June is a month filled with birthdays of my close friends. Saturday June 7th, is my dear friend Hosana’s 25th birthday. I decided to bake her a cake from scratch. She is amazing, but also super indecisive, so it seemed natural to bake a funfetti birthday cake! This was my first attempt, and boy, I can’t lie this recipe was time consuming. I was browsing Pinterest for recipes when I found a funfetti birthday cake recipe from blogger Brooklyn Homemaker. He went into SO much detail in his blog post that I could nowhere near try and explain each step as well as he did.
Here is the link to the Funfetti Birthday Cake Recipe, which I followed word for word.
Funfetti Birthday Cake Recipe by BrooklynHomemaker.com –
A few things I did differently than Brooklyn Homemaker included, this cake was a 2 layer rather than 3. I did not have 3 round pans to create a 3 layer so I ended up baking a dozen cupcakes as well as the cake. It was suggested that if you only have 2 pans, to create a 2 layer, since there is leavening agents in the cake mix, it would not be recommended to bake 2 layers then bake the 3rd layer. Everything should go in the oven at once. Also, I did not have parchment paper so I buttered both pans and dusted them with flour. This technique worked okay, but since butter burns, certain of the bottom parts of the cake stuck to the pan. Next time I will definitely use parchment paper. Also, next time I will try and bake a 3 layer. I think Brooklyn Homemaker is right, 3 layers looks more impressive.
After I took cakes out of the oven, I let them cool for a few hours. Mixed up the frosting, put it in a piping bag and started piping the middle filling. Once the middle layer of filling was complete, I evenly stacked the 2nd layer of cake on top. Then, like Brooklyn Homemaker, I put a thin layer of frosting on top of the cake and around the sides, this is called the crumb coat. Put the cake in the fridge for an hour, then removed and did my final layer of frosting. Reminder – this was my first attempt at baking a birthday cake from scratch and I still need to work on my frosting technique. I started from the top and then worked the frosting around the sides of the cake. With my spatula, I rotated the cake plate as I used the tip of the spatula to get an smooth even layer of frosting around the cake. I decorated the top with hearts, using a cookie stencil, and wrote in red glitter icing, some fun words that my friend Hosana and I use often. This was a fun cake to make, and I definitely know I will be making it again. Who doesn’t love funfetti birthday cake from scratch?!