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yellow birthday cake

Homemade Funfetti Yellow Birthday Cake

A homemade yellow birthday cake with sprinkles and a wonderful vanilla white chocolate glaze. This moist cake was made for special occasions!

Course Cake, Dessert
Keyword yellow birthday cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup 2% plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup  buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup jimmies sprinkles, plus more for the glaze
  • For the glaze:
  • oz white chocolate bar or chips
  • tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 12 cup bundt pan by generous spraying it with nonstick cooking spray (or you can grease it with butter) and dusting it with flour. Tap out any excess flour.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment,  beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. 
  4. Turn the mixer to low speed and add in the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and almond extract mixing until just combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary, add in the yogurt and beat for another minute.
  5. With the mixer still on low speed, alternate adding in the flour and buttermilk mixture to the butter mixture (in two increments); mixing until just combined. 
  6. Once all incorporated, remove paddle attachment and slowly stir in 1/2 cup of sprinkles. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top of it, and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the top is nice and golden brown and the cake tester (or knife) comes out clean with just a few crumbs attached. 

  7. Let the cake cool completely in the bundt pan before flipping it upside down and removing it from the pan. Place cake on serving platter and drizzle with white chocolate glaze (instructions follow). Cut into 12-16 slices a serve with more glaze, if desired!

  8. To make glaze: In a small saucepan over low heat, melt white chocolate. Add in milk and vanilla and continuously stir until the glaze it smooth. If you want a thicker glaze, add in a few tablespoons of powdered sugar. Drizzle over cooled cake.