the center comes out clean
- Cool the cakes on a wire rack till they are completely cool. Else frosting will melt.
- Cream butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer for 1-2 minutes till it's light and creamy
- Add in the vanilla extract and beat well
- Gradually add icing sugar, in small quantities at a time - if you pour the entire icing sugar at once you will end up with a face full of icing sugar!
- Scrape down the sides as you beat the sugar
- Add 2 table spoon of cream / milk and beat on low speed for 2 minutes
- Add 2 more tablespoons of cream / milk and beat on high speed for 2 minutes or till its light and fluffy
- Divide frosting in 4-5 bowls
- Add drops of blue color in 4 bowls - 3 drops for the darkest color and gradually reducing the food color amount
- Smear the white frosting between each layer on the entire cake - it's called crumb coating
- With a flat knife / spatula spread layers of color frosting starting with the darkest color at the base and gradually working up till the lightest color.
- Keep the top on the cake white
- Sprinkle some funfetti sprinklies on top on the edges.
- Create small dots of the darkest color at the base to hide the edges
- Use any cake topper to finish the cake.