This is the Best Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes recipe! Who needs store-bought cake mixes when you can make these perfect from scratch cupcakes at home? Fun for all ages! Yields 24 cupcakes.
It happened and I’m not sure how to feel about it.
I mean I knew it was going to happen someday. But I didn’t know it was going to happen so fast. I wasn’t sure if I should cry, scream, crawl under my covers and pretend it’s not true or fist pump.
My daughter turned 10. As in TEN. Years. Old.
I mean she literally was just born, well what feels like yesterday! Her blonde hair in ringlets, her thighs so chubby her onesie pajamas couldn’t zip past them. I can still see her with her warm and rosy chubby cheeks, and see her pleasantly plump little feet padding across the floor while she carries every lotion, tube-of-whatever, or cream all gathered up in her arms.
Now it’s all about Monster High dolls, chapter books, skinny jeans and converse shoes. Pierced ears, peace signs, feathers and yet she proudly wears her Great Grandma’s ring on her finger. But one thing still remains; she’s beautiful, smart and caring. Her smile infectious, her laugh contagious. And most importantly, no matter if she likes it or not, Haileigh is still my baby. Even if she is the oldest. Okay, okay I’m pulling up my big girl pants and moving on. Tomorrow.
For her 10th birthday she wanted cupcakes, the funfetti kind. With that came the challenge, to make funfetti from scratch. Hmmm. Cake flour -check, eggs -Cchhheckk, sprinkles chickity-check. It’s was as easy as pie-err cake!
First things first, you need to gather all of your ingredients.
First crack and separate the yolks from the whites. Not sure what I’m going to do with those yolks, but I’ll save them find a purpose – like a frittata! A special thanks to my oldest daughter for taking such excellent shots for me so I could use both of my hands. Photographer in the making??
Next add in the vanilla and the whole milk.
And whisk until the ingredients are well combined.
Then sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a separate bowl.
The dry ingredients should be light and airy.
Then place the dry ingredients into your mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment.
Next add in the softened butter and mix on low to medium-low speed until creamy!
Sprinkles! Who doesn’t love sprinkles? They’re right up there with scratch-n-sniff stickers, Faygo pop and hubba-bubba (the blueberry flavor!) *sigh*
Jimmies are the BEST sprinkles for funfetti cakes. They work waaaay better than the flat circular or the nonpareil sprinkles. Promise.
Then sprinkle them into the cake batter (see what I did there?) and gently fold them in by hand.
Consider sneaking off to a quiet corner with the spatula.
Next, line the muffin tin with fun paper cup liners or if you’d rather, use plain colored liners.
Next, fill the cups half way with the funfetti cake batter. Okay… okay, mine are more than half filled. I like tall cupcakes. 🙂
Then bake the cupcakes in a preheated 350°oven for 18-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes our clean. Watch carefully so not to over bake.
Let cool completely before frosting. I frosted these cupcakes with this cream cheese frosting but buttercream frosting works great too! Cream cheese was at my daughter’s request. 🙂
Lastly, top the frosted cupcakes with a few sprinkles which only further adds to their cuteness.
I probably should taste test these for quality control. Plus I’m dying to see what they looked like inside!
While the cake is fluffy and moist, the frosting is creamy and sweet. Above all they are fun and certainly bring a smile to your face. The perfect combination.
I also let my girls frost their own homemade confetti cupcakes because they’re kids, and kids love to be apart of the baking process. I think they did pretty good!
The cake itself isn’t overly sweet, which is how I like it! I still have a dozen or so left… who wants to stop by and help me finish them off? Inbox me!
Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
- 4 large egg whites
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups cake flour, sifted
- 1½ cups granulated sugar, sifted
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles, plus more for garnish
- 1 recipe for cream cheese frosting or vanilla buttercream
- Preheat oven to 350° and line a cupcake pan with paper liners.
- Combine the egg whites, vanilla whole milk. Whisk together and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl; sift the dry ingredients. Fitted with a paddle attachment, blend the dry ingredients with the butter and half of the milk and egg mixture. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl, and then slowly add the remaining mixture and stop mixing once combined.
- Fold in sprinkles and fill paper liners half way. Bake in preheated oven for 17-20 minutes. Watch carefully so you don’t over bake.
- Lastly, frost with the prepared cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with remaining sprinkles.
- Refrigerate any uneaten cupcakes.
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Egg yolks left over? Creme Brulee!! I dunno, Irish Cream Creme Brulee sounds might fine…if I do say so myself. 🙂 PS – Beautiful colors and decorating skillz (yup, with a "Z")
Yum – those look so good. Love how your homemade version has such vibrant colors from your sprinkles. Not pastel-ly like the box.
Time flies so fast with those little ones. I'm sure your baby girl (yes, she can always be called that) loved her homemade funfetti cupcakes. So cheerful!
LOL!! Irish Cream Creme Brulee does sound MIGHTY FINE!! Thanks for the ideas Megan!
Thanks Lisa! I really think that using these kind of sprinkles instead of the round or flat sprinkles helps the cupcakes retain the color! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks Amanda! 🙂
So cute!!! I love the way you frosted the cupcakes! So fun and colorful 🙂
Congrats!!! I mean, I'm sorry! I mean, hide the keys to your car! I mean, lock her in her room! I mean, GRAB A DRINK, MAMA!
nothing says birthday like funfetti! just perfect!
These photos are all gorgeous and your cupcakes look fantastic!
Thank you for a *scratch* funfetti mix!! Who hasn't had the box kind … and I can't wait to try yours.
How cute are those! Scary how fast kids grow up. Mine just started 1st grade and is counting the days until he is 6 and 1/2.
Aww what a great idea! They look so much better than boxed funfetti! Love these! 🙂
YUM!!!! YUM!!!! YUM!!!! You have the best recipes ever….!!!!!
I love being able to make these homemade. The funfetti box is by far my favorite box to buy, yours are beautiful!
No need to buy a boxed mix now. What a great recipe and step by step photos and instructions as always. Yummy!
Making cupcakes today for my son's 10 yr. birthday party! The time flies TOO quickly. Cheers!
So perfect for a 10 year old's birthday…in fact, perfect for anyone's birthday!
I love those cupcakes! They're really pretty! They're fun, and it gives lots of joy in a meal! Perfect for a birthday!
Very nice recipe and your oldest daughter did an amazing job with the pictures. Wait until your 10 yr turns 18!!!
So adorable and looks so simple and doable. I can't wait till I have a child's party so I have an excuse to make these!
Brilliant method-photos. I love the simplicity of these cupcakes yet you know they make a huge hit with kids. They actually look really chic and would be just as great served to an adult-only crowd too. I love clean white of the cake with the sprinkle of bright colour 🙂
Happy birthday to your little girl! And what fun cupcakes. Im not sure the child in us ever gets over the joy of a funfetti cupcake!
Happy belated birthday to your daughter. And, if it makes you feel any better, the best is yet to come…after she turns about 17 or 26. For your own good, in the future, try to pretend that 14 and 15 never happened. In the meantime enjoy your sweet daughter.
Beautiful photos, and delicious looking cupcakes!
Every single photo is absolutely stunning! And these little cupcakes look beyond gorgeous too 🙂 The 'inside' photo is just the final nail in the coffin as it were, i have never had funfetti anything would you believe but simply MUST now! Gorgeous recipe 🙂
I loved this cupcakes and I really enjoyed reading this blogpost! I favorited this on foodgawker!!! Hoping to make this as soon as possible! 🙂
OMG Terri I can't imagine them as teenagers! I swear that was yesterday for me! Where does the time go? Too fast… that's where!
Thank you Lauren!
The Procrastobaker~ Thanks so much!!
Thanks Maggie!! I hope you love them as much as my girls did! 🙂
There is nothing better then homemade funfetti cupcakes. I made some for my friends this past June to celebrate their bdays. It brings out the kid in all of us! Happy 10th Birthday to your little girl!
I have to admit, I love reading your blog and looking at all of the delicious recipes. This was the first recipe of yours that I have tried, simply because the colors were so vibrant, I had to see them for myself! They turned out to be the best cupcakes I have ever had! My boyfriend feels the same way. I have about 20 more still in my 'fridge. I did use buttermilk, and the cake was very
Kaleena! Thank you so much for commenting! I'm so glad you LOVE this recipe! As for the cakes not being "tall"… I tend to fill my liners to full, but also try checking your baking powder it might need to be replaced :). Thanks again for taking the time to comment. <3
These turned out awesome!! I made them too – but with some almond extract as well. YUM! thank youuuuu!! http://whatabigtodo.blogspot.com/2011/09/funfetti-cupcakes-part-2.html
Happy to hear you liked them Madeleine! Thanks for stopping by and leaving feedback! 🙂
I found your recipe on pinterest, and I am so glad I did. I made a half recipe for my son's 3rd birthday, I just sampled one while still warm for quality control, and they are so tasty. I used buttermilk, and a half recipe makes 24 mini cupcakes.
first time here and am drooling over ur cupcakes…such lovely pics and perfect instructions…so easy to follow…bookmarking right away…happy to follow u…
It is my mom's birthday tomorrow and she requested that I make her a jello cake, and I used this cake recipe to make a 2 layer one! 🙂 It worked out very well and everyone loved it! Thank you very much for the recipe, I still plan on making the funfetti cupcake version!
These look like the best cupcakes for a 10 year old, EVER! They also look great for me! I like the ingredient list. I need to remember to make them for someones birthday.
So excited to try this recipe out this weekend for a friends birthday! I'll let you know how it goes! 😉 janelovesbaking!
Thank you for making these!
My cupcakes came out flatter and pretty dense. I followed the recipe and am trying to figure out what I did wrong… Thoughts?
Just made these! They look, smell, and taste delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!
Made these with buttermilk…they came out sooo amazing! Made them for a friends birthday and they were a HUGE hit! Check it out! janelovesbaking funfetti
Made these cupcakes yesterday and they're awesome. Thanks for sharing!!
Laurie- I made these a few weekends ago as both cupcakes and cake pops for my daughter's 1st birthday. they were excellent!! I'd like to use them again for a bridal shower for cake pops- do you think it would taste the same without the sprinkles? And I saw that someone added almond extract- how much would you recommend adding if I did that? Thanks!
great job! those look delish 🙂 not to sound like anonymous who gave you a hard time about the ketchup (though i am happy to have the recipe)…but sprinkles are full of junk. i’m a baker, and even though i use sprinkles all the time, if you wanted to make it extra “scratchy”, you could make your own out of royal icing out of powdered sugar, water, and meringue powder if you have it- piped with a small circle tip. when they dry, you just break them into pieces
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I just made them with buttermilk. They turned out great except I used the tiny dot sprinkles and the batter turned kind of purple – but they still taste good.
I made these this evening for a group of young ones; the batter definitely needs more sugar (I would increase by at least 1/4 cup) and the frosting was super salty (I would decrease to 1/8 tsp.). Other than that they were good, I will make again with those substitutions and see what difference it makes.
This sounds like a great recipe! I am looking for a funfetti cake to make for my daughter’s second birthday. I’m going to make a 2 layer cake with a seedless raspberry jam filling. Do you think that would taste okay? Also, in your recipe, do you use powdered sugar? It says to sift the sugar so I can only assume it is powdered sugar you use in the cake batter. Let me know 🙂 Thank you!!
Amanda that sounds lovely! It’s actually regular granulated sugar and not powdered. Happy Baking!
hi my son is wanting a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. if i just ignore the sprinkles part of this it would be a vanilla cake yes?
I never looked at it that way, but I guess so! 🙂
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I’m doing the recipe right now and I’m wondering if there’s a way to substitute cake flour for something else because that’s the only ingredient I’m missing right now.
Hi Valerie! Go ahead and try it with all purpose flour, I can’t guarantee the results will be similar, but it shouldn’t hurt.
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