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Funfetti Cheesecake Cake

Everything’s better with sprinkles! This Funfetti Cheesecake Cake features a layer of cheesecake in between two layers of white cake…and lots of sprinkles! It’s a fun cake for any sort of celebration.

Sprinkles make everything better. And in our house, cheesecake also makes everything better. So when you combine cheesecake with sprinkles? Well, that’s pretty much like winning the lottery! (Ok, maybe I’d take winning the lottery over a slice of this Funfetti Cheesecake Cake…but only if it’s the jackpot!)

While this fun dessert does take a bit of planning to make, there’s nothing too difficult here at all. The two layers of white cake are simply my go-to recipe for white cake…with a bunch of colorful sprinkles mixed in at the end. And the frosting? Same thing! It’s my go-to recipe for a delicious and creamy cream cheese frosting…with a bunch of colorful sprinkles mixed in at the end.

What is a cheesecake cake?

A cheesecake cake is a 3-layer cake. The top and bottom layers are a traditional cake – in this case, a white cake. The middle layer is a thin cheesecake. Once baked, the layers get stacked on top of each other and then covered with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese frosting is the perfect choice for cheesecake cakes as it pairs quite well with the layer of cheesecake.

As I mentioned in this previous post for Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls, the term ‘Funfetti’ is a combination of ‘fun’ and ‘confetti.’ It was originally coined by Pillsbury back in the late 80’s, but it has really taken off in popularity in recent years. Wander down the baking aisle at your local grocery store, and you’ll find all sorts of Funfetti-themed treats.

In fact, Buzzfeed shared an article on Funfetti desserts that are better than cake…including Funfetti Martinis and Funfetti Overnight Oats. Uhhh…ok. I know sprinkles make everything better, but maybe some things don’t need to be funfetti’d. This Funfetti Cheesecake Cake, though? Totally better with sprinkles!

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Ingredients:

For the Cake Layers:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles

For the Cheesecake Layer:

2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons heavy cream
Rainbow sprinkles, for garnish

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans and set aside.
Prepare the Cake Layers: In a mixing bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the whole milk, and mixing until just combined.
Gently fold in the rainbow sprinkles.
Divide the cake batter evenly among the prepared cake pans and spread it out evenly.
Prepare the Cheesecake Layer: In a mixing bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and granulated sugar until smooth and creamy.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour the cheesecake batter over the cake batter in one of the prepared cake pans.
Bake the cake layers and cheesecake layer in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Remove the cake layers and cheesecake layer from the oven and let them cool completely in the pans.
Prepare the Frosting: In a mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream, mixing until smooth and creamy.
Assemble the Cake: Place one cake layer on a serving platter or cake stand. Spread a layer of frosting over the top. Place the cheesecake layer on top of the frosted cake layer. Spread another layer of frosting over the cheesecake layer. Top with the remaining cake layers, spreading frosting between each layer and over the top and sides of the cake.
Garnish the cake with rainbow sprinkles.

Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour before serving to allow it to set.
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 3 hours (including chilling time)
Kcal: 400 kcal | Servings: 16 servings

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