Vanilla Sprinkle Cake – Week 52!!

One year.  The Little Blue Mixer has been around for a year, y’all!  One whole year!  Man oh man.  So much has happened in this year, and I can’t wait to recap it all with you.  But, that will have to wait for next week, because I have something pretty spectacular to share with you this week…. Sprinkle Cake.  Get excited!

I really wanted to make a cake to celebrate one year of blogging, but I had a difficult time choosing which kind to bake.  (Mainly because I had already tried most of the recipes in the book!)  I finally settled on a vanilla cake and paired it with vanilla buttercream, keeping it classic.  I definitely knew how I wanted to decorate the cake, though.  I always get excited when I see sprinkle cakes, so I knew I had to try it out and give it my own special twist!  So, here we go!  Week 52’s baking challenge!

Also, I have something pretty fun I am going to share with you at the end of the post about a giveaway, so stay tuned!

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

In a mixing bowl, I combined flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and then whisked them together.

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

Next, I stirred in the liquids – water, canola oil, milk, & vanilla.

I may have made a bit of a mess in the kitchen during this whole process…

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

The process for this cake is slightly different than most others.  Instead of just mixing in the eggs and sugar, I separated out the egg whites and beat them until soft peaks formed.  Then, I slowly added in the sugar and continued beating until there were stiff peaks.  Taking out the egg yolks makes for a whiter cake, and beating the egg whites adds a light and airy texture, somewhat similar to angle food cake.

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

Once the sugar and eggs were combined, I folded the mixture into the cake batter, poured it in the pans, and put it in the oven to bake.

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

After the cake came out of the oven, I whipped up some vanilla buttercream and then started stacking the cake.

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

As I was filling and stacking the cake, I decided it would be a fun surprise to add a few sprinkles in the middle of the cake!

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

After doing a dirty ice layer on the cake, I let it set in the the fridge for bit and then came back and added the final layer.

Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

To get the sprinkles on the cake, I took a handful of handful at at time and gently rolled them up the side of the cake.  It was a little tricky to get the hang of, but after a few tries I got into a groove.

I did find a few downfalls to decorating a cake like this, though.  One – you have to be quick.  When the icing begins to dry, the sprinkles no longer want to stick to the cake.  Two – since I was using my hands to put the sprinkles on the cake, the icing didn’t keep a nice smooth finish.

Also, the kitchen basically became a sprinkle war zone. 😀

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Sprinkles are definitely worth it though.  I mean, how fun is this?

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Hey, look at all of the color in-between the layers!  Yay!  I was so happy with how the sprinkles in the middle of the cake came out.

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I am cake.  Eat me now.  That’s what this cake says to me.

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SO tasty!  I will be making this recipe again, my friends!Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer Vanilla Sprinkle Cake | the little blue mixer

I want to give a huge shout out to all of my fantastic followers, you have made this year so wonderful.  I have loved hearing from you and getting to know you!  To celebrate a year of baking and say thank you to YOU, I am going to randomly give away a copy of the Better Homes and Gardens cookbook I have been using for The Baking Challenge!!  WOOHOO for free stuff!!  To be entered into the drawing, you just have to do 2 small things:

  1. Click the lovely little “Follow” button on the right side of the blog (if you haven’t already!)
  2. Leave a comment below with either
    • Something you would like to see me bake
    • Your favorite type of post from my year of baking  (cakes, cookies, breads, pastries, etc…)

I will announce the winner next week!  I want to hear from YOU!  And…. GO!

As always, I’ll be over at Fiesta Friday partying with this fun cake!  See you there!

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36 thoughts on “Vanilla Sprinkle Cake – Week 52!!

  1. This cake looks like it is so light! It looks delicious. Something I would like to see you bake would be scones.

  2. This is such a perfect looking cake I wish my layers could be just as perfect as yours and it looks so colourful and festive! Happy FF I’ll be sure to be having a slice or two 😛

  3. Your cake looks so pretty. I hadn’t really thought about taking out the yolks leading to a white cake but I guess it’s obvious enough now I think of it! Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.

  4. This looks like absolute perfection! I’ve never had much luck with cakes, but this looks simple enough that I could handle it, yet pretty enough to impress! I’m pinning this for the next birthday party my kids have!

    • Thank you so much!! You could definitely do this! You just have to not be too nit picky when putting the sprinkles on (like me…) or your icing will dry before you finish! Have fun making it!

    • Thank you!! Haha, I was finding sprinkles for DAYS. All over the kitchen! I got the idea for ‘rolling’ them up the sides from someone on Instagram! Worked pretty well 🙂

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  6. Happy one year blog-anniversary!! This cake looks so simple and beautiful with the smooth clean icing…I don’t remember the last time I used sprinkles but it makes me feel quite nostalgic!

  7. This is a perfect cake for a birthday at any age. I’m going to give it a shot for my son’s girlfriends birthday. Wish me luck!!

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