Happy Birthday: Funfetti Bubblegum Cake


Guess who is having a birthday today?!?

Little ol’, sweet ol’, sassy ol’, 22-year old ME!



This little chickadee turns 22 years old today. I can’t even believe I’m 22. Some days, I feel like I’m 80 with my 9pm bedtime and my occasional hip problems. Other days, I feel like I’m 15, dressing like a cartoon character with absolutely zero trace of ‘adult’ in my blood .. or wardrobe.

I mean, in 8 years, I’ll be THIRTY. And 8 years ago, I was FOURTEEN. How does that happen, people?!

Anyway. Since today is an undeclared national holiday (go ahead, call in sick and tell your boss it’s for a very important reason and he/she is callous for not celebrating Hayley Day), I’m going to do whatever I please. This will probably consist of an inordinate amount of shopping (because that appears to be my favorite pasttime), maybe painting my nails (because freshly manicured nails equal birthday success in my neurotic head), and chowing down on food since calories are negated due to the birthday celebration (I’m looking at you, freebie Krispy Kreme donut. Get in my mouthhole ASAP).

cake2Because of my national holiday, I decided to make a cake sure to please me and probably only me. Unless you’re A) addicted to sprinkles; B) obsessed with bubblegum; or C) Hayley Parker, you probably want nothing to do with this obnoxiously bubblegummy cake smothered in sugar. Otherwise, welcome aboard. You’re in for a tasty ride, friend.

Okay, so I’m no Sprinklebakes, but I tried to make a prettiful four-tiered cake for my birthday festivities. I frosted it with Cool Whip icing because whipped cream frosting > buttercream. Yeah, I went there, homie. Whipped cream icing rules my face.

cake1Of course, said frosting is flavored BUBBLEGUM because bubblegum makes everything better and literally makes my soul smile. That icing not only frosts this miniature four-tiered cake, but also provides a sliver of frosting in between layers for an extra bubblicious punch. And since I also happen to be all thumbs when it comes to cake decorating (read: I’m awful), I smothered everything in sprinkles. If that isn’t obnoxiously but beautifully distracting, I don’t know what is.

Behold, my birthday cake. Happy Birthday, indeed!


Happy Birthday: Funfetti Bubblegum Cake
Recipe type: Cakes/Cupcakes
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Serves: 8
My dream birthday cake -- layers of luscious Funfetti cake sandwiched around fluffy bubblegum icing and SMOTHERED in sprinkles!
  • 1 box Funfetti cake mix
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 & ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 small box sugar free/fat free vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 tub Cool Whip Lite (or you could use the Cool Whip Frosting in Vanilla--I did!), thawed
  • 1 pkt Duncan Hines Bubblegum Frosting Creations
  • Sprinkles and non-pareils
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Liberally grease two 6" cake pans (the small circular ones, available at Michael's) with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the cake mix, egg whites, water and applesauce with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Stir in the pudding mix to combine. Pour the batter evenly between the two greased pans. Place the pans on top of a rimmed baking sheet to catch any spillover.
  3. Bake for approx. 25 minutes or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out mostly clean. Cool the cakes about 30 minutes before gently inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Very carefully, saw each cake in half evenly. Place one half on your cake stand or plate. Meanwhile, gently combine the bubblegum flavor packet into the Cool Whip to blend. Slather a generous Tablespoon or so on top of the layer. Cover with another layer, then frost. Repeat two more times until you have four tiers with frosting in between three of them.
  5. Frost the remainder of the cake in an even layer. Smother immediately with sprinkles. The more, the freaking merrier, y'all. Eat up! Store this puppy airtight, in the fridge, for a couple days or so... assuming it lasts that long, which would kinda be criminal.


cake4This cake is SO amazing; definitely my dream cake. The actual Funfetti cake is super moist and light, thanks to the egg whites (which also lighten it up calorie-wise), and the pudding mixed in. And that bubblegum whipped cream frosting is TO DIE FOR! When smothered in sprinkles and sandwiched between each buttery layer of cake, each bite is simply heavenly. Serve it with some bubblegum ice cream and call it a helluva birthday!

Can’t get enough bubblegum? Me either (it’s kinda serious). Here’s some more bubblicious treats for you:

3 Ingredient Bubblegum Ice Cream
Bubblegum Vodka
(oh yes I did)
Bubblegum Sugar Cookies

See ya soon!

xo, Hayley

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  1. Happy Birthday and the cake looks Fab! Would have loved it if someone had made this for my birthday last week

  2. Happy Birthday! Enjoy your day of calories not counting! (Or be like me and consider the whole month of your birthday calorie-free! And any other month that has a major holiday in it, for that matter.) Have an awesome day and enjoy that beautiful cake!

  3. Happy Birthday!!!
    I’m definitely with you on the whole whipped cream frosting > buttercream.
    Hope you have a fabulous day shopping and stuffing your face with this delicious looking cake 🙂

  4. Happy Birthday!!!! Hope it is the perfect day Hayley! Love the new “digs”! Very cool!

  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Happy Birthday hayley!!! I love that cool whip frosting!! And if you think YOU are old, I could very well be a senior citizen!! Enjoy your day and your free donut 🙂

  6. Wow! Your website changed completely! The cake looks amazing and delicious. I just made cupcakes yesterday with that same shade of pink frosting…

  7. Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!……………what I wouldn’t give to be 22 again oy!!
    Enjoy it!!

  8. Happy birthday Hayley!! This cake is so perfectly you!!

  9. Happy birthday Hayley. Aww lookit’ you, so cute and you still are! 🙂 I slept in this morning because it’s ‘Hayley day’! But girl, since when was 22 old? For reals? You only just stopped growing last year LOL. I must be granny-esq then being 32 this year. Mind you, my body is granny-esq.

    And that cake? ZOMG I need some, stat! Applesauce, pudding mix, cool whip and bubblegum flavour and overload of sprinkles? Duuuddeee! This cake makes me happy.

    Loving the new look too. I just changed up my blog look too. Have a wonderful birthday mi’lady friend. xx

  10. Happy Happy. Your blog makes me smile.
    Here’s a little trick I learned in culinary school (if you have the time… or patience), if you freeze your cake before cutting layers it’s a whole lot easier to cut (especially if you use a gigantic bread knife). 🙂

  11. I wish I had known it was Hayley Day BEFORE I came to work! I totally would have called out! Happy Birthday!

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY HALEY you young chick you! that cake is mind blowingly colorful-just like a bday cake should be. and screw the cool whip lite, if you’re gonna go, go all the way, just like you did! 🙂 in 8 yrs i’ll be…oh never mind. hope i can still have good eyesight to read your funny posts with great recipes!

  13. Happy Birthday Hayley! This is most definitely a cake version of you 🙂 Although we might need to reconsider our friendship with that whipped cream vs. buttercream comment. PS – I love the redesign.

  14. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday you! This cake is perfectly Hayley. I heart you and I hope you have the most awesome day. Now excuse me while I got party like it’s a holiday. 🙂

  15. Happy happy happy birthday Hayley!! That cake looks awesome! I’m all about the four layers and bubblegum and sprinkles. I say go big or go home, and you definitely went big. Enjoy your special day. 🙂 {Also, I’m loving the new site design!}

  16. Back for Seconds says:

    Happy happy birthday, my friend!! You are so awesome – look at this CAKE!! Wowee! Iy’s so fun and pretty and perfectly you 🙂
    I hope your day is extra fun. Love ya! Xoxo

  17. Happy birthday, Hayley! Or rather, happy national Hayley Day!! =D

    By the way, MASSIVE amounts of sprinkles? Totally tops any other decorations, in my book. LOVE this birthday cake.

  18. Happy birthday dear sweet Hayley! Extra, extra sweet Hayley! You are a wonderful and so thankful we’ve become blogigng buddies! I need this cake! And I love the new design! What a birthday!!!! sprinkles forever! xoxoxo

  19. Happy Birthday, friend! I hope it’s an extra-special day for you! Love the cake. . .it is gorgeous!!

  20. Happy Birthday Hayley! That cake looks like a dream come true…so fun and pretty 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous day and enjoy shopping, painting your nails, and enjoying this cake! Best wishes 🙂

  21. Happy Birthday, sweet Hayley!! This cake is gorgeous! Love the sprinkle overload!! xo

  22. What an AMAZING cake! This could quite possibly be the most festive birthday cake ever! Wishing you a super Happy Birthday with oodles and oodles of love, fun and happiness! XO

  23. Happy birthday. Love all the sprinkles going on!!!

  24. Happy Birthday to the coolest 22 year old I know!! This cake is so you! Love it! Enjoy your day of shopping, nails, and the free donut!!!

  25. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope it’s an awesome day full of lots of amazing sweets, just like this fantastic cake. YUM!

  26. Happy Birthday!!! (also, just pointing out– my phone did NOT remind me that it’s your birthday like it did two days ago… just sayin’). I think this cake is gorgeous!!

  27. Happy birthday, Hayley! I am DYING over those sprinkles!! Want want want.

  28. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, HAYLEY!!! Hope your day is every bit a sweet as you are 🙂

  29. Happy Birthday Hayley! What a fun and festive birthday cake!

  30. Happy birthday Hayley! Love the new site design 🙂

  31. Happy birthday! I hope it is an amazing one! P.S. I got to bed at 9 too! I’m 24…glad to know there is someone else under 80 who is like me. 😉

  32. Happy Birthday from Dorothy’s mom!

  33. Happy Birthday! And don’t count yourself out just yet I think your cake looks ahmazingly awesome and SprinkleBakes would be proud 🙂 I know i want to just shove my face right into it (except that it’s your birthday cake and that would be rude lol)

  34. happy birthday lovely lady! lovin’ the new layout!
    you’re just the cutest!

  35. Happy Birthday! I hope you had an awesome day:) Birthday cake is the best and yours looks fantastic. Love your new design, btw.

  36. Happy Birthday Hayley! Love the cake and I, too, am all over the bubblegum flavor! Hope you have a fantastic, sprinkle-filled day! 🙂

  37. I just turned 22 on 1/21! Happy birthday to us! 🙂

  38. Happy Birthday Hayley!! Hope your day was as fabulous as you are.

  39. Happy Birthday KIDDO! I know some days seem like you have the age of the world, but believe me, you will wonder why you didn’t realize you were young! 30 isn’t as old as you make it, either,(although the week before I was 23 I made my 30 yr old sister an ‘over-the-hill’ cake, so I understand where you’re coming from.)
    Enjoy, Hon!

  40. Happy birthday girl!!!!!!!!!! I just turned 30 so no complaints about 22! hahahah

  41. LOOKAT HOW CUTE YOU ARE!!!! This cake looks absolutely delicious (and adooooorable) and Happy Happy Happy Birthday you awesome girl!!!

  42. Oh yeah and whipped icing is def. better than buttercream FTW!

  43. Okay, so I’m super belated commenting here, but I hope you had a WONDERFUL birthday–you deserve it! And I love the picture of you–so freakin’ cute!

  44. This makes me all kinds of happy! I can’t even stand it!!!!!!!!


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