Sprinkle Cake

Sprinkle Cake

This classic birthday treat is three layers of rainbow-sprinkled vanilla cake and fluffy buttercream.

Sprinkle Cake

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the pans
  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup ice-cold water
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup sprinkles (assorted colors)
  • 3 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream For Sprinkle Cake (recipe follows)
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups sprinkles, for decorating

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter three 8-inch round cake pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper, and butter the parchment. Dust with flour and knock out the excess flour.

Whisk together both flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and shortening on medium speed until creamy, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add sugar and vanilla, and beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of bowl, add egg, and beat until just combined.

In a small bowl, whisk together ice-cold water, milk, and buttermilk.

With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the water mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. With the mixer on medium speed, beat for a few seconds to incorporate. Remove the bowl from stand mixer, scatter the sprinkles across the top of the batter, and fold them in with a rubber spatula.

In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar just until soft peaks form, do not overbeat. Gently fold egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes. Invert the cakes onto the rack, remove from the pans, and let cool completely. Remove the parchment.

Place one cooled cake layer on a cake turntable (or a serving platter if you don’t have a cake turntable). Using a serrated knife, trim the top of the cake to create a flat surface, and evenly spread about 1 cup of buttercream over the top. Add the next layer, trim it, and frost it as before, then add the third layer (trim the final layer for a completely flat top, or feel free to leave it domed for an old-school appearance).

Place the turntable on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Frost the sides and top with the remaining buttercream. Grab a fistful of sprinkles and turn the turntable with your free hand while tossing the sprinkles at the sides of the cake. Using the sprinkles that are on the parchment (sprinkles that didn’t stick), continue turning and throwing until the cake (including the top) is covered in sprinkles. Chill the cake for about 5 minutes to set before serving.

Makes one (8-Inch) three-layer cake; 10 to 12 servings.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream for Sprinkle Cake

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cups Domino® Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 pound plus 6 tablespoons (4 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Combine egg whites, sugar, and salt in the heatproof bowl of a standing mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly by hand until mixture is warm to the touch and sugar has dissolved (the mixture should feel completely smooth when rubbed between your fingertips).

Attach the bowl to the mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Starting on low and gradually increasing to medium-high speed, whisk until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Continue mixing until the mixture is fluffy and glossy, and completely cool (test by touching the bottom of the bowl), about 10 minutes.

With mixer on medium-low speed, add the butter a few tablespoons at a time, mixing well after each addition. Once all butter has been added, whisk in vanilla. Switch to the paddle attachment, and continue beating on low speed until all air bubbles are eliminated, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl with a flexible spatula, and continue beating until the frosting is completely smooth. Keep buttercream at room temperature if using the same day.

Makes 6 1/2 cups.

Cook’s Note: This cake will keep in a cake saver refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature for at least 2 hours before serving.

Recipe as featured on Martha Bakes.

Sprinkle Cake