This funfetti layer cake is baked from scratch and includes a surprise chocolate layer inside! Topped with cream cheese frosting and scattered sprinkles, this homemade funfetti cake is perfect for celebrating a special birthday. The recipe includes instructions for baking the cake in 6 inch, 8 inch, or 9 inch pans.
I celebrated a big birthday earlier this month: the big 3-0. I wasn't at all sad to turn 30; in fact, I was excited to celebrate this milestone birthday. As someone who's always been a homebody and would prefer to spend Saturday night on the couch with a good movie rather than out at a bar, it feels like my age and lifestyle preferences are finally in line, ha!
Despite feeling ready to kick off my thirties, I knew that I wanted to say goodbye to my twenties with a fun, youthful birthday cake. A funfetti cake seemed like a no-brainer. But since chocolate is always a good idea, I decided to add a layer of chocolate cake and frosting in the center to really take this cake up a notch! This funfetti layer cake - with a surprise chocolate layer and cream cheese frosting, all made from scratch - was the perfect birthday cake for a special celebration.
6 Inch (or 8 Inch or 9 Inch) Funfetti Layer Cake
I love the look of tall cakes (cakes that are taller than they are wide) that I've been seeing all over the Internet recently, and I knew that I wanted this cake to be tall, too. But I also didn't want a massive amount of leftover cake, so I knew that a multi-layer, 9 inch cake was more cake than I needed. Instead of baking this cake in my go-to 9 inch round cake pans, I opted for 6 inch round cake pans. The smaller diameter of the cake layers makes the cake appear taller, and I didn't end up with excessive amounts of leftover cake. Win, win!
It is, however, very easy to adapt this recipe for larger cake pans if that's your preference! While I designed the recipe for 6 inch pans, it can be easily scaled up to work with 8 inch or 9 inch pans. For 8 inch pans, increase the ingredient measurements by 50% (multiply the amounts by 1.5). For 9 inch pans, double the recipe (there's a button on the recipe card that will do this calculation for you!). In both cases, the thickness of the cake layers will remain the same (only the diameter will increase), so the bake times don't change. It's still a good idea to keep an eye on your cakes as they bake though, in case they need a little bit less or more baking time than the recipe states.
What Sprinkles are Best for Funfetti Cake?
I'm so glad you asked, because this is important! There are lots of different types of sprinkles, and you want to be careful not to use sprinkles that will bleed color into your cake and frosting. I recommend using quins (confetti-like sprinkles), and I used these for this cake. You can also use jimmies (rod-like sprinkles). Do not (I repeat, DO NOT) use nonpareils. These tiny, round sprinkles will bleed color all over your cake and frosting and make you sad.Print