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Birthday Cake Macarons

These Birthday Cake macarons are a fun twist on the classic French Macaron. The macarons are made with a plain shell topped with sprinkles, then filled with a birthday cake batter buttercream filling!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, French
Servings 24 macarons


  • Measuring scale
  • Sifter
  • Oven thermometer
  • Stand mixer or Hand mixer
  • Pastry bag
  • #12 round tip (optional)
  • 2 aluminum baking sheets with silicone mats or Silpat
  • Ingredients


Macaron shells

  • 135 grams almond flour
  • 125 grams icing sugar
  • 100 grams egg whites About 3 large egg whites
  • 88 grams granulated sugar
  • pinch cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons rainbow non pareils sprinkles

Birthday Cake Batter Filling

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heat treated flour see instructions
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk optional
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


Macarons Shells

  • Pre-heat oven to 300ºF.
  • Separate the eggs from the egg whites (if using fresh eggs). Measure out 100 g (about 3 large eggs).
  • In a separate bowl, sift the icing sugar and almond flour together
  • Repeat the sifting process to ensure there are no clumps. If there are any clumps, discard them.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the egg whites and a pinch cream of tartar. Beat on high until foamy.
  • Once the egg whites are foamy, turn the mixer down to the lowest setting possible, and slowly add in the granulated sugar. Be sure to incorporate all the sugar into the egg whites.
  • Turn up the mixer again on high, and keep beating egg whites until peaks form. DO NOT OVER BEAT.
  • Once done, pour all the almond flour and icing sugar mixture into the egg whites.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold the dry mixture into the egg whites, until the paste flows like a ribbon.
  • Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat with a macaron template.
  • Fit a pastry bag with a #12 round tip, if using, and trim the bottom as appropriate.
  • Pour batter into the bag.
  • Pipe circles onto the prepared baking sheet. You should get about 40-60 circles
  • Once piped, rap the sheet on the counter to release all the air bubbles.
  • Rest for 30 minutes, until the shells have formed a skin, and are no longer tacky to the touch.
  • Bake in the oven, at 300°F for 12-13 minutes.
  • Check for doneness, by wiggling the shell. Shells are done when they don’t move from the feet. If it wiggles from the feet, then bake for another minute, and check again.
  • Cool the shells in the tray.

Cake Batter Filling

  • To heat treat flour, place the flour in a bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each interval. Make sure to heat until an instant read thermometer registers at 165ºF. Set aside to cool.
  • Beat room temperature butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in icing sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time, mixing between each addition.
  • Beat until incorporated and frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Add in the vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • If frosting is too soft, add in more icing sugar (2 tablespoons at a time), if the frosting is too stiff, add a little milk (1 teaspoon at a time).
  • Transfer frosting to a piping bag.

Assembly & Decorate

  • Once cool, remove macaron shells from the baking tray and pair similar-sized shells together to form the cookie sandwiches.
  • Pipe in about a teaspoon of birthday cake filling onto half the shells.
  • Carefully sandwich the cookie with its pair. Repeat to assemble all the cookies
  • Macarons taste best when they've rested in the fridge for a day. Once all the cookies are assembled, store the macarons in the fridge for at least 24 hours to mature. Remove from fridge 20 minutes before serving.
  • Enjoy your hard work!



Note: Make sure to properly heat treat the flour to make sure it is safe to consume! 
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