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Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

June 24, 2022
A fun, festive way to celebrate a Birthday, celebration, or occasion is with this Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream. This easy to whip together layered cake is a sure crowd pleaser and is the best thing for vanilla lovers.

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

This Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream is a healthier option to your classic childhood favorite—funfetti!. Not only is it completely moist and fluffy, but it’s also loaded with sweet little rainbow sprinkles that when paired with this airy vegan vanilla buttercream, they all work amazingly together to make the perfect sweet treat. A definite crowd-pleasing cake for any occasion, especially for Birthdays. Gluten-Free option.

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Previously, I made this Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream for my 30th Birthday, but I wanted to remake it, perfect it, and honor it for my now 33rd Birthday. Insane to know that 3 whole years has passed since I made this. 

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Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

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Remain consistent even when everything says that it’s not going anywhere. Something will happen when it’s time. WORK THAT THING!

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From doing the necessary work that is required to letting go of toxic relationships + environments to making minor tweaks to a healthier lifestyle; all 8 habits and practices are sure to help you be the best version of yourself that you possibly can.

How to Make the Perfect Vegan Vanilla Buttercream

  • 5 cups organic powdered sugar
  • 1 cup vegan butter, softened at room temp.
  • 1-2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsps Almond milk

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

How to Make Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

This cake as I’ve mentioned before is super easy to whip together and doesn’t require anything special when it comes to ingredients. All you need to whip up this simple Vegan Funfetti Cake batter is:

  • All-purpose flour. I use organic flour from Bob’s Red Mill. You can also use cake flour instead.
  • Baking powder for leavening.
  • Baking soda for leavening.
  • Cane sugar. I use organic sugar.
  • Vegan Butter. I recommend melting your vegan butter for baking.
  • Vanilla. This adds a nice vanilla flavor.
  • Buttermilk. You can use Almond milk (or your fave plant-based milk) + 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar.
  • Rainbow sprinkles. Ensure that these are vegan-friendly.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE VEGAN FUNFETTI CAKE WITH VANILLA BUTTERCREAM:

  • It’s SUPER fluffy + moist.
  • So easy to whip together.
  • Only requires ONE bowl! No stand-mixer needed for cake!
  • Perfectly sweet.
  • Loaded with sprinkles.
  • Topped with a delicious fluffy buttercream.
  • Entirely dairy-free + vegan. Gluten-free option available!
  • Make for the perfect Birthday or celebratory sweet treat.
  • WARNING: Highly Addictive!

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Cake Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour.

When it comes to the main ingredient of this entire recipe—-the flour, I enjoy using Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, which is ideal for all kinds of baking, including this one.

However, I do occasionally use Super-Fine Cake Flour which adds a nice airiness and fluffiness to your cakes as well.

Can I Make this Cake Gluten-Free?

If you would love to make this cake gluten-free, then substituting all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour is the easiest option. It’s a special blend of gluten-free flours, starches, and xanthan gum, which makes this cake just as soft, fluffy, and airy as the original! They also have a great All-purpose GF flour that works great as well.

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Tips For Making The Perfect Cake

TIP #1: Another thing that I’ve learned about baking a cake is having the right tools. As a basic—-you should have a cake stand (preferably one that has a turnstile table), spatulas (big + small), piping bags + tips, correct baking pans and parchment paper.

TIP #2: One of the essential ingredient combos for a light, silky cake texture is baking soda/baking powder and acid ingredient (usually apple cider vinegar + plant-based milk for vegan cakes). When acid and baking soda/baking powder reacts, it creates bubbles and helps to create a nice rise for your baked goods, leaving an airy texture.

TIP #3: One of my latest tricks to a perfect cake has been to ensure that ALL of my dry ingredients are sifted. Trust me, ya’ll—-this works! Making all the dry ingredients fully sifted makes things airy, as you’ve guessed it and allows everything to combine faster.

TIP #4: Never Over-mix! When creating a cake, it’s so important to add the dry ingredients and wet ingredients alternately and as soon as everything is combined very well, THAT’S IT! Over-mixing creates a more dense cake.

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Assembling the Cake

Before you frost your cake, you’ll need to trim it. Use a long serrated knife (or cake slicer) to slice the thin crust layer off the top of each cake to make a flat surface.

Next, place the first cake layer on a cake stand and evenly cover the top with buttercream. Now, place the with second layer on top and evenly cover the top with buttercream. You can add more layers if you like too!

Once your cake is fully stacked, spread the remaining vanilla buttercream over the cake and down the sides.

Tip: Make things a bit easier by spreading a very thin layer of buttercream over the cake and chilling it for 30 minutes before adding the remaining buttercream.

Once fully frosted, garnish your masterpiece with bits of cake crumble from any discarded cake, rainbow sprinkles, etc. as desired. Slice and enjoy!

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

How to Store Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Keep cake leftovers stored for up to 4-5 days in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container to keep the cake from drying out. You can also freeze the cake tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 months. Before serving, defrost the cake on the counter.

Can I Make Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes?

Sure! To turn this cake recipe into individual cupcakes, simply divide the batter between about 30 cupcake wells. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the centers are set. I also have an actual recipe here for Vegan Funfetti Cupcakes.

CAN THIS CAKE BE MADE AHEAD?

Absolutely! You can always bake this cake the night or day before and let it cool, tightly wrap, and refrigerate until ready to use. The frosting/buttercream can also be made prior and tightly wrapped and stored in the fridge as well. When ready to serve, let cake sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to an hour, frost, and enjoy!

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

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Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Vegan Funfetti Cake + Vanilla Buttercream

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves: 8 servings
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Ingredients

CAKE:

  • 4 cups organic all-purpose flour (See Notes!)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cups Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegan butter, melted (See Notes!)
  • 1-2 Tbsps vanilla extract
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles, vegan-friendly

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:

  • 5 cups organic powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup vegan butter, softened at room temp.
  • 1-2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 3-4 Tbsps Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk)

TOPPING:

  • Rainbow sprinkles, vegan-friendly

Instructions

TO MAKE THE CAKE:

  • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease (with vegan butter) AND line with parchment paper the bottoms of TWO 9-inch or 8-inch cake pans (for thicker layers) or THREE 6-inch cake pans.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the milk and apple cider vinegar and set aside for 5-10 minutes until everything "activates" to create the dairy-free "buttermilk".
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  • In a bowl, add the milk-acv mixture, melted vegan butter, sugar, and using a hand-held mixer (on high-speed), mix everything together until combined and the mixture becomes wet.
  • On low-speed, add in the dry ingredients and continue mixing until the batter is combined, smooth, and thick, about 3-4 minutes.  NOTE: The batter should be thick, yet slowly run off the whisk once lifted.
  • Fold in the rainbow sprinkles.
  • Divide the batter evenly into each of the cake pans and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick or butter knife comes out clean when tested in the centers.
  • Remove cakes from the oven and let them rest in the pan for 10 minutes or so before removing the cakes and placing them onto a cooling rack to fully cool. NOTE: Let them cool for at least 1-2 hours in a cool place.

TO MAKE THE VANILLA BUTTERCREAM:

  • Simply beat the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer (or using a hand-mixer) on medium-high speed, until smooth and pale. Add in the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk, continuing to mix on medium-speed until you reach the desired consistency—-smooth and fluffy. NOTE: Add more milk (1 Tbsp at a time if too thick) or powdered sugar (for more thickness).

ASSEMBLY:

  • Place the first cake layer on your cake stand and evenly cover the top with buttercream. Now, top with 2nd layer and add more buttercream atop that layer, spreading it over the tops and sides of cake, evenly and thinly. NOTE: If making a 3-layer, be sure to repeat step 1 of assembly once again before getting to the final layer.
  • Once fully frosted, add small little designs of the buttercream using a piping bag + tip around the sides and top of cake. Chill for 5 minutes to ensure that buttercream sets. Decorate with rainbow sprinkles all around the cake and on the top as desired.
  • When ready to serve, remove from the refrigerator. Slice and enjoy!
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Keep cake leftovers stored for up to 4-5 days in the fridge. Keep it in an airtight container to keep the cake from drying out. You can also freeze the cake tightly wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 3 months. Before serving, defrost the cake on the counter.
  • FLOUR: You can also use cake flour in place of all-purpose flour for a fluffier texture. 
  • FUNFETTI CUPCAKES: This recipe yields about 30 cupcakes. Simply bake for 18-20 minutes instead, until centers come out clean.
  • OIL: Instead of melted vegan butter, you can also use vegetable oil or coconut oil, if preferred.
  • GLUTEN-FREE OPTION: If you would love to make this cake gluten-free, then substituting all-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour is the easiest option. It’s a special blend of gluten-free flours, starches, and xanthan gum, which makes these donuts just as soft, fluffy, and airy as the original! They also have a great All-purpose GF flour that works great as well.
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  1. I really enjoyed this cake. I made it twice, first time I made it as instructed except I added a tbs of vanilla instead of a tsp. I wasn’t a fan of the sprinkles in the cake but that’s just my personal preference. It was a lovely cake. The second time I left out the sprinkles and used 1.5 tbs of vanilla paste and it was so yummy. Made for my sons 5th birthday.

    • Hi Sherry! OMG! I’m so happy that you loved this cake! It’s definitely one of my faves! Thanks so much for choosing my recipe and for sharing! 🙂

    • Hi Alex! Yes, the cupcakes can be frozen for up to 6 months when unfrosted and thawed.:-)

  2. I never read the notes and planned on making 3 8-inch cakes Assuming that the recipe was enough for the cake shown in the picture. After Attempting to fill the 3-8 inch cake pans, I ended up with about an eighth filled of the bottom Of each 8 inch pan, so i made the recipe all over again, and as it turns out doubling the recipe gave me 3-8-inch cakes.

    • Hi Lisa!

      I’m so happy to hear that you were able to remake it and it turned out great! I only triple the ingredients for thicker layers, however, doubling definitely does the trick! I hope that you enjoyed it!

  3. Tried this cake today, taste really good, although it only filled up one 9inch cake pan and not two and a full cup of funfetti is way too much, would cut it by half if i were you.
    Thanks

    • So sorry to hear that it didn’t work out in terms of size! Did you double all of the ingredients? Thanks for your feedback! Truly appreciated! 🙂

      • Do you have to double it to get two layers? Are the ingredients written as-is only for one layer?

      • Hi Stephanie! Yes, they are! I’ve included the amount of times that you would need to add the ingredients in the notes depending on the amount of layers that you are trying to achieve! 🙂

  4. This looks so so beautiful and delicious. I am planning a unicorn themed birthday for my kiddo and this looks perfect for that. Right recipe at the right time!

  5. I love funfetti cake and this one looks amazing! Thanks so much for sharing, and I can’t wait to try it!

    • I have made similar recipes like this before
      The rainbow sprinkles dissolve when added and batter turns purple.
      Any tips or is this normal?

      • Hi JoAnn,

        Honestly, I think that it might depend on the brand of sprinkles. Also, since they are made out of sugar and bleed pretty quickly, I always recommend adding them at THE VERY END and only folding once or twice. This should help!:-)

  6. Thank you for this useful recipe! Vegan is on the rise and I am myself always looking forward to new recipes that give me the option to go vegan. This is a great one. I’ll definitely give it a try for my 3 year old who LOVES frosting!!!! Funfettis are great too!