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funfetti vanilla cake

Funfetti Vanilla Cake With Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Ayushi Gupta-Mehra | The Foodie Diaries
Elevate your next celebration with this light and fluffy vanilla cake speckled with rainbow-hued sprinkles and layered with swirls of chocolate fudge frosting.
Course Dessert
Servings 6 people


For the Vanilla Funfetti Cake

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (if using salted butter, omit adding salt separately)
  • 7 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean (alternatively use 1 tbsp high quality vanilla extract) *
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • cup milk (for best results, use full-fat milk)
  • tbsp yogurt
  • 2½ - 3 tbsp good-quality sprinkles + more for decorating

For the Chocolate Fudge Frosting 

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • cups icing sugar
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp vanilla extract *
  • 2 tbsp milk


Extract the vanilla bean seeds

  • Place the vanilla bean on a cutting board. Use the tip of a paring knife to cut the bean lengthwise, starting from the centre of the bean – that is, split the bean from between. This way, the seeds will be visible.
  • Holding the bean from one end, use the point/ edge of the knife to scrape the vanilla seeds loose from the pod. Make sure to scrape the seeds from both sides of the split bean. Set the scraped vanilla bean seeds aside.
  • Pro tip: instead of discarding the vanilla pod, add it to a jar of brown sugar to infuse it with a natural vanilla flavour and elevate your next cup of coffee!
    Sprig vanilla bean

For the Vanilla Funfetti Cake

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180°C; prepare a 6 inch baking pan with parchment paper, lining and greasing the baking tin well.
  • Beat the butter and sugar together in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and beat again until the mixture is creamy. Now beat in the scraped vanilla bean.
  • Sift the all-purpose flour into a separate bowl. Add the baking powder and salt and give it a good whisk to make sure that the dry ingredients are evenly combined.
  • Add half of the dry ingredients and all of the milk to the wet mixture. Beat on a low speed (with your hand mixer) until evenly combined.
  • Then add the remaining flour along with the yogurt; beat again on a low speed until just combined and the batter is thick and creamy.
  • Add the sprinkles, gently folding them in using a rubber spatula. Don’t over-mix at this stage, as if you do the cake will be more dense and less fluffy.
    classic vanilla funfetti cake
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking tin and smoothen the top. Bake for around 25 – 30 minutes or so until the cake is golden and a toothpick/ knife plunged in the centre will emerge clean. While the cake is cooling down, make the frosting:

For the Chocolate Fudge Frosting

  • Beat the butter and icing sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Then add the cocoa powder, vanilla extract and a splash of milk, beating until the frosting is shiny with a pipe-able/desired consistency. You can add more icing sugar if the frosting is too thin or a pinch more salt if you want to cut the sweetness of the frosting.
  • Once the cake has cooled down slightly, use a large serrated knife to slice the cake into two layers.
  • Place the bottom layer on a serving plate and generously spread the frosting over the top. Now, cover this with the 2nd layer, and evenly spread the remaining frosting over the top and around the sides. Decorate the top with more sprinkles as desired. Pop the cake in the fridge until the frosting sets.
    funfetti vanilla cake.


* I get my vanilla bean pods and Natural Extract of Bourbon Vanilla from Sprig.
*** If you prefer a different frosting, choose between French buttercream, whipped vanilla ganache or even a cream cheese frosting | find the recipes from Foodhall Cookery Studio, shared here.
Keyword chocolate fudge frosting, funfetti vanilla cake