Birthday cake biscotti are a ridiculously easier spin on the typical Italian sliced crunchy biscotti recipe, made in fewer baking steps, yet offering a fabulous buttery vanilla confetti base with color bursts of rainbow sprinkles throughout the sliced cookie which is a 2x baked biscotti plank, colorfully iced, and can be unbelievably made in a few simple steps!
In fact, the birthday confetti-colored biscotti are not only delicious, but these crunchy iced brilliantly colorful biscotti are also uncomplicated, and fail-proof to make, unlike most biscotti recipes!
Why You’ll Love Birthday Confetti Biscotti
Birthday cake flavored biscotti is perfect for anyone that craves birthday cake year-round but doesn’t want to hold those birthday cake cravings until it is time for a birthday cake!
- The essence of vanilla, sprinkles, icing, and delicious bite flavor after bite, keep the party going!
- you can and should make these in advance
- the colorful vanilla birthday cake biscotti are simply like birthday cake slices with sprinkles just in single-serve size!
- the Italian birthday colorful 2x baked biscotti recipe can be altered to have more or less vanilla and more or less sprinkles
- Instead of buying or making a birthday cake (someone else will do this), these simple-to-make vanilla birthday cake biscotti will steal the show!
- The birthday confetti biscotti recipe contains no oil
- the eye-popping ridiculously easy recipe for birthday shortcut biscotti requires minimal time and ingredients to prepare
- to transport birthday confetti biscotti (Funfetti biscotti as some call them) is so much easier than bringing a cake.
Equipment Needed To Make Birthday Confetti Biscotti
- a mixing bowl
- a rubber scraper
- wooden spoon
- hand or stand mixer
- measuring cup
- baking tray
- parchment paper
Do note, that some of the above kitchen essentials may not be needed depending on how you decide to actually mix your cookie batter.
Ingredients For Your Birthday Cake Biscotti
Here we go, the big reveal of the ingredients that you will need to make these simple birthday shortcut biscotti!
- sugar (optional)
- Vanilla (optional)
- cake mix
- confectionary sugar
How to Make Birthday Cake Biscotti
You will be mixing together the eggs, butter, vanilla (optional), and cake mix (without the sprinkles at first).
Once combined you will fold your sprinkles in.
Finally, once you have combined all of the ingredients you will split the dough into 2 separate portions.
Then you will roll each portion into a log and place it on a baking tray.
Each birthday confetti loaf will need to double in size, which is done by using a back and forth motion to roll the dough into loaves, then it has to be flattened a bit.
The log should reach from end to end of your baking pan
You will bake the birthday funetti (Confetti) biscotti for the first time initially for about 20 minutes
If they begin to brown you have baked them too long, if they are soft when you take them out, they will not set up.
So your happy medium is a firm press in the middle, and then your fingerprint disappears, yank them out.
Allow them to cool no more than 15 minutes, no less than 10 before you slice.
You can cut the cookies as thin or thick as you prefer, this is really up to you.
Once cut, and placed on their sides, place the vanilla-flavored birthday cake cookies back in the over, remember these are 2x baked biscotti cookies!
Insanely Easy 2x Baked Birthday Cake Biscotti Baking Twice Overview
Once you have sliced all of your biscotti, place them back in the oven, with the oven still on.
Bake these until they are golden brown, not burned.
Once they are a light golden brown, remove them from the oven.
Now, this is crucial, space them on a cooling rack and allow them to cool, even if it takes a few hours.
If you plan on dipping these in melted chocolate or icing, if they are not cooled, they will break as you work with them. COOL Completely then you can add the icing or dipped chocolate and sprinkles!
Understanding the Dough Texture for the Birthday Cake flavored Biscotti
Using the above photo for reference you will be able to see what makes the perfect dough texture for this birthday shortcut biscotti using a boxed cake mix.
If it is too moist it won’t roll into a log it will be sticky, and if it is too dry you will not be able to form a log, therefore the texture matters.
The first is the mixture in the bowl, it’s a bit too moist, then I change that with the addition of flour, but I don’t add too much.
Your dough will be sticky, but not to the point that you can not pick it up.
In case your combined birthday boxed cake mix is too crumbly after you have combined it, you will need to add water only a tablespoon at a time, and be stingy with it.
Once you get the consistency that you see above in my photos, divide the dough in 1/2. You will use both halves to make loaves.
Tips For Birthday Cake Biscotti From Prep to Icing
First, the #1 tip to get the boxed cake mix to turn out right is in the Notes section of the recipe card, so make sure to download the recipe so that you get the texture right and it all revolves around 1 ingredient!
For the easiest birthday biscotti shortcut cookies from prep to icing do the following:
- For the easiest cleanup before, during, and after making these vanilla confetti biscotti, use parchment paper.
- Parchment paper can be used when you roll out the biscotti
- Using parchment paper on a cookie sheet alleviates the need to wash the tray (unless you make a mess outside the of the parchment paper
- When you add icing to the colorful birthday batter biscotti ice atop the parchment paper too!
For the Most Colorful Birthday Biscotti with Confetti
- to make the best colors of icing for your birthday color explosion biscotti you will need to use really good food coloring, not the store-brand junk in the grocery stores. We use this food coloring and it always pops!
- always experiment with a little bit then go big, meaning don’t color all of your icings at once experiment it is how I get the best colors!
- you can use any color to make your birthday cake flavored biscotti there are no rules and this is a personal decision
- for those that prefer melted chocolate instead of traditional royal icing you can use that too, however, you will want to make sure that if you are using candy melts that you use the appropriate color candy melts or the appropriate coloring that works with the candy melts!
- use the buttery vanilla confetti birthday cake cookie base for themed holidays instead of birthdays and then use the appropriate colored icing to match, such as red icing or red chocolate dipped for Valentine’s and the big holidays.
- Also if you are icing then adding tiny morsels atop, will add more of a color-popping explosion (I did!)
Colorful biscotti are easy to make and the sweet icing adds an unexpected balanced taste to a crunchy texture.
How To Add More Flavor To Your Birthday Cake Biscotti
To add additional flavor to the colorful vanilla birthday cake flavored biscotti cookies is very easy and you have a few options
- To make the tastiest most decadent birthday cake biscotti, add vanilla (do note that if you want a more white appearance biscotti you will want to add clear vanilla, not brown.
- additionally, make sure to flavor your icing with vanilla as well (Royal Icing does have vanilla as an ingredient)
- finally, remember more is not always better it is just more, so you may want to make these one time, taste, and then decide if more vanilla actually needs to be added if anything!
Birthday Confetti Biscotti FAQs
Can I Really Use A Boxed Cake To Make Birthday Cake Biscotti?
Yes, you really can use a boxed cake mix to make a perfectly balanced, premeasured, no-fail birthday shortcut biscotti cookie batch! Using a boxed cake mix to create the birthday confetti biscotti provides a balanced flavor and consistency each time you make them.
Are there different flavors of birthday biscotti I can make?
Yes! Choose any flavor cake mix you want, however, if it is not a ‘Funfetti’ or confetti boxed cake mix, obviously it will not be Funfetti birthday biscotti or birthday cake biscotti, it will be that flavor of cake, but you could add confetti sprinkles to make it more birthday-cake confetti-like!
Can I make the color of the Birthday Confetti biscotti different?
Absolutely! All you need to do is figure out the color you want to change the boxed cake mix too and use food coloring. Do note, that you may need more food coloring or a better brand of food coloring that you can purchase in the grocery store aisles, so take a look at something like these to get those brilliant colors ( affiliate link) FOOD COLOR.
Can birthday cake flavored biscotti ahead of time and frozen?
Yes, the colorful biscotti that are birthday celebratory cookies can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, see my post for more information on the length of storage and prep for freezing birthday shortcut biscotti.
Do the birthday cake biscotti really taste and look like traditional Italian biscotti?
Yes. The reason these are birthday shortcut biscotti is that you do not have to measure out all the ingredients, and you only have to add a few extra in, making it easier to prepare, and again as explained above, you will have a consistent balance to the texture and the flavor using the suggested 6 ingredients.
Make Sure To Come Back And Tell Me How Your Birthday Cake Biscotti Turned Out
Birthday cake biscotti will captivate both the cake lover and the cookie lover in you without a doubt!
Get ready for an explosion of taste, matched with an easy-to-make recipe as you will be using a boxed cake mix, and creating a birthday cake flavored biscotti that offers an explosion of exceptional taste!
The exterior seals the deal with icing that is totally off the charts and albeit optional, I would never miss the secret icing!
Other Cookie Recipes You Will Love
- Italian Amaretti
- Italian Cherry Amaretti
- Biscotti Regina
- Amazing Sugar Cookies
- Orange Cookies (creamsicle cookies)
Recipe for Birthday Biscotti With Confetti Cake Mix
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 1 stick of softened salted butter room temperature only
- 1/2 c sugar you can choose not to add, but I never skip this
- 1 tbsp vanilla paste or extract* (I am VERY Generous with my tablespoon - see notes below)
- 1 birthday cake vanilla sprinkle (confetti cake mix) (Funfetti or any store brand similar)
- 1 c flour (all purpose)
- 1 c funfetti chips totally optional but a great add in
- CANDY MELT ICING OPTION
- 6-12 oz white dipping chocolate melt and use after cookies are baked and cooled
- 1 c funfetti sprinkles optional for topping melted chocolate
- ROYAL SHINY COLORFUL ICING OPTIONS
- 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
- a few drops of favorite food coloring
- 3-4 Tbsp. Milk add it one TBSP at a time in case you don't need it all. You don't want it runny
- 1 tbsp. Karo syrup it gives it a shine
- 1 squirt of lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Prepares a baking pan with parchment paper optional
- Combine eggs, sugar, butter, and vanilla. Cream and make sure everything is well mixed.
- Add birthday cake mix to the mixture
- add flour and combine. If you are adding in the funfetti baking chips do it now by folding them in by hand.
- Divide the dough in half, rolling each half into a log as long as the baking tray. You may need a tablespoon of flour on the counter or some on your fingers in order to keep the dough from sticking. (see notes below for how to roll the loaves if you do not know how)
- Once done transfer to the baking tray.
- Press the biscotti loaf to about 2 1/2" wide and 1" high.
- Repeat process for other portion of birthday cake batter.
- Bake 20-25 minutes until the logs are firm to touch, and you can press firmly in middle. Light brown logs are fine,
- At this point, remove them from the oven, and leave the oven on. Allow the biscotti to cool for no more than 15 minutes, no less than ten.
- Using a long, sharp knife, cut the biscotti, each will be 2 1/2" long (Based on how you roll them out and lightly press them in their log formation you will strive for 2.5" from side to side) and you can cut these as thin or thick as you prefer. I suggest 1/4" slices but this is all preference.
- As you cut each biscotti, lay it on its side, remember you are baking these cookies again. Repeat this until each loaf is fully sliced.
- Return the cookies and tray into the oven for about 15 minutes. The cookies need to be lightly brown, not burned so watch them.
- Once they are lightly browned, remove them from the oven, and allow them to cool for at least 2 hours.
- If you so desire, take 6 oz of baking chocolate, melt it according to package directions, and dip just 1/4 of the biscotti into the chocolate.
- Then top with sprinkles. Or you can make the shiny icing and dip each cookie into the icing as well
- Enjoy~ Dana XO
For those that want a more white birthday cake-looking cookie, you will need to add CLEAR Vanilla, not the paste as it will 'taint' the color a bit.
The #1 Tip To Perfect Your Cake Mix Birthday Cake Biscotti
Your eggs should be at room temperature, which means, take out your eggs, and run your tap water until it is warm.
Fill some in a mug and place the eggs in their shells in the mug until the water cools.
Suddenly you have room temperature eggs in about 5 minutes!
How to Roll The Birthday Cake Biscotti into logs
With a little flour on the counter, take one portion of the dough, kind of form it into a log, and then roll that log a bit on the left back and forth, and a bit on the right.
Uniformity in this log formation for both the length and thickness is very important.
Once you have achieved that, you will have doubled the size of the dough portion and you transfer that to the baking tray.
Now you need to flatten the log to about 2 1/2" wide and about 1" in height.
The log should reach from end to end of your baking pan (about an 18 x 13" pan).
For those placing 2 logs on the tray, repeat the same steps above and leave about 4-5" between each log for baking.