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My family loves cake. For a special occasion, add some sprinkles to the batter and, voila, a white cake is transformed into a Festive Confetti Layer Cake! 

Funfetti Cake on a ruffled white cake stand

Festive Confetti Layer Cake

This festive Confetti Layer Cake is the epitome of a celebratory dessert. With rainbow sprinkles in the batter and donning the frosting, this stacked layer cake shouts “PARTY!” Each component of this exquisite cake was noteworthy.

From the dense delicious vanilla layers spiked with sprinkles to the vanilla syrup which ensured the cake stayed moist to the irresistible vanilla malt buttercream. I was especially partial to this icing which will be used to frost many cakes to come. The family totally ignored my other baked goods and ate and ate until this Funfetti Cake disappeared. I have a feeling I’ll be making it again for family birthdays!

Festive Confetti Layer Cake with a wedge removed

Cake Magic!

Cake Magic!is a new, innovative cake cookbook by Caroline Wright with over 100 mix and match recipes. Highly visual, you’ll love flipping through the pages to decide which cake you’ll want to bake up first. It’s not an easy decision, I know! Included are cake recipes, flavoring syrup recipes, frosting recipes as well as ideas for garnishes. 

Suggestions are made for creating everyday magic with over 100 combinations. My Confetti Layer Cake, for example, was made from the Vanilla Cake with the addition of rainbow sprinkles, Vanilla Syrup, AND Malted Vanilla Frosting! The result was one outstanding, irresistible cake. I got carried away sampling the dreamy frosting, and my tiny sliver to taste test after dinner became about 12 slivers! My family was just as enamored.

They’ve already requested the Best Blackout Cake and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, while I’m partial to the Caramel Apple Cake and Coconut Cloud Cake. There are also adjustments noted for baking times if you’d prefer to bake a Bundt cake, 9 x 13-inch cake or cupcakes.  Also, note that each recipe starts with a 5-ingredient homemade cake mix. 

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Festive Confetti Layer Cake

Festive Confetti Layer Cake

For a special occasion, add some sprinkles to a white cake batter and, voila, it's transformed into a Festive Confetti Layer Cake!

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield 10 servings


For the Cake Magic Cake Mix:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For turning it into Confetti Cake:

  • Unsalted butter, at room temperature, for greasing the pans
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting the pans
  • 4 cups dry Cake Magic! Cake Mix, whisked well before measuring
  • 3/4 cup full-fat plain yogurt (preferably not Greek yogurt)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled, or 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

For the Vanilla Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

For the Malted Vanilla Frosting:

  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup malted milk powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups (one 16-ounce box) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter the bottom and sides of two 8-inch, round cake pans. Dust with flour to coat, then invert and tap out any excess. (If making cupcakes, use liners instead of greasing and coating the tins.)
  2. Place all of the dry cake mix ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together well to combine.
  3. Stir in the yogurt, butter, water, vanilla, and eggs until moistened and no lumps remain (be careful not to overmix). Stir ½ cup rainbow sprinkles into the batter. Divide the batter between the prepared pans.
  4. Bake until the layers are domed and golden brown, and a few moist crumbs cling to a skewer inserted in the center of the cake, 35 to 40 minutes (40 to 50 minutes for a Bundt, 25 to 30 minutes for a 13 by 9-inch cake, and 20 to 25 minutes for cupcakes).
  5. While the cake is baking, prepare the syrup. Combine the sugar, water, and salt in a small saucepan, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for about 5 minutes. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat. Pour syrup over the cake when it’s warm or let it stand, covered, until it reaches room temperature.
  6. After removing the cake layers from the oven, pierce them (still in the pans) at 1-inch intervals with a skewer or paring knife. Pour or brush the syrup over the layers, dividing it evenly. Set the layers aside, in the pans, on a wire rack to cool completely. (The syrup will soak into the cakes.)
  7. When the cakes are cool and no longer wet to the touch, 1 to 2 hours, make the frosting: Combine the butter, malted milk powder, salt and 2 cups of the sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the remaining sugar and beat on medium speed until the frosting is pale and no longer grainy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until the frosting is very light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  8. Run a knife, or an offset spatula, around the edge of one of the cake layers to loosen it. (Turn the layers out of their pans 1 by 1, as you frost them.) Place the layer on a cake plate with strips of waxed, or parchment, paper underneath; these will catch any drips and keep your cake plate clean. Spread the layer with about a third of the frosting on top.
  9. Frost the rest. Run a knife, or an offset spatula, around the edge of the remaining cake layer. Invert it onto the frosted layer. Frost the sides and top of the cake with the remaining frosting.


Reprinted with permission from Workman Publishing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1133Total Fat: 75gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 39gCholesterol: 201mgSodium: 467mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 2gSugar: 65gProtein: 10g


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53 comments on “Festive Confetti Layer Cake”

  1. The cake looks beautiful, so simple yet gorgeous. Sprinkles make everything better 🙂

  2. When I saw this cake it immediately made my day! So colorful and delicious!

  3. Such a beautiful cake and I love the versatility of the recipes in this cookbook!

  4. What a gorgeous and festive cake!

  5. My birthday is Monday so I’d bake myself my own birthday cake!

  6. I love that you called this cookbook “Highly visual” because that’s exactly what I like in a cookbook!

  7. What a great concept for a cookbook! I would need #cakemagic to make a cake that looks this gorgeous, so I hope I win 😉

  8. Looks amazing!

  9. This looks so yummy! Cant wait to try!

  10. YOUUUUUU Liz are TOTALLY teasing me with this!!! UGH omg, I wanttttt it! Looks so so so so so good!

  11. The confetti cake looks amazing !

  12. Sprinkles make everything better! What a beautiful cake! I’m drooling. <3

  13. My kid’s birthday is tomorrow. Zoe would have loved this cake! Anything sprinkles or rainbow or confetti-this one has her number! Love the sound of this book. Can’t wait to see more of the cakes on your blog!

  14. Such a fun and colourful layered cake!

  15. My son would love this! He’s a huge sprinkle fan. I will be trying this!

  16. Liz, this cake is gorgeous! I would love to make this for my clients!

  17. Looks great, Liz! And I bet it’s delicious!

  18. This cake has my name all over it. I have an abundance of sprinkles in my house from an event and this cake will work perfect. Looks like a fun cake week.

  19. I am craving a slice of this Confetti Cake! So pretty!

  20. This cake looks amazing and the cookbook sounds so fun!

  21. Looks so good!! I’d make a cake out of this book for my kids birthday!!!

  22. I’d bake a cake to celebrate fall

  23. Gorgeous, Liz! So festive and your layers are perfection!

  24. This is creative! Kids will love this!

  25. What a fantastic treat for both eyes and tongue. I wouldn’t mind to eat it for breakfast! 🙂

  26. I love cake, but hardly ever have a chance to make it. This cake looks so fun!!!

  27. That is just the perfect slice of celebration right there! My kids would love this cake!

  28. What a terrific looking cake! Just gorgeous. And I’ll bet it tastes better than it looks. You’ve outdone yourself with this — thanks! Oh, and save a slice for me! 🙂

  29. Oh boy this looks delicious! And I think I need to check out this cookbook too 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  30. What a gorgeous cake! I don’t think you can ever have too many sprinkles OR cake.

  31. How perfect! I took the quiz and this was my perfect cake! 🙂

  32. Liz I love confetti cakes but honestly have never made one – I really need to! They bring a smile on my face every time I see one. I bet it tastes great too!

  33. This is such a fun cake! I can’t wait to make it for my next party!

  34. This cake looks SO SO SO good!! I can’t wait to try it…I am one of the few defective humans walking the planet who is not crazy about chocolate, and am always on the hunt for interesting and tasty things to do that are non-chocolate dessert treats. I think she may have hit it out of the park with this one! Who can resist sprinkles, anyway?!

  35. I have not made a cake in years and this one sure screams fun. Love all the color. Very nice LIz!

  36. We love cake too. Looks like a fun book. Thanks.

  37. I want to make this cake. I also want this book. It looks like something that fits in with my household.

  38. Such a fun cake. It’s beautiful!

  39. I might make a cake for my husband’s birthday or before that. HA!

    Thanks for the chance to enter and possibly win.

  40. Sounds like a good cookbook for lovely ideas. Your cake is gorgeous…so clever!

  41. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it.

  42. I’m looking forward to making this cake. The vanilla syrup and the Vanilla Malted Icing sounds enticing.

  43. Love this confetti cake Lizzy look amazing and beautiful 🙂
    Love it!!

  44. Wow, this is like a fairytale on a plate, love it! Must be yummy:)

  45. The special occasion that I would make magical, with a recipe from the Cake Magic! cookbook, is my mom’s 65th birthday. The Vanilla Cake or this Confetti Cake recipe would be perfect.

  46. I would bake this cake for my son & daughter-in-law’s up coming anniversary.

  47. Do I need a special occasion to make cakes? I don’t think so! ☺️ However, with kids’ school starting soon, I will make one to celebrate that! Thanks for the giveaway!

  48. Love to win this cookbook 😊 And the funfetti vanilla cake may be perfect for my great-niece’s 1st birthday!

  49. Wow, this is gorgeous! Definitely a party on a plate 🙂 And MALTED vanilla frosting??!! Sounds just dreamy, Liz. YUM!

  50. this cake is just pure…HAPPINESS 🙂

  51. I wouldn’t need a special occasion for this cake I would make it just because and then make it again.

  52. Wow! This cookbook is awesome. Glad someone finally did it. I would love to have my nephews over and have them customize mini cakes! (The vanilla malted frosting sounds sooooo good!)

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