This naked confetti cake is a celebration in itself! Buttery moist vanilla cake bursting with rainbow sprinkles is layered with a creamy vanilla buttercream frosting and topped with even more sprinkles. Party!!
I love baking and of course eating cake, but I’m no professional when it comes to decorating one. That’s what I love so much about the whole naked cake trend. It’s amazing how gorgeous a cake can still be by just showcasing it as is. No fuss with frosting the whole cake to make it look fabulous.
This confetti cake is the perfect cake to leave “naked” because the rainbow sprinkles are baked in decorations. By trimming the outside edges of the cake, the eyes get an exciting glimpse into all the sprinkles inside. And who doesn’t love sprinkles?!
We don’t have any birthdays to celebrate in our family for a few more months, but I just felt the need to have a great vanilla flavored confetti cake up my sleeve for when the next celebration rolls around. It’s been so fun and pretty funny because as I’ve been testing the recipe for this cake, the boys are convinced that we’re celebrating someone’s birthday and they’ve gotten a kick out of taking turns singing to each other as we try the cake. We might have even lit and blown out a few candles along the way. ;))
You just can’t go wrong baking this cake for any celebration. It screams fun and yum! Each bite is full of sweet, buttery, vanilla deliciousness…
Skip the mix and let me show you how easy it is to bake a great confetti cake from scratch that you can be so proud of.
It all starts with a buttery vanilla cake batter that’s loaded with rainbow sprinkles…
The batter is baked to moist fluffy cake perfection while the sprinkles stay bright and beautiful…
I decided to trim around the edges of each cake layer to expose the sprinkles and I love how fun and festive it turned out.
The layering and frosting literally takes less than 5 minutes…
Ta-da! A homemade confetti cake that will bring a smile to everyone’s face!
There’s just something so fun about a cake filled and topped with sprinkles. Serving it up to your loved ones will be something special!
We’ve all given this cake two thumbs up and the boys have even asked if I can make one for their next “real” birthday. Best compliment ever!
I hope you have a reason to celebrate soon so you can bake and enjoy it ASAP! Trust me, it’s so easy, so fun and most importantly, so delicious!!
This recipe was created as part of my partnership with Gold Medal Flour however thoughts and opinions are certainly my own!
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
- 1 cup whole milk or buttermilk
- 1 cup rainbow sprinkles
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- ⅓ cup rainbow sprinkles, for garnishing the top of the cake
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of three 8-inch round cake pans with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit. Lightly grease and flour both cake pans and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until very white and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure each one is well incorporated before adding another. Mix in the vanilla.
- With the mixer on low speed, alternate adding the flour mixture and the milk, ending with the flour mixture, until batter is smooth. Fold in 1 cup rainbow sprinkles with a spatula.
- Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans. Bake cakes for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans for 15 minutes before running a sharp knife around the edges turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
- To make the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Add the salt and vanilla. Beat in the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until well combined. Add 1 tablespoon milk and beat on medium-high speed until frosting is fluffy and of spreading consistency. Add additional milk if the frosting is too thick or additional powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin to spread.
- Once cakes are cooled, use a sharp knife to trim around the edges so the inside of the cake is slightly exposed.
- Spread a small amount of frosting on the bottom of a cake stand or cake plate. Place one cake layer, top side down, on the cake stand. Spread a third of the frosting over the first cake layer, spreading it all the way to the edges. Repeat with remaining cakes and frosting. Cover the top layer of frosting with ⅓ cup rainbow sprinkles, gently pressing them into the frosting.
- Serve, eat and enjoy!