Funfetti Doughnut Cake

This funfetti doughnut cake features a layered funfetti cake frosted with coffee buttercream and decorated with baked mini doughnuts. 

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

The secret is out of the bag. I’m currently at Disney World…celebrating my 30th birthday. (follow me on Instagram/Snapchat (username: littleepicurean) for updates!

I have been dreading this birthday. Sure, 30 is just a number. But it means saying goodbye to my 20’s. I’m the kind of person that gets offended when I am not carded at a bar.

My best friend and I joke that we want to be carded until we’re 40. We want to look 30 when we’re 50. Basically, I want to be young foreverrrr. Which probably explains why I chose to celebrate at Disney World.

Funfetti Doughnut Cake

On your 30th birthday (and any birthday for that matter), you shouldn’t have to choose between cake or doughnuts. You CAN have it ALL!

Also included in this cake: lots of confetti, a good helping of whiskey, and a touch of coffee.  This funfetti doughnut cake basically has everything I could ever want in a dessert (minus ice cream. I forgot to add ice cream!).

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

The right thing to do would have been to use REAL fried mini doughnuts. However, it has been way too hot to even try to fry something in my kitchen. These baked doughnuts will have to do.

And obviously, mini baked doughnuts save you a ton of calories. Those calories can be spent elsewhere…like towards a chocolate hazelnut cake or creme brûlée cheesecake.

Yellow Cake with Confetti Sprinkles

The funfetti cake is a simple yellow cake amped up with a ton of confetti sprinkles. When assembling the cake, I soaked each cake layer with a hefty amount of whiskey syrup.

The pretty pink buttercream is whipped with espresso powder. This cake has it all: coffee, doughnuts, cake, and whiskey. What else could a girl ask for?

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

I’ve always photographed on white backgrounds. I like bright, airy, and happy colors. But I’ve recently started experimenting with darker backgrounds.

I really like the contrast of this bright cake against the dark chalkboard. It’s something different and it’s growing on me.

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

The mini doughnuts on the side of the cake are perfect little portion dividers. No guess work in trying to figure out where to slice. Simply slice around the mini doughnut!

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

Even though I’m having fun photographing on dark backgrounds, I couldn’t help sneaking in a couple white shots.

This cake is so vibrant and cheerful looking that I can’t help but accept turning 30. Plus, my parents have convinced me that life gets better with age.

I guess it’s true because each year my parents seem to have more fun than the last, laugh louder than the year before, and all their worries and stresses appear to disappear with time.

Here’s to 30!

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

Funfetti "Coffee & Doughnuts" Cake | the little epicurean

Funfetti Doughnut Cake

Yield: 6-inch cake and 3 dozen mini doughnuts

Author Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

Funfetti Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk, room temp
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup unsalted buter, room temp
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 1/2 cup confetti sprinkles

Whiskey Soaking Syrup:

  • 3 Tablespoon simple syrup
  • 3 Tablesoon whiskey of choice

Coffee Buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 Tablespoon heavy cream, or whole milk
  • pink gel color, as needed

Baked Mini Doughnuts:

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Doughnut Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon dark maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon whole milk
  • confetti sprinkles, as needed

Instructions

Funfetti Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 6-inch round cake pans with parchment. Lightly grease and set aside.

  2. Whisk together cake flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine milk and vanilla. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter. Add sugar and mix until smooth. On low speed, add eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next one. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensuring thorough mixing.

  4. Add a third of flour mixture into mixing bowl. Mix on low speed and add half of vanilla milk mixture. Add another third of flour mixture, following with remaining half of vanilla mix mixture. Add last third of flour mixture and mix until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour. Fold in confetti sprinkles until evenly distributed.

  5. Evenly divide cake batter between the two prepared cake pans. Level cake as needed using a mini offset spatula, or the back of spoon. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 5-7 minutes before unmolding from cake pan. Allow cakes to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Coffee Buttercream:

  1. Cream butter until smooth. Add espresso powder and salt and mix until throughly combined. Add sifted powdered sugar one cup at a time. Follow with heavy cream. Add pink food gel coloring until desired color is achieved. 

    *If buttercream is too thin, add additional powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time until desired consistency is achieved. If buttercream is too thick, add heavy cream 1/2 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is achieved.

Baked Mini Doughnuts:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease mini doughnut pan and set aside.

  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  3.  In a large bowl, beat together sugar and egg until thick and light in color. Add dry ingredients to sugar egg mixture. Mix until combined.

  4. Whisk together oil, milk, and vanilla. Add to batter in two additions until incorporated. Let batter stand for 3-5 minutes to slightly thicken.

  5. Transfer batter to pastry piping bag. Pipe batter into prepared doughnut pan filling each mold about half full. Alternatively, spoon batter into doughnut pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool in pan for 2 minutes before unmolding. Let cool on wire rack until ready to decorate.

Doughnut Glaze:

  1. Combine confectioners sugar, maple syrup, and milk. Stir until smooth. Dip one side of cooled mini doughnut into glaze. Immediately top with confetti sprinkles. Place glazed doughnut on wire rack and allow glaze to set.

Assembly:

  1. Slice each funfetti cake in two layers. You should end up with four layers of cake. Place one layer on a cake stand or a cake plate.

  2. Combine simple syrup and whiskey. Lightly moisten the cake layer with syrup using a pastry brush.

  3. Spread a thin layer of coffee buttercream over moistened cake. Place another cake layer on top. Moisten with syrup and top with frosting. Repeat until you finish with the top layer. Crumb coat the cake by spreading a thin layer of buttercream on the sides of the cake. Place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to allow buttercream to slightly harden.

  4. Meanwhile, dip doughnuts in glaze and top with sprinkles.

  5. Coat the cake in another thin layer of buttercream. Garnish the top of the cake with confetti sprinkles. Arrange glazed doughnuts around the bottom of the cake. Use remaining buttercream to help doughnuts stick to cake. Keep cake stored in the fridge until ready to serve. Let cake sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow cake to soften.

Recipe Notes

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Tina @ Just Putzing Around the Kitchen

Happy birthday!!!!! Hope you’re having an amazing time at Disney. This cake looks amazing (duh)!

Maria Rivera

Happy Birthday Maryanne and have a great time in Disney. Your are a beautiful girl don’t worry about age. If you see my profile photo I was 62 in that photo. You still looks in your twenties.

Heather | Delicious Not Gorgeous

Happy birthday!! This cake looks and sounds so whimsical to me, and it seems like it fits perfectly with the fact that you’re at WDW.

Amy @ Thoroughly Nourished Life

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
What a beautiful cake! This one definitely screams celebration! And what a great birthday to celebrate! My Mum always reminds me that getting older is better than the alternative…a bit morbid, but certainly motivating.
Sounds like you are keeping your childish spirit alive, and that’s the most important thing :)
Have a great time at DisneyLand! I hope you get to ride every ride, eat all the cotton candy, and get your photo with a magical creature or two!

Kennedy [email protected] Kcole's Creative Corner

YUM- is all I can say! ;) This looks so decadent and delicious! Words simply cannot do justice to this cake. LOVE this recipe! :D

Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

Happy birthday, birthday twin!! I’ve been following your trip on snapchat and its looks like so much fun!!!! Please have a butterbeer for me! This cake looks so good. I love the ring of doughnuts. That should be mandatory in every birthday cake!

Lokness @ The Missing Lokness

Happy Birthday, girl!!! Love that you made this festive cake for your birthday! I’m going to be 30 in a few months too! Have lots of fun in Disney World! ;)

Natalie @ Obsessive Cooking Disorder

OMG that is SO cute! I love the mini doughnuts! <3

katie @ butterlust

Happy Belated Birthday!! Hope the trip was fabulous and you’re right, 30 is just a number! This cake, tho! I’m in love <3<3<3!! Loving the dark background, too!

Tori

Can’t wait to make this for a birthday this month! One question, you have sugar being used twice in the mini doughnuts recipe (once in the dry ingredients and once the cream the eggs), but there’s no sugar included in the ingredient list for that specific component. How much should I be using for each of these? Thanks!

Maryanne Cabrera

Hi Tori! Thank you so much for catching that! I have updated the recipe. The mini doughnuts needs 3/4 cup sugar that will be mixed with the egg.

Celine

Hi! This is such a wonderful cake and I want to make it for my friend’s birthday but I only have 8″ and 9″ pans, how do I adjust this recipe for that?

    Maryanne Cabrera

    Divide the batter between two 8-inch pans and reduce the baking time. Check on the cakes after 20 minutes of baking. It should take 20-25 minutes to bake.

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