Birthday Confetti Layer Cake

My younger son turned 5 last week and I wanted to make a cake for him that not only looks good but is also a hit with the kids – especially, 5-year-olds.

It didn’t take me long to decide on a cake that’s covered with Confetti or Sprinkles. Nothing makes a kid squeal with joy looking at a cake covered with nothing but colorful confetti.  So here is my kid’s Birthday Confetti Cake.

it’s THE Birthday Cake for kids. Period. And, I wanted to keep it simple. By Simple, I meant –

  • Two white sponge layers sandwiched with heavy frosting
  • Semi-home made (used store-bought frosting)
  • Confetti all over (to hide my amazing frosting skills)

Birthday Confetti Cake

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday CakeI kept it semi-home made by using the store-bought frosting. Pillsbury Sprinkle Frosting to be precise. I baked the sponge cakes from scratch. The frosting was kind of messy and it’s no surprise. The sprinkles were a life saver. They not only hid the imperfect frosting but also made the cake so awesome.

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday Cake

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday CakeMy son stayed up late into the night – waiting patiently, the sponges to cool down so that, he can frost them with me. His most favorite part was to cover the cake (and his mouth) with sprinkles. So, let’s give some credit to the kiddo here! The 5-year old who helped his mom with his own Birthday Cake. How cool is that!

If you are the kind of mom that likes to make their kid’s birthday cakes, this is such a great choice! It’s super easy AND super cute. I mean…who doesn’t love confetti, right?!

Birthday Sprinkle Cake, Confetti Layer Cake, Semi Home made Birthday Cake

If you like some fancy yet extremely delectable special occasion cakes, check out Ras Malai Cream Cake Cardamom Cream Cake


For Cake

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 cup room temperature milk 
  • 6 egg whites 
  • 1 TSP vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 TSP baking powder
  • 1 TSP salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks softened unsalted butter


If you are not time crunched, make your Vanilla Frosting at home. See the method below:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 TSP vanilla essence
  • 1 to 2 TBSP milk

In a medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk. If it’s too thick then add 1 more TBSP of milk.

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by buttering and dusting with flour.
  • Mix milk, egg whites, and vanilla extract until blended.
  • Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. (you can mix with your hands or, use an electric mixer)
  • Add butter, cut into cubes and continue beating on low for about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to flour mixture and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat for about 1 minute.
  • Pour batter evenly between two prepared cake pans.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 27 to 30 minutes.
  • Allow cake to cool to room temperature.


  • Once cakes are cool, place one layer on a cake stand and spread 1 cup of frosting on the cake.
  • Turn the second layer upside down (so the bottom is face up) and gently place it on top of the first layer.
  • Use the remaining frosting to frost the rest of the cake.
  • Gently press confetti into buttercream by using your hands. It’s ok! our hands are going to get dirty and sticky but its worth it. Once the entire cake is covered, remove the parchment.
  • Place the cake in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

NOTE: Slightly adapted from

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Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

122 thoughts

  1. That cake looks wonderful My boys birthdays aren’t until August, but I am bookmarking this because I think they would really like it.


  2. This is pretty much kid and husband heaven! At least my husband would think so. The cake looks delicious, soft and spongy and so colourful. Love it.


  3. This cake is MY kind of cake. I am all about vanilla and ALL about sprinkles! Not only is it pretty, but I bet it tastes like a piece of heaven!


  4. Is there anything better than homemade birthday cake? I usually don’t have the time and energy to make it but I always enjoy it more than store bought. This looks so good!


  5. Sprinkles always make everything so happy, and I am sure your 5 year old loved it! I love the vanilla on vanilla – looks so delicious!


  6. Very cute! That is such a fun birthday cake! We did something similar with a store bought cake that was very plain to start. Definitely a kid pleaser!


  7. I’ve never had a confetti cake before but this looks so yummy. I’d be happy with this at 27, nevermind 5! x


  8. Confetti cakes are the most adorable cakes! And the best part is that they’re easy to make even if you’re not a pro baker! I love this idea! I’m so keeping the recipe!


  9. this came out so pretty! I love a good confetti cake, they are simple and pretty and delicious!!


  10. Yummy Yummy Yummy! homemade confetti cake. I will not lie, I usually just buy birthday cakes because I’m not a baker. But I will try this!

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  11. When I was growing up, my dad and I always made my birthday cakes together. I’m sure your son will savor the memories of working with you in the kitchen, especially as he gets older!

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  12. This looks so fun!! I can’t believe a 5 year old wouldn’t absolutely love it! And I like how you said the sprinkles cover up any flaws in the frosting (perfect for me!!)

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  13. This is a cute idea! You can even use different colored sprinkles for this, depending on the theme of the party. I really like that’s it’s not that difficult to make either.

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  14. That was the cake of my dream when I was a kid! Such a great fun and colorful cake, I’ll keep this recipe for my futur kid:)

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  15. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, it was the star of the party. and you can totally use different sprinkles depending on the theme of the party. The sprinkles are so easy to use as well.


  16. This looks really awesome! I love this trend, people seem to be making anything that’s birthday confetti related and it’s really nice. This cake is so festive.

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  17. Yumm I love sprinkle cake!! I like licking all the spoons from frosting too, thats the best part!!


  18. Can this Confetti cake can be made eggless. If yes, what would be it’s replacement. My daughters’s bday is around the corner so wanted surprise her with this. She is quite fond of sprinkles


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