We’re going to take a break from all the regularly scheduled frozen desserts and beach beverages. While there’s so much to love about summer (I’m looking at you, margaritas!), I also completely understand that sometimes you just need a little cake. Maybe some sprinkles, some frosting, and an adorable dessert full of sugary bits of color. Cue these funfetti mini cakes. They’re adorable, simple, and the cutest little mini cakes to make for your kiddos and funfetti-loving friends.
I’ve made different renditions of these funfetti mini cakes for years. For me, the most important thing about anything “funfetti” is the flavor. You absolutely have to have that nostalgic box mix cake flavor. In addition, I really try to come to a balance with the flavors so the cake isn’t overwhelmingly sweet. Admittedly, most funfetti things are insanely sweet, and while my Southern palate doesn’t really mind that, there’s something ultra-pleasing about making a cake that lands somewhere in the middle. With a little salt and a cloud-like whipped frosting, these funfetti mini cakes find that sweet spot (and they look pretty cute in doing so).
Making the Funfetti Mini Cakes
The directions in the recipe below are pretty straight-forward, but there are a few other things you may want to know. First, everyone always asks about my sprinkles. I typically buy the rainbow mix available at most grocery stores, but I also adore using homemade sprinkles or these ones from Amazon. Over the years I’ve found that some varieties of sprinkles bleed really badly. You’ll notice in my photos that it happened a bit with these cakes. Different sprinkles do different things, and honestly, I have no helpful solutions. They’re adorable either way.
The other thing I love about these funfetti mini cakes are their shape! With a traditional mini cupcake pan, the cakes are tapered and wind up a bit skinnier on the bottom than they are on the top. Here, I used mini cheesecake pans with removable bottoms. It makes for easy removal from the pan, AND we wind up with those cutie straight sides. This isn’t for everyone, and if you’re happy with your mini cupcake pan, you should stick with it. But if you’re looking for something different, check out the pans I use at home here.
These frosted little guys are as tasty as they are adorable, and if you have some mini celebrations coming up, this may be the perfect treat to serve. Give them a try and let me know what you think! Don’t worry- we’ll get back to summery stuff next week, but aren’t you glad we took a breather for these mini sprinkle cakes? Me too. Happy Wednesday and happy baking!
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Funfetti Mini Cakes
These funfetti mini cakes are adorable bite-sized treats packed with sprinkles and nostalgic birthday cake flavor!
- Prep Time: 30
- Cook Time: 30
- Total Time: 120
- Yield: 18 Mini Cakes
- Category: Dessert
For the cakes:
- 1 cup (230 gm) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1-1/4 cup (250 gm) sugar
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon clear vanilla extract
- 2 cups (270 gm) cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup rainbow jimmies sprinkles
For the topping:
- ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- Additional sprinkles for decorating, if desired
To make the cakes:
- Preheat the oven (325 for dark pans and 350 for light pans). In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing after each addition to incorporate. Add the vanilla. Stir in the cake flour, baking powder, and salt just until combined and then fold in the sprinkles. Don’t agitate the sprinkles too much some varieties bleed their color. Lightly grease mini muffin or cheesecake tins and fill each cup 2/3 of the way with batter. Bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the pan and then carefully remove each cake to cool completely.
To prepare the filling:
- In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the softened butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and heavy cream and whip on medium speed until fluffy, about 1 minutes. Fill a piping bag with the topping and pipe on top of each cake. Decorate with sprinkles as desired. Enjoy at a cool room temperature but store in the fridge.