Funfetti Cupcakes

May 18, 2011 by Ali

Who loves sprinkles?!?!?

(I do! I do!)

For years, I used to make the famous “funfetti” cakes from a box mix. But making them from scratch is so much more fun! Seriously, the cake mix is totally simple, plus you get the joy of mixing in a big handful of colorful sprinkles. Then when topped with a classic vanilla buttercream, these festive little cupcakes are just too fun to resist!

So grab some of your favorite sprinkles and enjoy making this funfetti classic from scratch!

Funfetti Cupcakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12-16 cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cupcake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • Vanilla Buttercream Frosting Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • up to 4 Tbsp. milk or heavy cream

Method

To Make Cupcakes:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 12 muffin cups with paper liners or cooking spray.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir together until combined and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg whites to the bowl and beat until combined. Add in the vanilla and almond extracts and mix until just incorporated. Mix in the dry ingredients in three additions, alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix just until incorporated. Fold in the sprinkles with a spatula.

Use an ice cream scoop or a spoon to fill each baking cup 2/3 full of batter. Bake about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pans 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Then frost if desired.

To Make Frosting:

In a large stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat butter for a few minutes with a mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Gradually add 3 cups of powdered sugar on low speed until the sugar has been incorporated with the butter. Add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.

If your frosting is too thin, add remaining sugar. If your frosting is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until it reaches your desired consistency. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Ali’s Tip:

I’ve also heard of people making homemade funfetti cupcakes using Trix or (finely-chopped) Fruit Loops cereals in the batter instead of sprinkles. One more option!

Source: Cupcakes adapted from Fake Ginger. Frosting adapted from Sweet Savory Life.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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18 thoughts on “Funfetti Cupcakes

  1. I tried making these and they turned out very poorly. :( I doubled the recipe and the batter was fine, but during baking they all spilled over (even following the direction to fill up the cups no more than 2/3 – which gave me 30 cupcakes instead of the expected 24.)

    The frosting, however, which I made a day ahead, is absolutely delightful. :)

    - pittsburgh mama

  2. my mother and I each tried this recipe, and both times it came out like cornbread. Burnt on top and grainy in the middle. Perhaps I should have used cake flour instead of all purpose?

    - Kelli

  3. Oh. My. Gosh. You are my hero! Funfetti cupcakes have been my go-to feel good food for so many years! Now that I actually cook (or try to, at least) I’ve been trying to get away from box mixes and start cooking from scratch! I will have to try these ASAP!

    - Sarah @ a dash and a pinch

  4. I JuSt made this and put some red white and blue sprinkles and it is so yummy and the frosting is the beat I have made and had hands down I recommend anyone I make this oh and it’s so So easy

    - Karla

  5. Ooh. I love funfetti. Have you ever had rainbow chip frosting? It is both delicious and terrible. Let me know if you know of a place to buy rainbow chips.

    - Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar

  6. I made these awhile ago and LOVED them! Yours turned out adorable :)

    - natalie (the sweets life)

  7. Love these Ali! Funfetti is my absolute favorite box cake mix but love being able to make things from scratch rather than a box, they look so lovely!

    - Cassie

  8. These are so cute and festive. I’m definitely bookmarking this one :)

    - Shawna

  9. Food is so much more enjoyable when it’s pretty, don’t you think? And those are super pretty.

    - Amanda N

  10. Beautiful cupcakes. I love sprinkles too!

    - Jenna

  11. These cupcakes would brighten any mood! Love the homemade version of a classic! =)

    - Peggy

  12. These look fun! Any tips on how to get the frosting so white and not butterish in color?

    - cairocookie

  13. these cupcakes are so cute! I think I might need to make them :)

    - Amira