Classic Birthday Cake

 
yield12 portions

For a festive occasion, few treats can match the celebratory spirit of a classic birthday cake—and this easy-to-follow formula is the only one you’ll ever need. Our birthday cake recipe yields two dense layers of buttery, vanilla-forward white cake wrapped in classically rich buttercream frosting. For the signature, picture perfect birthday cake look, don’t forget to garnish your frosted cake with rainbow sprinkles. You can also stir a handful of colored sprinkles right into the cake batter to create a funfetti effect.

What you will need

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup (8 oz.) unsalted butter, softened

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 3/4 cups (about 11 3/4 oz.) all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup whole buttermilk

2 cups (16 oz.) unsalted butter, softened

4 cups (about 16 oz.) powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Rainbow candy sprinkles

(Nutritional facts 451 calories, 19.26 g fat, 67.54 g carbohydrates, 3.91 g protein, 202 mg cholesterol, 235 mg sodium)

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