You Only Get One First Birthday!

A Funfetti Birthday

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This last February was my cousin’s birthday. She is a Valentin’s Day baby too cute 😉 It was my job to make the cake. Her favorite is funfettie with all the colors of the rainbow. The plan was to make a three layer over the top fettie cake covered in pink frosting. Sadly I was called into work at the last minute and this fabulous cake never became a realization until now. I have been thinking about this cake since February, “Yes I spend my free time pondering about baked goods” anyway I was excited to finally have some time to make this fun and colorful birthday cake and I had the perfect occasion. I am super excited to tell you that it is my twin nephews 1st birthday! I can’t believe it has been a year since these little guys have entered our lives! It is such a blessing to have watched these two grow from little 4 pound preemies in the NICU to thriving toddlers that can’t sit still. It has been an amazing ride so far and I can’t wait to see them grow even bigger!

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Funfetti is basically white cake with rainbow sprinkles folded in. Now I love white cake and all but I wanted to punch up the flavor a bit by adding some almond extract. Same thing with the frosting instead of vanilla I added orange zest to brighten up the flavor.

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For the Cake

3 cups cake flour

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cups whole buttermilk, room temperature

5 large eggs, room temperature

1 tablespoon almond extract

1 cup confetti sprinkles

For the Frosting

4 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

3 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon orange zest

Food coloring, optional but totally fun!

Instructions

Start by sifting your flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl and set this aside. Next in another blow beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs to the butter and sugar one at a time beating each in, lastly add the almond extract. Now combined you wet and dry ingredients, start by adding a third of the dry to the wet and mix together. Then add some of the butter milk and mix, continue alternating wet and dry until all the ingredients are combined.
DSC08448 Lastly add your sprinkles and fold them in with a spatula.

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Butter and flour three 9 inch cake pans, here’s a tip take a few extra minutes and cut out parchment paper for the bottom of your pans I’ve had problems getting this cake out before but with the parchment it’s no problem at all 😉

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Bake the cakes at 350º for 30 to 35 minutes.

 Now for the frosting, simply whip the butter and powder sugar together with the vanilla extract and orange zest add some fun food coloring and it’s read to use.

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Wait until your cakes are cooled completely before you start frosting them! 😉

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I’ll be posting pictures of the twins birthday party soon so keep in touch! 😉

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