Happy Birthday to my husband! He loves everything vanilla, and to me a plain vanilla cake would have been really boring. There's always Funfetti, but usually it is made with multi color rainbow themed sprinkles, which is not manly at all. Well, that is where this cake comes in handy. It, in my opinion, is the perfect color and best man approved Funfetti style cake I have ever made. Hence why it has been named the "Manfetti" Cake!
1 2/3 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 stick butter, melted
3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. fat free plain yogurt
3/4 c. milk (I used Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Tea protein drink)
2 tsp. vanilla
2/3 c. sprinkles (I used brown Jimmies)
1 recipe Vanilla Frosting
Spray 4 loaf cake pans with non stick cooking spray. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the cake pulled slightly away from the edges of the pans.
Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until they are cool. In an electric mixer, follow the directions in the link above for the vanilla frosting. If you are trying to make the color green that I have, add 4 dots of lime green (gel) food coloring and 1 dot of black. Put the frosting into a piping bag with your tip of choice.
Place the first layer of cake on your flat work surface. Pipe around the edges and do a zigzag pattern in the middle. Take a icing spatula and spread out the layer, filling in the gaps.
Repeat for the remaining three layers, leaving the top unfrosted for now. Pipe around the cake and fill in all of the gaps between the layers.
Pipe in that same zigzag pattern all around the cake sides and top. Using an icing scraper (or the icing spatula), spread the icing and smooth out the sides and top until they are as flat or thick as you want them. Pipe with your decorative tip around the edges of the top and bottom of the cake, and then go up the four sides.
Decorate the cake for the occasion, or leave plain if it is for an every day cake. Since it was my husbands birthday cake, I added shotguns (he is a hunter and gun person), and added more brown Jimmies, orange decorative sugar and a few gold birthday candles!
Slice. Serve. Enjoy!