One of the world’s most simple joys is Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix.
Funfetti 4 Life.
It’s not just plain ol’ vanilla. I guarantee you that, in a blind taste test, I could detect the true Funfetti out of a selection of French vanilla, vanilla, white cake and yellow cake samples.
Funfetti is different. Funfetti is… special. There’s just something about that trademark treat when you bite or slice into it… pale, fluffy cake with cheerful dots of color.
Two nibbles to paradise. (Photo from Kitchen Adventures)
Over the past decade or so, “cake batter,” “cupcake,” and “birthday” flavored and scented things have become increasingly popular. I’ve seen lotion, perfume, candles, frozen yogurt, ice cream and more, all made to smell like cake.
It occurred to me that, out of all the cakes you can make or buy, Funfetti is the epitome of all things cakey. And here’s why.
Funfetti is cake-batter flavored cake. And it’s deliciousss.
Funfetti cheesecake pops! (Photo from Bakers Royale)
Funfetti Cake Batter PIE! (From Gingerbread Angels; click image for recipe)
Whoa whoa whoa... Funfetti PANCAKES?!
I’m usually very strict about my cake… I like to bake from scratch BUT I make an exception from time to time for Funfetti. When I do whip some up, I compensate by making a homemade frosting; either rich milk chocolate, or an angelically pink vanilla.
Pretty and pink. I make mine using Sprinkles' Vanilla Frosting recipe and some food coloring. Piece of cake!
It was with pink vanilla Funfetti cupcakes in mind that I crafted the glitter manicure you’re about to see. I was also inspired by a recent purchase — Essie’s Matte About You. I’ve been contemplating matte top coats for a while now, and my online research confirmed that Essie’s formula creates the best matte finish.
I love when frosting completes the transformation from fresh and shiny to that final stage when it has “set” with a thin, slightly crisp, somewhat matte shell or crust. Toothsome! A matte top coat would be the perfect finishing touch.
My ingredients. From left: Essie Matte About You Top Coat, Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, Essie Guchi Muchi Puchi, OPI Alpine Snow and Milani Gem FX.
Well, nothing ever goes as planned, now does it. I started off great, but then my Milani FX went crazy on me and began really cranking out the glitter. I prefer the pinky and ring finger.
Here's the Funfetti Mani, indirect sunlight.
And here's Funfetti Mani, bright morning rays.
I LOVED the matte top coat. Its effect on glitter is revolutionary. The best way to describe it is this: normal glitter is like the shiny side of aluminum foil. Glitter with a matte topcoat over it is like the dull side of the foil; it lacks the gleam and shine, but has luster. It glows.
My very favorite nail. White speckled Funfetti cake; creamy pink frosting tip and festive glitter.
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