vanilla sprinkles cake
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Vanilla sprinkles cake

If your kids love decorating with sprinkles they will love his simple but fun vanilla sprinkles cake. It's delicious moist with a little sweet icing on top.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Afternoon tea
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cake, celebration
Servings: 12


For the cake:

  • 200 g 1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 115 g 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 210 g plain flour + 40g cornflour or 2 cups cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

For the icing:

  • 250 g (2 cups) icing sugar / confectioners' sugar
  • 3-4 milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles


Preheat oven to 180C/170C Fan/350F and grease and flour your bundt pan

    Beat the sugar and butter together

    • Measure the butter and pop it in the microwave to melt. Add to a large mixing bowl or freestanding mixer with the paddle attachment fitted. Add the sugar.
    • Beat the butter and sugar together for a few minutes until the mixture is well combined and fluffy.

    Add the eggs

    • Crack the eggs one at a time into a small bowl. Add them into your mixture, beating well in between each addition.

    Add the vanilla and buttermilk

    • If you’re using a vanilla bean, cut it in half length ways and scrape out the seeds. Add these to the mixture. If you don’t have a vanilla bean you can use 2 tsp of vanilla extract instead.
    • Pour in the buttermilk and mix it all together.

    Add the remaining dry ingredients

    • Measure out the flour, cornflour, baking powder and salt and add them to the bowl. (If you have cake flour you can use 2 cups and miss out the cornflour).
    • Turn the speed of the mixer down and beat everything until you have a nice smooth cake batter.

    Bake the vanilla sprinkles cake

    • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt tin. Bake for 35-45 minutes. It’s ready when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
    • Remove from the oven to cool. After 5 minutes, loosen the cake from the pan with a blunt knife and turn out on to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Make your icing

    • In a small bowl or measuring cup, measure out the icing sugar. Add a few tablespoons of milk and the vanilla extract. Mix until it is all combined. Add another spoon of milk and keep stirring. Keep adding the milk a dribble at a time until the thin enough to pour but thick enough that it holds its shape. If it’s too thin, add a little more icing until you have a good consistency.

    Decorate your vanilla sprinkles cake

    • Pour the icing over the top of the cooled cake and then add sprinkles.