Let's put it this way, staying on budget as a college student is not easy. Social media trends are ever so tempting, especially when it comes to food, and, of course, we all want to have a go at these tasty trends. But, these luxuries can get pretty pricey. For example, Momfuku Milk Bar's 6" cake is $42! 

That is why I came up with an alternative recipe for Milk Bar's Birthday Cake using ingredients from the grocery store for only $10! After trying this out, you will not only leave guests speechless, but you will also make your wallet happy. 

Birthday Cake

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:40 mins
  • Servings:4
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 Box vanilla cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small bowl
  • 1 can store bought buttercream frosting
Emma Spoldi
Emma Spoldi

Step 1

Mix cake mix, vegetable oil, water, and eggs. Then, add rainbow sprinkles.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 2

Spray two 9" pans with cooking spray.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 3

Pour evenly into pans and place in oven at 325F for 25 minutes.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 4

While cake cooks, make the cake soak by adding the milk and vanilla extract.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 5

After cake cools, use a small bowl as a guide to cut the cake. Leave the scraps!
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 6

Crumble the cake scraps to make cake crumbles.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 7

To the first layer of cake, add the cake soak, frosting, and then cake crumbles.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 8

Repeat for the second layer.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 9

Place in refrigerator, and take the cake out when you are ready to eat.
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GIF by Emma Spoldi

Step 10

Grab some candles and sing loudly!
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GIF by Emma Spoldi