Do you remember the first time you had funfetti? I do, it was at my mom’s wife apartment (they weren’t married yet) when I was about 6. She had a cat that was named Confederate so I was a little confused when they told me the name of the cupcake I was about to eat. You mean I was going to eat the cat? No just a cupcake? Ok good. The first bite I was hooked, the little balls of candy that just softly crushed as you ate them, like little hunks of soft chocolate, and vanilla flavor it quickly became a favorite. Over the years it has been a fail-proof cake to make from the box, yet as I started to get more comfortable cooking I moved away from box cakes and into homemade cakes. I hadn’t had Funfetti in years, until the boyfriend asked for it for his birthday a few years ago and bought it and made it from the box.
This year for his birthday I wanted to surprise him with the same thing so I went to the store to pick up the mix and to my shock and horror they no longer make Funfetti. They make something they call Funfetti but throwing sprinkles into a cake is not Funfetti. I did a quick google search and found that I was not alone in my displeasure, if I really wanted I could go on ebay and buy the mix and frosting but it was going to cost me over $60 since the demand was so high. Well forget that! So I set out to make my own. I saw a few recipes out there but they weren’t what I was looking for, so I combined a few and came up with my own!
- Extra Large Bag of White Chocolate
- Food Coloring (if you are using natural taste it first! WHO told me this and I almost ruined this cake with curry flavored chips)
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 8oz Cream Cheese
- 4 Cups Powdered Sugar
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening
- 3 Cups Granulated Sugar
- 5 eggs
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
- 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
- 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
Looks healthy huh! Ok so to make the chips you need a double boiler or if you don’t have one like myself a pot of boiling water and a heat safe bowl that can fit over it. Bring water to a boil then turn off. Pour about 1/3 cup of white chocolate chips in the bowl and start to melt them.
When they start to get a little soft add food coloring. I decided to do a full rainbow but if you are festive you can do whatever colors you want the chips to be. Red white and blue for the 4th perhaps? Start with a few drops and then add more to get the color you desire, remember you can always add more but you can’t take it away.
I found that this never melted to a liquid state, more like a playdough state, could have been the chips I was using but don’t get discouraged if that happens to you. Just make sure the color is fully incorporated and then remove from bowl. Line baking sheets with baking paper and then press the chocolate mixture flat onto it. Make it about a 1/4 inch high but don’t waste too much time on this part as you are just going to be chopping it up. As you can see from the past two pictures I wasn’t too picky on the colors touching, it was going to be a rainbow anyway so no need to separate them too much. If you want yours completely separate that’s your thing, go for it. Then put the sheets in the freezer. You really only need an hour at most so it hardens, I left mine in overnight since it was the during hte week and it was getting late. Once it hardens though you will need to chop into really small bits, almost like little sprinkles. I am lucky to have a slap chopper and a boyfriend who always wants to use it.
A very sharp knife and some dicing would work just as well though. Once they are in small bits you can set out to make your cake and frosting.
I used a cake recipe from here and followed it exactly. After step four in her recipe I added about a cup of the homemade Funfetti chips and mixed to incorporate.
While the cakes were baking I made the frosting recipe from here except only used 8oz of cream cheese because that is what the package is and I’m not buying two to only use a half of one. Sue me. After the frosting was made I poured the rest of the Funfetti chips in and mixed with a spatula.
When cake comes out of the oven make sure it is completely cooled and then frost. You can make this into cupcakes too if you want, which is what I’ll probably do next time. Warning, this cake is impossible to make pretty since the chips make it a bumpy frost. Also second warning, this cake is uber rich! I could only have a sliver and I was sugared out. The end result was a huge hit though and I got a lot of compliments!