Birthdays are something that should always be celebrated. For a lot of people, there are multiple parties, dinners, and of course, cakes. Even though today may not be your birthday, this Momofuku cake will help you feel like it is. 

This cake is loved by children, adults and everyone in between. It's sweet and definitely something worth celebrating. Although it is a more complicated recipe, it's delicious and super photogenic. Momofuku even has a class in their Brooklyn warehouse where you an learn how to make their signature cakes with the pros

DIY Momofuku Cake

  • Prep Time:2 hrs
  • Cook Time:45 mins
  • Total Time:2 hrs 45 mins
  • Servings:8
  • Hard


  • Cake:
  • 2 six inch round cake pans
  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup plus 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles separated
  • cup buttermilk
  • cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 teaspoons clear imitation vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • cup vegetable shortening
  • stick unsalted butter room temp
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Crumbs:
  • all-purpose flour
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rainbow sprinkles
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • cup grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon clear imitation vanilla extract
  • Frosting
  • 1 stick unsalted butter room temp
  • cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 ounces cream cheese room temp
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon clear imitation vanilla extract divided
  • 1¼ cups powdered sugar
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon citric acid or ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • cup milk
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  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two 6-inch circle cake pans.

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  • Step 2

    Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and one-fourth cup of sprinkles in a large bowl. Combine buttermilk, oil, and vanilla in a medium bowl.

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  • Step 3

    Beat together granulated sugar, shortening, butter, and light brown sugar in another large bowl. Add eggs one at a time and mix. Add buttermilk mixture and mix. Add dry ingredients until well combined.

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  • Step 4

    Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining sprinkles. Bake until golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Re-Preheat oven to 300°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Step 5

    For the crumbs, mix flour, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, sprinkles, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add oil and vanilla and mix. Break the dough into large and small clusters and put on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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  • Step 6

    For the frosting, combine butter, shortening, and cream cheese. Slowly add corn syrup and vanilla. Mix until glossy. Add powdered sugar, salt, baking powder, and citric acid and mix.

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  • Step 7

    Take the cooled cakes out of the pans. Layer with frosting and crumbs and place the other cake on top. Repeat the process and enjoy!

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