Easy Funfetti Layered Birthday Cake

Making a layered birthday cake can be intimidating, especially if it’s going to be sitting on display at a party for all to admire. So I’ve created a new and improved layered cake tutorial so you can see just how easy it really is! 

For this cake I kept it simple using a box of Funfetti cake mix and homemade whipped vanilla buttercream icing. If you want to start from scratch you can find a recipe for funfetti cake {here}.


Step 1: Prepare your cake pans to make sure the cake slides out nicely
after baking. 
Grease the pan in it’s entirety and sprinkle with flour until the pan is completely covered. You can also use the wax paper technique found in {this tutorial}.


Step 2: Make the cake
batter
according to the directions on the box and pour an equal amount of batter in two 8″ or 9″ pans making sure each
layer is the same height. Since it is a birthday cake, feel free to dump a lot of extra sprinkles in the batter!


Step 3: Bake your cake
with perfectly level layers.
There is no way to prevent your cake from slightly raising
in the middle, however you
can reduce the heat from 350 degrees F to 300 degrees F and increase
the baking time
for a more even
layer. The lower temperatures bake the cake slower, which prevents it
from doming. A good rule of thumb when you reduce the temperature is to bake it
for one and a half times as long as the recipe originally suggests. So if the
recipe says 60 minutes at 350 degrees, it will take approximately 90 minutes at
300 degrees. But keep an eye on it! Check it periodically after the original
suggested time to be sure you don’t over bake it.

Step 4: Let your cakes sit in
their pans for at least 10 minutes. To remove your cake, first run a knife
around the edge and turn them out onto a wire rack. Cool on the racks completely.


 

Step 5: Chill the layers
in the fridge overnight
in plastic wrap if you have the time. If not, chill for at
least a few hours. 



Step 6: Unwrap the layers and prepare your icing. Your icing should be at a consistency where if you drop your
spatula straight into the bowl, it should slightly bend one direction, not
stick straight up.



Whipped Vanilla Buttercream 


1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lb confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt


In
a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high
speed until smooth (about 1 minute).  One cup at a time, add in the
confectioners’ sugar and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated. 
Add the salt.  Continue to beat on medium-high speed until smooth (about
1-2 minutes). Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla on low speed until
well blended.  Increase the mixer speed and whip on high speed until
light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed (about 4-5 minutes).

Step 7: Place your bottom cake
layer on a cardboard round {so it is easy to transport to a cake stand later} and
pipe along the rim of the cake and fill in with icing. For this cake, I let Matt pick the middle filling flavor since it was for his birthday. Of all the flavors, he chose black cherry. Really, Matt? 



For more information on using Kool-Aid packets to flavor your frosting {click here}.


 

Step 10: Stack your layers and it is time to frost the
cake
! Your first layer should be a crumb
coat
, a thin layer of icing that seals in any loose crumbs. Using an angled
spatula, spread the icing over the top first, then the sides. Place cake in
fridge to chill for at least 30 minutes
to harden the icing, allowing for a smoother second coat.



Note: To keep your icing
crumb-free, always wipe crumbs off your spatula before dipping it back into the
bowl.



Another Note: Using
a cake turn table will make the icing process much easier! You can get a
cake turn table at Walmart or Michaels for about $10 {I promise it’s
worth it!}

Step 11: Spread on the second coat of icing, and move cake to plate
or stand.

 Step 12: Add the finishing decorative touches. To add numbers, letters or pictures
to the cake, gently place a cookie cutter on top of the cake and pour
just enough sprinkles to fill the inside of the cookie cutter. Then
carefully press the sprinkles down so they stick into the frosting.

Time to eat cake! 



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37 Comments

  1. Sunkissed and Southern
    July 9, 2013 / 1:12 pm

    This makes me want cake and champagne for breakfast! It looks delicious and so cute.

  2. the girl in the red shoes
    July 9, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    Oh my word….it's so so so perfect! Come to my house and make me a cake?

  3. Meg
    July 9, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    Looks fantastic! Great simple tutorial too, I really liked your timing suggestion at a lower heat, that's a great tip! Am doing a layer cake on the weekend, will give this a go! xx

  4. Ashley @ Places To Go, Things To Buy
    July 9, 2013 / 1:46 pm

    Mmm looks great! Love the cool aid idea!

  5. Erin @ Sugar Magnolia
    July 9, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Such a pretty cake! I love the sprinkle numbers on top!

  6. megan
    July 9, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Are you sure you're not related to Martha Stewart? 🙂 You are so dang talented!

  7. Abigail
    July 9, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    This is beautiful and so fun! 🙂

  8. SHAYNA
    July 9, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    You did an amazing job!!! I will have to remember this recipe!!!

  9. Bekah @ re·solve
    July 9, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    love this! your tutorial from last year helped me tons! i've been baking at 300 ever since 😀

  10. Katie
    July 9, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    Obsessed. that is all 🙂 making this asap!!

  11. Autumn
    July 9, 2013 / 5:32 pm

    That is a GORGEOUS cake!

  12. April of A. Liz Adventures
    July 9, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    You are so creative … Martha, watch out! I love this, so beautiful and happy!

  13. Brianne Bracco
    July 9, 2013 / 6:16 pm

    So I think I need to leave work, go to the store, make this cake, and sit with a big glass of milk..STAT. Looks so yummy!

  14. Libby
    July 9, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    Yum! What a good idea 🙂

  15. Wifessionals
    July 9, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    Yay!!! I love this! Funfetti is the only cake we eat so now I HAVE to try this (:

  16. Jackie
    July 9, 2013 / 7:08 pm

    this looks like the most fun cake! i especially love the sprinkle numbers on the topping! i've never made a layer cake, but this might have to be my first! yum!

  17. Ashleigh
    July 9, 2013 / 9:01 pm

    This is making me hungry! I so wanna have a piece of that cake 🙂

  18. Sarah
    July 9, 2013 / 10:03 pm

    Amazing!! You did a great job.

  19. rachel
    July 10, 2013 / 3:56 am

    Absolutely adorable and looks so dang tasty! I so do not need to be reading this late at night…now I want cake! 🙂

  20. Pris
    July 10, 2013 / 2:15 pm

    I am bookmarking this post! Great tutorial- thanks for sharing!

  21. Makeshift Margaritas
    July 10, 2013 / 5:12 pm

    This is fabulous! Love all of the extra sprinkles, too – a definite must! Can't wait to try this! 🙂

  22. Courtney
    July 10, 2013 / 11:41 pm

    This recipe looks absolutely incredible – now I need an excuse to bake a cake!

  23. Tiffany
    July 11, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    yeah…this is pure greatness! mouth.is.watering!

  24. [dianegatorfan]
    July 15, 2013 / 5:45 pm

    Mmmmm – love the way this looks! A feast for the tummy AND the eyes! How fun!

  25. Lisa
    July 17, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    Wow, your cake looks fantastic! I use bake-even strips from Michaels to make flat cakes and they are amazing. Love your tips!

  26. Laura Barker
    August 11, 2013 / 10:01 pm

    This cake is so pretty! I love how you've used cookie cutters to make the numbers on top – I've been using decorations on cakes for years and never thought of this! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Monir MOn
    August 25, 2013 / 4:59 am

    How nice the cake is! It is very delicious. I kike it so much. How can I make it? Is it possible for me?

  28. Ahshanul Hoque
    June 21, 2014 / 9:54 am

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  29. Paige
    July 11, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    I just made your recipe for buttercream frosting for our gender reveal cake. It was AMAZING! It was actually a little alarming at how much I ate as I frosted and styled the cake. 🙂 Baby was kicking, for sure! I've always used 2 sticks of butter and that third stick made all the diffference! Yum!

  30. linda
    August 26, 2014 / 2:52 am

    Wow! Thank you for this tutorial… It's was really kind of you to share your tips. Your cake turned out amazing!!!! I am going to try this .

  31. Artesania Concha Rodríguez
    September 22, 2014 / 9:06 pm

    Si alguien me lo puede traducir a español, por favor , me encantaría. Estaría muy agradecia.

  32. Lizzie Somerset
    February 10, 2015 / 1:19 pm

    Love this so much, going to attempt it for my little girls 2nd birthday coming up soon. Can you recommend the cake mix brand? Thanks Lizzie XO

  33. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    July 12, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    WOW!! This looks delicious my friend x

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