A homemade cake is the centerpiece of many birthday celebrations, and for good reason. It’s not just delicious—it’s fun to make and a great way to honor the day someone was born. There are a few important factors to consider when baking a birthday cake, though: the recipe, of course, but also the type and shape of the cake. Then there’s the decorating and icing, which can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Plus, there are the candles, which are a surprisingly long tradition that goes back to Ancient Egypt and Greece.
While it’s easy to understand why we all love the traditional chocolate or carrot cake, the modern birthday dessert craze is built around one specific flavor and element: funfetti. This beloved variety of the classic white cake is flavored with vanilla, made extra festive by sprinkling in or otherwise incorporating rainbow sprinkles and then topped with vanilla buttercream frosting. It’s the perfect birthday treat for anyone who loves a sweet treat with a playful twist.
When choosing a funfetti cake recipe, it’s important to start with a foolproof base. The key ingredient to this easy recipe is buttermilk, which keeps the cake moist and adds a subtle tang that complements the sweetness of the icing. The other essential is oil, which helps to give the cakes their light and fluffy texture. These ingredients come together to create a quick, easy and delicious cake that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
This funfetti cake recipe can be made as a sheet cake or cupcakes and can easily be personalized with custom hand-decorating, including images of the celebrant’s favorite things or a personal message. The cake can be frosted with classic buttercream or royal icing, both of which are easy to make at home and can be purchased pre-made for convenience.
Whether you’re planning a simple, easy and delicious homemade birthday cake for yourself or a loved one, there is no shortage of recipes to choose from. These cakes range from towering layer cakes to one-bowl wonders, all of which are guaranteed to impress your special someone.
When a person’s birthday rolls around, it’s always fun to celebrate the occasion with friends and family and enjoy their company, present them with an array of savory treats and—of course—have them blow out their candles on a delectable cake. But how many people know the history behind this quaint birthday tradition, which goes all the way back to Ancient Egypt and Greece? Learn these surprising and fascinating facts about the happy birthday cake before you dive into your next slice.
This article was originally published in October 2022 and has since been updated.
There are few things that can be as heartwarming as a room full of strangers singing “Happy Birthday to You.” But it’s even more special when the honoree is able to dig into a tasty, homemade birthday treat surrounded by the people who care about them most.