The funfetti cake is one of the most classic cakes to ever be consumed. The cake is so much fun it must be made available for vegans! Here is the perfect recipe for them.
Vegan Rainbow Funfetti Confetti Cake
A funfetti cake is one of the most classic cakes to ever be consumed. This cake might not be well known in India or a Healthy snack, but it has been in the making in countries including the United States of America and many others.
Let us first understand what it is and how did it come into existence
What exactly is a funfetti cake?
In the year 1989, it was The Pillsbury Company who created this funfetti cake which they had trademarked as their own. Also known as confetti cake and sprinkle cake, this cake became very famous as soon as it hit the market.
The base of the cake used for a funfetti cake is usually white and not the traditional yellow colour. This white colour makes this cake all the more reminiscent for a lot of cake lovers. Moreover, this cake reminds most of us of the box cakes we can find in the market today.
To make the perfect funfetti cake it is important to get the batter correct. The batter of this cake should not be too runny or too thick. Runny batter will not hold the sprinkles in place and make them settle down to the bottom of the pan. This defeats the whole purpose of a funfetti cake.
Having a very thick batter will result in the cake looking alright but the texture will not be as spongy and moist as it is supposed to be. The consistency of the batter for this cake should be right in between.
How to bake a traditional funfetti cake ?
The ingredients used in a traditional funfetti cake are as follows:
For the cake we need,
Unsalted butter to add the richness and fat a cake needs. It is used because when it is mixed with sugar its colour becomes lighter and more white which is what we need in a funfetti cake.
Granulated sugar is used to add moisture and sweetness to the cake.
Egg whites are used for their protein content to maintain the structure of the cake. It also adds to the whiteness which is needed and making a funfetti cake.
Cake flour which has relatively low protein than all-purpose flour is used to make a light and fluffy cake.
Baking powder is used to help the cake rise and acts as a leavening agent.
A pinch of salt to balance the sweetness of all the sugar that is added.
A mix of buttermilk and sour cream adds to the moisture and makes the cake a lot more rich and acidic enough to get a soft cake crumb.
Vanilla extract is used to mask the smell of eggs and make the cake smell like a birthday cake
Sprinkles are the most important addition to this cake without which the funfetti cake is not fun or confetti at all. Make sure to use confetti sprinkles which are big so that they do not bleed into the cake and look great once the cake is cut.
How to make buttercream for funfetti cake ?
For the buttercream we need
Unsalted butter is used to add richness to the cream making the frosting fluffy when mixed with powdered sugar.
Powdered sugar is used to add sweetness to the cream and help it thicken up.
Salt to balance the sweetness from the sugar
A few drops of vanilla extract to give it the flavour and smell of vanilla
Milk is to be added only if you want to make the whipped cream a little more runny to form a spread instead of piping through a bag.
Food colouring and sprinkles can be added if you want to. Since the funfetti cake in itself is so colourful, having a white frosting will also make the cake look fabulous.
These are the ingredients that are used for the traditional funfetti cake. Ingredients like the healthy peanut buttercan also be incorporated for a more nutty flavour.
Simple steps to bake vegan funfetti cake
But here, we are trying to make a vegan funfetti cake that is appropriate for those who are not only vegan but also who love their food to be gluten-free.
For the cake you need
Almond milk is used as a replacement for eggs or milk in the traditional funfetti cake recipe.
Vegan butter is used in place of unsalted white butter. This butter might be a little yellow but we can compromise on the colour if we want to have a vegan cake!
Sugar is added to maintain the moisture of the cake and add to the sweetness.
Baking soda and baking powderare used to help the cake rise.
Vanilla extractis used to provide the flavour and aroma of vanilla to the funfetti cake even if it is vegan.
Gluten-free all-purpose flour is a necessity to be used in a vegan and gluten-free funfetti cake. You can use normal all-purpose flour if you are not someone who is looking for a gluten-free recipe but only a vegan one.
Vegan rainbow sprinkles to make sure that your funfetti cake looks like funfetti and not just normal vanilla cake.
How to make vanilla icing for vegan funfetti cake ?
For the vanilla icing, you need
Powdered sugar to add to the sweetness and give a whipped texture when added to the butter.
Vegan butter when mixed with powdered sugar will give a whipped cream which can be converted into icing very easily.
Almond milk when added to the whipped cream made of butter and powdered sugar, gives it a more runny consistency, turning it into vanilla icing instead of vanilla frosting.
Vanilla extract is added to give the icing the well-known vanilla taste and aroma.
How to make cream cheese frosting for vegan funfetti cake ?
For a cream cheese frosting, you need
Powdered sugar, vegan butter, vegan cream cheese: When the three added together and mix thoroughly without overbeating the whole mixture, you will get a beautiful cream cheese frosting that is completely vegan.
You can also make your vegan funfetti cake taste all the more heavenly with the addition of Mustin peanut butter. Available in a variety of flavours, this is sure to enhance the taste of the cake.
Make sure to preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Take a mixing bowl that is large enough to mix almond milk, melted butter, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and vanilla. Once all of this is combined, mix in the flour and beat it thoroughly. Once the batter is formed, fold in the sprinkles very gently so that you do not over mix the batter. Pour the batter into a loaf pan or a round pan as per your requirement.
For a loaf pan, keep the cake in the oven for about 45 minutes or until the top turns golden brown. For the round pan, start baking the cake for about 30 minutes and then continue cooking it for some time if and when required.
When the cake has gone for baking, start blending the ingredients of the icing. You can either coat your cake with this frosting while it's warm or waits for the cake to cool down and then decorate it according to your wish. You can garnish the cake with the sprinkles on top and voila your cake is ready.