What Kind of Frosting for Funfetti Cake?

Last Updated on May 9, 2023 by Lauren Beck

As someone who loves to bake, I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with different frosting options for funfetti cake. With its colorful sprinkles and fluffy texture, funfetti cake calls for a frosting that’s just as festive and delicious. 

In this article, we’ll explore the best frosting options for funfetti cake, including buttercream, cream cheese, and whipped cream. 

We’ll also cover some tips and tricks for making the perfect funfetti frosting, using different types of sprinkles, and storing and freezing homemade frosting. So let’s get started!

What Kind of Frosting for Funfetti Cake?

When it comes to frosting for funfetti cake, there are a variety of options to choose from. The best frosting will complement the sweetness and color of the cake without overpowering it. Here are the 3 Best Frosting For Funfetti Cake

Buttercream Frosting

Buttercream frosting is a classic frosting that pairs well with any type of cake. Its rich, buttery flavor complements the sweetness of the funfetti cake, while the smooth texture allows the sprinkles to shine through. 

To make buttercream frosting, you’ll need butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk or cream. 

Cream the butter and sugar together, add the vanilla extract, and gradually add the milk or cream until you achieve your desired consistency.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting has a tangy flavor that pairs well with the sweetness of the funfetti cake. It’s also a great option if you want a frosting that’s not too sweet. 

To make cream cheese frosting, you’ll need cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. 

Beat the cream cheese and butter together, gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth.

Whipped Cream Frosting

Whipped cream frosting is a light and fluffy frosting that’s perfect for summer celebrations. 

It’s not as sweet as buttercream or cream cheese frosting, so it won’t overpower the sweetness of the funfetti cake. 

To make whipped cream frosting, you’ll need heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.

How To Make Funfetti Frosting?

Whipped Cream Frosting on a Glass Bowl

Making funfetti frosting is easy and can be done using any of the above frosting options. Here’s a basic recipe for making funfetti frosting:


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk or cream, and beat until smooth.
  3. Fold in the rainbow sprinkles until evenly distributed.

Tips and Tricks

  • To make your funfetti frosting even more colorful, use a variety of different sprinkle shapes and colors.
  • If you’re using cream cheese frosting, make sure the cream cheese and butter are at room temperature before mixing to ensure a smooth texture.
  • When adding powdered sugar to the frosting, do so gradually to avoid lumps and ensure a smooth consistency.
  • If your frosting is too thick, add a little more milk or cream. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Can I Use Any Kind of Sprinkles in Funfetti Frosting?

Yes, you can use any kind of sprinkles in funfetti frosting. However, it’s important to note that different types of sprinkles may have different colors and flavors, which can affect the overall taste and appearance of the frosting. 

If you’re using nonpareil sprinkles, which are small and round, be careful not to overmix the frosting, as the colors can bleed and turn the frosting gray.

How Long Does Homemade Frosting Last?

Homemade frosting can last for up to a week when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator [1]. 

Before using the frosting, allow it to come to room temperature and give it a quick whisk to restore its smooth consistency.

Can You Freeze Funfetti Frosting?

Yes, funfetti frosting can be frozen for up to three months. To freeze, transfer the frosting to an airtight container or freezer bag and store it in the freezer. 

Before using the frosting, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bring it to room temperature and give it a quick whisk to restore its smooth consistency.

Is Funfetti Just Vanilla With Sprinkles?

Funfetti cake is typically vanilla-flavored with rainbow sprinkles mixed into the batter. 

However, you can customize the flavor of the cake by adding different extracts, such as almond or lemon, to the batter. 

Similarly, you can customize the flavor of the frosting by adding different extracts or flavors, such as cocoa powder or strawberry puree.

Which Icing Is Best Used for Cakes With Fruity Flavors?

If you’re making a funfetti cake with fruity flavors, such as lemon or strawberry, a cream cheese frosting or whipped cream frosting would be a good choice. 

The tangy flavor of the cream cheese frosting complements the tartness of the fruit, while the light and airy texture of the whipped cream frosting won’t overpower the delicate flavors.


In conclusion, there are many frosting options to choose from when it comes to making funfetti cake. Buttercream, cream cheese, and whipped cream are all great choices that can complement the sweetness and color of the cake. 

To make the perfect funfetti frosting, be sure to follow the tips and tricks we’ve shared, experiment with different types of sprinkles, and store your homemade frosting properly. 

And remember, there’s no right or wrong way to frost a funfetti cake – the key is to have fun and let your creativity shine through!


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