The Best Confetti Cake Mix Might Surprise You

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Think you know the best confetti cake mix? We tested four big names—Funfetti included—to find our favorite. The taste test results just might shock you!

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If you’re like me, when you think birthday cake, your mind goes right to confetti cake. How can’t it? These sprinkle-laden cakes just scream celebration and fun. And while you can make this kind of cake from scratch (try Christina Tosi’s birthday cake recipe), chances are most confetti-style cakes you’ve made and eaten come right from a box. And one box in particular: Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix.

I’m personally a huge fan of this box mix. I’ve made plenty of Funfetti cakes in my time, and have even done variations on the theme, like these confetti cookies. While I’ve gone shopping for this standard mix, though, I have noticed other brands getting into the sprinkle cake game. It’s hard to imagine that any could beat the original, but I had to test them all just to be sure.

For this test, a handful of Taste of Home staffers and I tried these confetti cake mixes:

This test satisfied my sweet tooth for sure, and I came away with some favorites:

Runner-Up: Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix

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Score: 7.5/10

It might be hard to believe but Pillsbury’s iconic Funfetti Cake Mix came in second place here.

This isn’t to say that this cake mix wasn’t satisfying. Testers loved the familiar Funfetti flavor, and the cake was sweet and satisfying. It tasted ever so slightly artificial and was a bit dryer than our number one pick, but that didn’t bother any testers—we all enjoyed this classic for exactly what it was.

In fact, many samplers said after this test they were really craving a slice of this cake topped off with some canned frosting. It’s just one of those combinations that we all love—even though it’s not homemade.

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Best in Show: Duncan Hines Confetti Cake Mix

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Score: 9/10

Talk about a shakeup: Nobody else could hold a candle to Duncan Hines Confetti Cake Mix!

This cake got high marks (and a few perfect tens) from testers for its sweet—but not overly sweet—vanilla flavor. But what really stood out to us all was the texture of this cake. It was incredibly light and delicate but still exceptionally moist.

This texture is hard to find in any cake let alone a boxed version; we had to sing its praises for that reason alone—though the extra confetti bits didn’t hurt either.

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The Bottom Line

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If you’re going to do a confetti cake mix, you have to go with one of the biggest names in baking. Pillsbury and Duncan Hines both offered satisfyingly sweet cakes.

This test converted a few devoted Funfetti fans—myself included. I’ve got a box of Duncan Hines mix in my cupboard right now, just waiting for a quick birthday treat or impromptu celebration. Of course, any of these rainbow sprinkled treats would work, too!

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.