DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack!

My last post featured a rather old fashioned, imperfect, and slightly naked 4-layer cake which I adorned with very French-inspired double cherry lollipops. Mama has no time to fuss! See that Vintage Valentine story HERE for the full deliciousness. Today, I’m sharing details for the layer cake which I have been making forever in DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack.

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Hello Lovely Studio. DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack! Recipe for my easy white 4-layer cake with homemade buttercream icing. DIY doctored cake mix…certainly lovely indeed!

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Side note: While my 4-layer 8″ Funfetti cake may look slightly different in the photos gathered here, it’s the same cake…I sprinkled on edible pearls, tried a cherry on top, settled on double cherry lollipops, then stripped it to devour it at last.

DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack!

Why I love this cake mix hack…Funfetti cake mix emerged in 1989, and I am have been making these cakes for decades since it was my husband’s favorite. As a work-at-home-mom, I enjoyed baking with my children and having time to experiment with recipes. That’s one of the finer things that seems to be missing for a lot of folks today: time to fiddle in the kitchen, time for simple pleasures, and time to dream up little hacks. Funfetti is a family favorite so bougie-bougie and humble as it is, here’s your hack, friends!

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Hello Lovely Studio. I sprinkled on edible pearls, ringed it with double cherry lollipops, and plopped a cherry on top DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack! Recipe for my easy white 4-layer cake with homemade buttercream icing. DIY doctored cake mix…certainly lovely indeed!

4-Layer Funfetti Cake Mix Hack

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Same Cake Through the Seasons

This is a simple cake to decorate as you wish depending on the holiday. You may remember I decorated my gluten-free mini carrot cake with faux cherries and placed her on a rustic wood slice HERE.

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Classic Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix

Good Vanilla = Better Cake

Here’s the vanilla I have been using in recent years – it’s made from quality Mexican vanilla beans in Vera Cruz.

Indestructible Mixing Bowl

This is the exact mixing bowl I use for everything (12 cup capacity). How durable are these Tupperware bowls? I have been using the same one for over 25 years…that’s a lot of use and dishwashings, mama!

The price is better for this pretty in pink version:

Baking Story Behind the Red Mixer

This Kitchenaid hand mixer is one of the prizes I won from my cookie recipe win from Country Home magazine! It is a true treasured trophy!

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Hello Lovely Studio. DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack! Recipe for my easy white 4-layer cake with homemade buttercream icing. DIY doctored cake mix…certainly lovely indeed!
Ultra Power 5 Speed Hand Mixer - KHM512
5-Speed Kitchenaid Hand Mixer

My Kitchen’s Teeny Work Island

The wee white bowl with red snowflakes (Crate & Barrel) was a gift from my sister years ago. Oh, and what you’re seeing here is my petite industrial vintage work island I scored for $10!!! Read about it HERE.

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I Love These Wilton Cake Pans!

Funfetti cake mix and ingredients for my doctored layer cake. Hello Lovely Studio.
Hello Lovely Studio. DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack! Recipe for my easy white 4-layer cake with homemade buttercream icing. DIY doctored cake mix…certainly lovely indeed!

Baker’s Essentials: Spoonulas

I can’t live without mine. And I can’t explain all of the red accents in our white kitchen since I don’t have red elsewhere in the house. Is it how appetizing red can be? That it’s the color of delicious marinara? A festive, Valentine, Christmas-y, Swedish dala horse thing? No idea.

Ingredients gathered for my Funfetti cake mix hack. Hello Lovely Studio.
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Here’s a low priced option:

And here’s a fancier, spendier one:

Brief Pause Before Cake

For penguins.

Because.

Penguins.

But also. This is sort of how I waddle and wobble after eating this delicious Funfetti cake.

Books With Doctored Cake Mix Recipes

Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade

Sliced Funfetti Layer Cake

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Double Cherry Lollipops to Decorate Cake

Edible White Pearls to Decorate Funfetti Cake

Edible white pearls for cake and cupcake decorating
Betty Crocker Pearls Cupcake Gems
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Hello Lovely Studio. DIY: Easiest Funfetti Cake Mix Hack! Recipe for my easy white 4-layer cake with homemade buttercream icing. DIY doctored cake mix…certainly lovely indeed!

Need a Cake Pedestal for Your Layer Cake?

Saundra Cake Stand
Cake Pedestal. Let them eat cake!
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Hello Lovely Studio. Old fashioned and semi-homemade!

Old-fashioned, Semi-homemade, and Delicious!

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Hello Lovely Studio. Old fashioned and semi-homemade layer cake!

The deconstructed, tone on tone version is just as delicious!

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Hello Lovely Studio. Let them eat cake!

Life is Exactly Like a Layer Cake

How is February treating you, lovely friends? I’m muddling through and always a bit restless in winter. Our house smells like a bakery, but it’s up for grabs since I am digging into closets and such. You know how tidying up and organization can go. Things grow worse before they begin to look and feel better.

Often, the same pattern applies to personal growth. Or assembling a layer cake.

That’s why it’s important to keep encouraging each other, to keep propping each other up and being buttercream. In the kitchen of life, things get messy for everyone.

And it’s okay because messy isn’t the end of the world. Even a lopsided fail of a layer cake can be delicious. My humble, doctored cake will never delight a seasoned pastry chef. How often in this life do I consistently fall short?

Yet what about the spirit in which messy days are spent? What about the purity of the love infused into cakes we bake? Into the lives we make?

Oh, that wondrous love.

It’s the secret invisible ingredient, transcending the mess.

It’s the layer of ethereal sweetness, sealing in the joy.

It’s the recipe of recipes…rich, forgiving, and tender.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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6 Comments

  1. February 6, 2019 / 2:45 am

    My kid was dazzled by funfetti cake after a trip to the U.S. and it was requested for the following birthday. As I thought it would be too easy to just add jimmies to cake batter (and like you, I do it from scratch–no industrial/chemical taste that mixes have), I made a funfetti pinata cake to go with the pinata I made for the kids to break into (very exotic in France–they didn’t know what it was but enthusiastically got into it quickly).
    Pour the batter into two smallish Pyrex bowls–greased and floured. When it’s baked (and it takes a while because it’s so thick) and cooled, scoop out the center, leaving about a 2″ layer all around. Fill the bottom with unwrapped candy–M&Ms work well–and let the candy pile up on top a bit. Put frosting around the edge of the bottom and carefully “glue” on the top. Frost the whole thing and decorate. Not very hard but I guarantee eyes will pop out of heads when you cut it open.

    • michele
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      What an awesome Funfetti hack! Thanks for adding your creativity and funky Mexican twist, Frenchy! xox

    • michele
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 2:02 pm

      I have enjoyed a love affair with baking my entire life, Celia! My cinnamon bread and cookies are even kind of famous in these parts! πŸ™‚

  2. Joanna
    February 6, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    Your cakes look so delicious and pretty. Lucky those who get to devour them. I don’t eat sugar anymore, so I have to walk away. πŸ˜‰

    • michele
      Author
      February 6, 2019 / 2:12 pm

      I have to share my sweets with friends with all the food sensitivities going on in this house! Walking away from sugar is admirable and a smart way to fight inflammation – that is awesome!

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