This Funfetti Coffee Cake is a classic coffee cake recipe updated with colorful sprinkles making it the perfect dessert for a celebration.

I’m one of those people who thinks everything tastes better with sprinkles, which is why I created this Funfetti Coffee Cake recipe. When it comes to picking out donuts, cupcakes, ice cream, or any other sweet treat, I’m immediately drawn to anything with sprinkles. I’d like to think it says something about my personality, but I suspect it means I’m addicted to sugar.

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

I don’t know if sprinkles add flavor, but I certainly seem to enjoy treats that have them. As some of you know, each year I run a series on IBC called, “A Year of …” Although I still haven’t decided on my theme for 2016, I did momentarily consider “A Year of Funfetti.”

I decided against it after a bit of research on Pinterest revealed that there is already a funfetti version of almost everything. As it should be. So, I’m back to pondering.

In my search, however, I did notice one thing missing from the group of funfetti desserts: a fabulous recipe for Funfetti Coffee Cake. And as quickly as that idea came into my brain, I was in the kitchen whipping up this festive coffee cake.

Funfetti Coffee Cake:

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

How do you make Funfetti Coffee Cake:

Because Ina Garten is my cooking queen, I used her coffee cake recipe as a base for my recipe. I’ve made this recipe before, and it’s one of my favorites, so I figured that was a good place to start.


Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Traditional coffee cakes like this are made in a tube-style (angel food cake) pan. Not only does this create an interesting shape, but it allows for that beautiful crumb coat to be visible on top.

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

I did’t have a tube pan so I improvised with this gorgeous bundt pan. (affliate link) However, as a result. my crumb coat was on the bottom. Which honestly doesn’t bother me in the slightest. In fact, it reminds me of a cloud, and clouds and funfetti go together like peanut butter and jelly. (In case non-traditional upside-down cakes drive you bananas, you’ve been warned.)

Funfetti Coffee Cake |
Funfetti Coffee Cake |

One other thing to note: I found that sprinkles like these, or the cylindrical variety, work best for funfetti. Most of these are the same color throughout. The round sprinkles (nonpareils) are typically color coated, and they tend to bleed when they come in contact with liquid which does not result in the best funfetti effect. Although I’ve seen both used, I’m just letting you know my personal preference.

With all of that out of the way, I think we are ready to bake up some fun!

Funfetti Coffee Cake Recipe:

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake

Serves 8 to 10

Here's what you will need:
3/4 cups (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sour cream
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup sprinkles

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes

Funfetti Glaze:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4-5 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons sprinkles, plus more for garnish

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a bundt pan. (Alternatively you can use a 10-inch tube pan or a 13x9-inch pan.) Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light (about 4-5 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and sour cream. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the batter until just combined. Then, with a spatula, gently fold in the sprinkles.

Next, prepare the streusel. Place the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and butter in a bowl. With your fingers, pinch the mixture together until it forms a crumble.

Into your prepared pan, spoon in half of the batter and level with a spatula. Then, sprinkle with 3/4 of the streusel mixture. (Only use 1/2 if you plan to have your crumb layer be on the top of your finished cake.) Spoon the rest of the batter into the pan, evenly spread it out, and top with the remaining streusel. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack for about 30 minutes. Then, remove the cake from the pan and place on a serving plate. Allow the cake to cool.

In the meantime, prepare the funfetti glaze. In a bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar, melted butter, vanilla, salt and milk. You'll want the glaze to be as thick as possible while still being a bit runny. If it's too runny, add more confectioners sugar; if it's too thick, add more milk.

Once the cake has cooled (It can still be slightly warm.), drizzle as much of the glaze over the cake as you'd like. Then, add more sprinkles before the glaze has set.

Slice and serve.

*adapted from Ina Garten


Looking for more unique cake recipes? Try these:

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Coffee cake just got a whole like more fun. And, let’s be honest, a lot cuter, too.

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

This cake is delicious on its own (without the glaze), but the glaze makes the whole thing come together. You can add as much or as little as you’d like. Glaze and I are BFFs so naturally I used all of it. So much so that it pooled on my cake stand, but I’m totally okay with that.

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

You’ll notice that some of the cinnamon sugar streusel will fall off the bottom as you glaze. At first I was annoyed because it was getting into my glaze, but then I chose to embrace it, and enjoy how it gives a sneak peak as to what’s inside.

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

So friends, the lesson for today is that sprinkles really do make everything better. (Puddles of funfetti glaze don’t hurt either.) So next time you’re in charge of baking up something sweet, give this Funfetti Coffee Cake atry.

Funfetti Coffee Cake |

And don’t forget the sprinkles.

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  • Megan at

    That is the HAPPIEST cake I have ever seen! So want to give this one a try!

  • em at

    Michael, if you’re still considering your “Year Of…”, how about individual or mini anything? I always love the little servings of sweets or savories. They are so adaptable to many occasions & little dishes make me swoon!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oh goodness! I LOVE that idea! I need to give it some thoughts and see what I can come up with.

      xo Michael

  • Agatha at

    Love the shape. yummy. Funfetti new year then! Thank you for the recipe. looking for a nice bake-form now. I use a classic nonstick bake pan.

  • Elle at

    So pretty! I’m thinking it would also be perfect for Easter morn or a special someone’s birthday breakfast or an afternoon tea party or …. Thanks for always inspiring us.

  • Karen at

    Love your blog… It is so fun and filled with delicious recipes. What a way to elevate a tried and true recipe. Next time I make a sour cream coffee cake… Going to use your recipe to kick it up a notch! Thank you.

    PS, you used sprinkles on those peanut butter cookie cups in a December post and I followed your lead and it was just extra festive! You give “boring” a boost!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      Thank you so much! See, sprinkles DO make everything better. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the tip.

      xo Michael

  • Patrícia Silva at

    Looks delicious! I’m really going to make it, thank you! kiss^^

  • Mélanie at

    Looks amazing !!! Can i replace the sour cream with something else ? Don’t have soeme at home, and can’t go out .. 🙂

    Thanks !

  • Marina Ferreiira at

    Oh my goodness, i just made this cake. I was alone when i took the first bite, the flavor was so delicious i said “holy S**t” out loud. Incredible recipe, simple and to the point!

    Thank you!
    i will definitely be making more of these recipes.


  • Jill at

    This looks SO GOOD! I love coffee cake and I love Funfetti but combining the two has never occurred to me before! Thanks for the awesome recipe! If you wanted the crumb layer to be on the top of your cake, would you just put it in the bottom of the pan before you pour in the batter?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at


      Nope, bake it as directed. Just put in on the plate with the crumb side facing up.

      xo Michael

  • Renee Camello at

    So, if the crumb layer is on top, so you still drizzle frosting over the top?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      You can, I just flip the crumb layer to the bottom so it would look prettier! 🙂

      xo Michael

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