A homemade version of this favorite cake has one of the tenderest crumbs I’ve ever had, but the buttercream frosting with colorful sprinkles takes it over the top.
Perusing through Shelly Jaronsky’s blog Cookies and Cups is like touring Willy Wonka’s magical Chocolate Factory. It’s full of tantalizing sweets and treats that are a feast for any sugar-lover’s eye—and palate.
It’s especially a goldmine for all of you self-proclaimed cookie monsters out there, with so many cookie recipes you’re sweet tooth won’t know what hit it.
Shelly knows her desserts and is a woman after our own hearts.
Shelly recently released her first book, The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ Sweet & Savory Recipes Reminding You to Always Eat Dessert First, and we’re elated to have a copy to pillage when our sugar bug strikes.
Today we’re sharing Shelly’s recipe for Confetti Cake, a recipe that has been made no less than four times by my 12-year-old daughter. It’s already become her signature baked good and once you make it, I’m betting it will become part of your go-to arsenal too.
Baking is a pastime Shelly’s enjoyed since she was little. She fondly recalls baking Monkey Bread with her grandmother, and you can find a version of the recipe in her book.
Shelly’s come a long way from grandma’s kitchen after recently being featured on The Today Show, where she made her Banana Blondie-Bottomed Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce (and we can vouch that yes, it is amazing as it looks).
“This might seem super boring, but my favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies,” says Shelly.
“They are my kids’ favorite, they’re simple to make, everyone loves them and I’ve made them so many times I haven’t followed a recipe in years. Plus who doesn’t love a warm, melty chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven?” We totally agree.
“I do really love to cook, though,” Shelly notes. “That’s why I was so excited to be able to include a few chapters at the end of my book with some dinner ideas. The savory chapters are a pretty proud moment for me. They aren’t what I am most associated with, and sharing a different side of myself with savory dishes was a lot of fun.”
And now, my List of 10 Q’s for Shelly’s A’s
1. Describe your blog in 3 words:
Sweet, fun, and umm…calories?
2. If you could be one blogger other than yourself, who would you be?
Does Chrissy Teigen count? Because, obviously.
3. Which 3 blogs do you follow/are obsessed with/can’t live a day without?
I have a full blog list that I follow pretty much everyday, so picking 3 is tough! Confessions of a Cookbook Queen is my best friend Kristan’s site, and while we both share the sugar gene she is ridiculously hilarious and honest on her site. Lately I’ve been reading the cute fashion site called Sheaffer Told Me To. My Nordstrom account has never been the same. And lastly is Cupcakes and Cashmere. Her site is just life goals.
4. What is the one kitchen tool you could never give up?
Probably my KitchenAid mixer. I know it’s the easy answer, but it’s the truth. I use it everyday.
5. What dish are you obsessed with mastering that you just can’t get quite right?
Right now I am in a love-hate relationship with puff pastry. I love to eat it but making it, not so much. I will say I probably haven’t given it enough of a try…but that will be my next tackle.
6. What did you have for dinner last night?
Lasagna. It’s not something I make very often, but oh it’s good.
7. What’s one secret talent outside of the kitchen nobody knows about you?
Don’t tell anyone but I am a fairly good rapper. Put a karaoke mic in front of me and I will Run DMC you right out of the building.
8. You’re happiest when cooking/eating:
Cooking for sure. But I will say that I am most happy when I am just cooking for my family on a random night with no intention of “writing a recipe” or photographing the finished product. Don’t get me wrong, I love to do that too…but now that it’s become my job I really enjoy the relaxed side of cooking strictly for my own enjoyment.
9. The one secret to your success is?
If I told you that I’d have to kill you. But really there is never strictly one ingredient to success, is there? I mean besides hustling. So yeah, hustle.
10. What’s next for you? Do you see another cookbook in your future?
There is no second book on the horizon as of now. I feel like I need to breathe a bit and get back to the joy of blogging. My book has taken over my life the past few years and has been a fantastic challenge, so I wouldn’t change that, but having more of a singular work focus for a little while will be great. But then again, talk to me in a few months and I might be ready for the next challenge!
Let’s All Eat Cake. Make That Confetti Cake.
As I mentioned at the top of this post, this cake has become a bona fide favorite at our house. When I received Shelly’s cookbook, I handed it over to Smudge to choose which recipe we should feature. This is the recipe she chose and we have yet to waver. Smudge has made this recipe three times as a cake and once as cupcakes. Each time we’ve have raging success.
This cake is tender and very much similar in taste and feel to boxed cake mixes. Except it’s homemade. Now that’s a feat.
The reason for this tender crumb is likely attributed to shortening as one of it’s ingredients. I so rarely use shortening that when we checked the expiration date on the can it was 2011.
In this recipe, it is totally worth going back to the store to get a fresh batch, like I did.
Shelly notes if you don’t like the idea of shortening in your cake then go ahead and use butter instead. Your cake will be a bit denser and the texture not as tender.
One of my tricks when baking cakes is to use pre-cut rounds of parchment paper to line the cake pans with.
I have parchment to line 9-inch pans but cutting them down to an 8-inch round was simple enough to do.
I also add a few strips of parchment paper under my cake when I frost it. Then after frosting the cake, I can simply pull out the parchment and I have a clean cake stand to show for it.
This cake stand is perfect for both frosting the cake because it rotates easily, and for presentation because it’s gorgeous. Here is the link to get one for yourself.
This time around I had really big jimmies in the cake batter because I had misplaced my favorite jimmies that are a touch smaller, so the cakes had big splashes of color for this batch.
I ended up finding them right at the front of the cupboard, of course. I used the smaller jimmies to top the frosting.
If you are baking at high altitude, raise the baking temperature to 375 degrees F, reduce the sugar to 1 cup + 1 tablespoon and reduce the baking powder amount to 2 1/2 teaspoons.
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Confetti Cake With Buttercream Frosting
- For the Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 1/4 cups 2% or whole milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 cup jimmies or rainbow sprinkles
- For the Buttercream Frosting
- 1 cup 2 sticks salted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 7 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper rounds and coat again.
In the bol of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the shortening and mix on medium speed until the mixture is combined. Add the milk and vanilla and mix on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping the sides as you mix.
Add the egg whites and continue mixing 1 to 2 more minutes, until very smooth. Stir in the sprinkles.
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean and the edges of the cake begin to pull away from the pans.
Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a wire rack to continue cooling completely before frosting with the Buttercream Frosting. Decorate with more jimmies or rainbow sprinkles.
*High altitude baking tips: If you are baking at high altitude, raise the baking temperature to 375 degrees F, reduce the sugar to 1 cup + 1 tablespoon and reduce the baking powder amount to 2 1/2 teaspoons.
For the Buttercream Frosting
In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and shortening together on medium speed until smooth. Turn the blender to low and slowly add the powdered sugar until it's mixed in.
Slowly add in 1/4 cup of the cream and the vanilla. Turn the mixer to medium speed and mix for 1 minute until creamy. Add more cream if you prefer a creamier frosting.
Recipe reprinted from The Cookies & Cups Cookbook.
Thank you Shelly for being one of our favorite foodie crushes and giving us the recipe to bake this amazingly colorful cake.
Visit Shelly and her blog at Cookies & Cups.
Purchase her book The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ Sweet & Savory Recipes Reminding You to Always Eat Dessert First here.
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