Funfetti Birthday Cake

Funfetti Cake

When it came to deciding what kind of cake I wanted for my 25th birthday, I knew I wanted something fun. What kind of cake is more fun than funfetti? If you know of one, please let me know because I’m all about baking fun cakes!

I made this funfetti cake even more fun by topping it with a HUGE sparkler candle {buy it here}.

Funfetti Cake

1 and 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla; or greek yogurt; or sour cream)
3/4 cup milk (cow’s milk; or soy milk; or almond milk)
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup sprinkles (not nonpareils)

Vanilla Buttercream
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3-4 cups powdered (confectioners’) sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
salt, as needed

Funfetti Cake

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9-inch baking pan generously with nonstick spray. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in the sugars vigorously getting out any brown sugar lumps – mixture will be gritty. Whisk in egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Slowly stir in sprinkles, but do not overmix because the sprinkles will bleed their color.

Spoon batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Cover loosely with aluminum foil (loosely to avoid the top from sticking to the foil). Bake for 13-17 more minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.

To make the frosting, beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if mixture is too thick. Add 1/4 teaspoon (or more) if frosting is too sweet. Frost cooled cake as desired and top with sprinkles.

Cake stays fresh covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 5 days.

For the layered cake look, like mine, simply double the cake and frosting recipe.

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Funfetti Cake

Golden Birthday Highlights

Golden Birthday Highlights
What party is complete without a serve yourself champagne bar? Of course it wouldn’t be perfect without some juice {orange and grapefruit} and St. Germaine for an amazing champagne cocktail!

This past Saturday, I hosted a quick brunch/lunch for my 25th birthday before we headed to the race tracks! Everyone met up at my apartment around 11:30, so we would have an hour to enjoy some tasty treats, cake and a few cocktails before the party bus arrived to whisk us away to Santa Anita! It’s been awhile since I hosted a brunch and the first time at our new apartment, but with a little quick furniture rearranging, we were back in party hosting business!

As always it was challenging to get pictures of every single item before our guests devoured them, but here are some of my favorites:

Golden Birthday Highlights
A festive funfetti cake and the adorable chalkboard birthday message my roommate left me to celebrate my 25th!

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Obsessed Much {Birthday Edition}

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My birthday party was this past Saturday– don’t worry highlights coming soon! I’m lucky enough to have such generous friends, just having them at my party was gift enough, but I have to admit, I’m pretty obsessed with these gifts.  My little sister gifted me the most beautiful personalized Erin Condren planner.  I have been eyeing this pretty little thing since January.  My best friend has a knack for floral design and gifted me the most gorgeous hydrangea and belles of ireland bouquet.  I seriously have the best friends- who know I’ve been dying and saving for my first pair of loubs- thanks to numerous gift cards- they’re on my next shopping list.  What birthday is complete without a bottle of fancy champagne?  Last but certainly not least, Bill gifted me the most gorgeous aquamarine {my birthstone} ring!  The link is to a similar version, but he actually designed the ring himself, with the help of his coworker and jeweler friend.  I couldn’t have asked for a more fantastic birthday or better gifts.

Thank you to my best friends for the perfect golden birthday celebration!

Thai Basil Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

More Asian influence this week- what can I say, I love me some Asian flavors! This next recipe is a quick meal for a week night, plus leftovers for lunch the next day! For more variety, I might opt for some hearty quinoa or brown rice instead of the rice noodles.  It’s super easy to customize this recipe with whatever you have in the fridge and trick yourself into eating a few more vegetables in a single meal.

4 oz rice noodles
2 medium sized chicken breasts, diced
2½ tablespoons of fish sauce
1 small while onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, sliced
½ of a green bell pepper, sliced
2 green onions, diced
1 cup of loosely packed basil leaves, torn
½ teaspoon Franks hot sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Thai Basil Chicken

Cook 4 ounces of rice noodles according to package directions.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet and add the green peppers and white onion. Cook until slightly tender about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook and an additional minute. Add the diced chicken to the skillet and cook until chicken is no longer pink, about 5-6 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, water, brown sugar, and hot sauce. Add this to the chicken and vegetables. Cook and an additional 3 minutes until the sauce starts to dry out. Add in the diced green onion and torn basil leaves. Cook just until the basil wilts. Serve over rice noodles.

Thai Basil Chicken

A Golden Birthday Preview

As stated by the most common, not always the most intellectual, resource on the interwebs- wikipedia- “a person’s Golden Birthday occurs when they turn the age of their birth day (e.g., when someone born on the 25th of the month turns 25).” This year marks my golden birthday and what better way to celebrate my golden year and my first quarter century on earth than with a GOLD themed birthday party. Last year, I went wine tasting for my birthday, this year I will be renting a party bus and my closest friends will be joining me for a day at the horse races! But before we bus over to the track, I will be serving some snacks and of course some cake- because what’s a birthday without cake, right??

{decor inspiration}

{menu inspiration}

Serve Yourself Champagne Bar
Crostini Bar
Crock Pot Spinach Dip
Crock Pot Pulled Pork Mini Sliders
Funfetti Birthday Cake

Can’t wait to share the final results with you 🙂