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Birthday Cake Recipe

Birthday Cake Recipe

This Birthday Cake recipe yields a moist and festive dessert for your special day! Surprise your guests with your personal touch with this easy recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Birthday Cake
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12 slices
Calories 944 kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


Cake Layers:

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup shortening softened
  • 3 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole milk
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


  • 3 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 3 cups shortening
  • 12 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles


Cake Layers:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Lightly spray 3 9-inch cake pans with baking spray and set aside. For best results, add parchment paper on the bottom and spray with baking spray on top.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir and set aside.
  4. In another large bowl, using a standing mixer, cream the butter, shortening, and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in vanilla extract until combined. Stop a few times to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  5. Gradually beat in ⅓ of the flour mixture until combined. Add the water, buttermilk and oil. Beat to combine.
  6. Beat in another ⅓ of the flour mixture and beat in the milk. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat to combine.
  7. Stir in the sprinkles.
  8. Divide the batter between the prepared 3 cake pans.
  9. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow the cakes to cool completely before assembling.


  1. Using a standing mixer, combine all ingredients except sprinkles and beat until combined, smooth and stiff with peaks. Stop a few times to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  2. If the frosting is not stiff enough, add more powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Add the sprinkles and mix to combine.
  4. Scoop 1 cup of frosting into a piping bag fitted with the star tip and set aside.


  1. Using a cake leveler or a sharp serrated knife, remove the domes from the cakes to level them out.
  2. Fix a cake board onto the cake stand. Add a few tablespoons of frosting onto the board and place one cake layer onto it.
  3. Scoop 1 cup of frosting onto the cake layer and smooth evenly using a spatula.
  4. Place the second cake round onto the top of the frosting, add 1 cup of frosting onto the second cake layer and smooth evenly.
  5. Add the last cake layer, and using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake.
  6. Pipe dollops of frosting onto the top of the cake.
  7. Garnish the sides of the cake with sprinkles and add some on top as well.
  8. Place into the fridge for at least 4-6 hours, to allow the frosting to harden up a bit before slicing.

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Nutrition Facts
Birthday Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 944 Calories from Fat 1413
% Daily Value*
Fat 157g242%
Saturated Fat 68g425%
Cholesterol 261mg87%
Sodium 1210mg53%
Potassium 364mg10%
Carbohydrates 131g44%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 86g96%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 2650IU53%
Calcium 209mg21%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.