So… this whole sprinkles thing.

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It’s kind of getting annoying, right? Look at me! I’m obsessed with sprinkles! Wah wah wah. I need attention.   Yeah. Not cool. I may as well just slap on some glitter eyeshadow and tease my hair. But in reality, I’m so obsessed with sprinkles because now that I’m in my mid-to-late (read: really late) 20s, it’s not so appropriate for me to be walking around sporting the newest shade of Urban Decay and blinding folks with glistening flecks from my lids.   Um… what would you rather have? Me wearing loose sparkles on my eyes or a compulsion to bake you colorful vanilla cakes?

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So sprinkles it is. Everyone needs a vice.

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They are sort of like trashy gossip tabloids. Or the new, freakishly awkward version of 90210. Or chocolate covered bacon. Or skinny jeans.   I really have no business dealing with any of the above but I die a little inside when I don’t get what I want. I’m okay with being a walking celeb stalker, wearing pants that make me look like a stuffed sausage and knowing the exact story line on every tween drama.

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And making homemade funfetti cupcakes. I’m okay with that too. Funfetti cupcakes were always an obsession in our house growing up. Heck, they still are. Sometimes I still buy the boxed version. Yes I do. But I’ve also been making them from scratch for a loooooong time and really didn’t think you had any interest considering they are… hello… a vanilla cupcake with sprinkles. Simple. Yummy. Easy. Lovable.

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Don’t mind my crumbs. I’m messy.   So if you feel like creaming some butter and scooping some flour, you’re in for a treat. My favorite part? Different sprinkles. Wowza. Sometimes I use the regular old things – you may refer to them as jmmies, but I just can’t get behind that. Other times I use the nonpareils, which I love because they have super bright, fun colors. If you haven’t noticed, I like bright colors. And sprinkles. And glitter. And bacon. Okay I’m done. 

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makes 12 cupcakes

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 whole eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup assorted brightly colored sprinkles + more for top of frosting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Add half of the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Add the milk. Once mixed, add remaining dry ingredients. Fold in assorted sprinkles. Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool, then frost.

Vanilla Buttercream

2 sticks of butter, softened

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of milk, if needed

Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar slowly. Gradually increase mixer speed and add vanilla, then beat for 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl. If frosting is too thick, add milk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached If it’s too thin, add sugar gradually until it thickens. Frost cupcakes and top with sprinkles. 

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If you come vacuum the trillions of sprinkles off my floors, I’ll love you forever.

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408 Responses to “Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes.”

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    Marisa — June 1, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Sprinkles!!! omg. I LOVE sprinkles. So much in fact that I always double ice my ricotta cookies and add more sprinkles. Even so much that when I go out for ice cream I specifically ask for layers of ice cream and sprinkles. Now I want ice cream and it’s so hot and humid that I think I might just go get some!! :) Thanks for posting such wonderful ideas!!

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    • Jihane @Sinful Sundays — June 1st, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

      Came back on to get this funfetti recipe and saw your comment and can I just say—OMG!! I DO THAT TOO! Layer ice cream and sprinkles in a cone or a cup and then have them put more sprinkles on top? When I go to the Mister Softee truck the guy gets sooo pissed at me. But whatever, I want it like that!

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      • Marisa — June 1st, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

        Yes! That is exactly what I do!! Unfortunately, there is no ice cream truck that goes around my town. omg, if there was i’d be a million pounds. However, I go to this place called jitty joes and the girls get so aggravated with me it is funny! My boyfriend refuses to take me there. But hey, the is how i like my ice cream!! sprinkles!

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    j's Kitchen — June 1, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    Mine didn’t turn out right for some reason. Not sure what I did wrong.
    The first patch sank when I took them out, and on the second batch the icing didn’t look stiff like yours does in the picture…. ?

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:09 pm

      Hi J! They could have fell for a number of reasons – oven not hot enough (all overs differ in temperature), they needed to cook longer, or the oven door was opened during baking too many times to just name a few. As for the frosting, was your butter room temperature? That could have played a part but if I have problems with buttercream I usually just add a little more sugar and it stiffens right up!

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — June 1, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Oh man…stunning!

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    Elizabeth@The Sweet Life — June 1, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Totally, utterly gorgeous!

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    Casey — June 1, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Will vacuum for cupcakes

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

      Yesssss!

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — June 1, 2011 @ 3:46 pm

    Funfetti just makes everything better, don’t you think? You can’t possibly be unhappy when you are around it.

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    Katie — June 1, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    I’m right there with you on the sprinkle obsession. And I want to lick the frosting off of every single cupcake you made – it looks so thick and delicious. Would you just mail me a tub of your buttercream with sprinkles, actually?

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    Cupcake Activist — June 1, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

    I absolutely LOVE funfetti cupcakes. I made some two days ago and I, just now, realized that I packed one in my lunch. Wow, thanks for the reminder!

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    Kelly — June 1, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

    Adorable. Sprinkles are so you & so much more fun than boxed mix.

    P.S. Today I posed some bacon donuts & thought of you. :-)

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    Sammi — June 1, 2011 @ 5:11 pm

    I made these today for my boyfriend and I… they taste excellent. My cupcakes turned out a bit more yellow and not so fun-fetti like. I think it might be the differences between products in the US and Netherlands. :(
    Our “disco” sprinkles are not as colorful as the ones that you used.. saaaaaadddd..

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

      Glad you liked them Sammi!

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    Stephanie — June 1, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    Love you and your new site! But no print option? Waaaaaaaaaaaaa

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    • Stephanie — June 1st, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

      When I click Print it takes me to the print page, but the recipe isn’t there. Could just be me.

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      • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

        I think I fixed it! Sorry, still trying to figure things out with the new design.

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    Serena — June 1, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

    I seriously need to make these, like now. I love funfetti cake in vanilla fro-yo covered with sprinkles. Mmmm.

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    Kimber — June 1, 2011 @ 6:54 pm

    wowzas!
    1) the blog’s facelift is beautiful! love it so much!

    2) i seriously was just looking in my pantry for a cake mix, couldn’t find one and thought, i’m going to have to make them by scratch, and then here you come with an amazing sprinkle one! wahooo!!!

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

      Thanks Kimber!

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    Rachel @ NotRachaelRay — June 1, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    These look so good. I adore how much frosting you put on cupcakes–perfection!
    I know I already told you how much I like the new blog design, but I’m so glad you have a print button (please tell me you didn’t before, or I’ll feel really lame for all the copy/pasting I was doing).

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

      Hahah don’t worry – I didn’t! Well I did at times, but it usually didn’t work. :)

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    becky — June 1, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

    okay jessica, you really brighten my day! and i just thought of something you should try—-how about candied bacon using nonpareils???? it’s just a thought….a very tempting thought!! you only live once, girly :)

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

      Totally need to do that. ;)

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    Alyssa @ Life of bLyss — June 1, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    UHHH, I’ll do the vacuuming, you do the baking…. and we’ll both be happy forever (and fat… unless I’m doing a whole lotta said vacuuming).

    P.S. I looove your new layout! So cute.

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

      Thanks girl!

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    Connie — June 1, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    I will be making these!! I love your recipes! I have made like 5 of them since i found your blog a couple weeks ago. The peanut butter cookies with the cadied bacon (OMG, made two batches of those!!!!!) were soooo good! THanks for sharing your recipes!

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:04 pm

      Thanks Connie!

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    Lauren — June 1, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

    I am loving the new design! Its so cute! Great minds must think alike because I made a funfetti themed cake today also! (Its for breakfast!) :D

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    Emily — June 1, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    I made these today and they are by far the best homemade funfetti cupcake recipe I’ve tried :)

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

      Awesome! Thanks.

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    Mrs. Puma — June 1, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    YUM! These look awesome! I also haven’t been by since the site redesign, so I want you to know I love it (I’m just a little behind)!

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

      Thank you!

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    Saba — June 1, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    I just made a similar recipe to this for a 3 layer funfetti cake with white chocolate buttercream frosting and strawberries and blueberries for the filling. I can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    Gini — June 1, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    I never thought of adding those kind of sprinkles in the batter. It looks so amazing. Looks like so much fun! The colors came out great. I think my kids would love that! They can help throwing them in. I’ll be trying this recipe!
    Gini

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    Salah@myhealthiestlife — June 1, 2011 @ 11:17 pm

    omg these sound amazing! I love funfetti sooo much! The colors are such happy colors!

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    Te'Shar — June 2, 2011 @ 12:24 am

    These look so fun to make!! Ps: I love the blog’s new look! :)

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

      Thanks Te’Shar!

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    Sarah@Crazy Love Gamble-Style — June 2, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    I think these cupcakes look amazing!! I LOVE your blog, the recipes, your writing, it is all WONDERFUL!! Everyone seems to love the new design, I think it looks nice but I LOVED it even more before, I hate to admit that. I’m sure I will get used to it : )

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I know what you mean… change is hard. I hope it grows on you. :)

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    Katrina — June 2, 2011 @ 2:29 am

    Super duper cute! I also love sprinkles. Awesome.

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    Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds — June 2, 2011 @ 6:25 am

    I love your obsession with sprinkles! A little bit of color can jazz anything up! Have I mentioned that you are becoming fantastic with the cam.era! KEEP IT UP!

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

      Thanks so much Lee!

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    Jessica — June 2, 2011 @ 9:41 am

    These look amazing! Did you use cake flour or just regular all-purpose?

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

      All purpose!

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    Jessi E — June 2, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    I made these last night and they didn’t turn out very well. They were gorgeous, but tasted more like bread with sprinkles than cake. I am thinking I may have used the wrong kind of flour-did you perhaps use cake flour instead of regular?

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

      Hi Jessi! Sorry they didn’t turn out… I did use all purpose flour, did you measure all the ingredients? Not sure why they would not be sweet!

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      • Jessi E — June 2nd, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

        I did measure them all. I’m pretty OCD about that when it comes to baking. I think I’ll give it another go-maybe I’ll have better luck next time.

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    Toni — June 2, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    I…I mean, *cough* my daughter will love these!!! I see yet another fun baking adventure for us soon!

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    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — June 2, 2011 @ 11:48 am

    I still buy the boxed version too! In fact, my birthday cake since the age of about 4, has always been a funfetti cake!

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

      It’s just so good!

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    paula louise — June 2, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    so i made these last night…and UMM TO DIE…but i made the frosting too…and it was super runny….not sure what i did???? and love the new look on the site :)

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    • Jessica — June 2nd, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

      Glad you liked them Paula! You can always add more sugar to the frosting if needed when it gets runny!

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    Emily (The Culinary Couple) — June 2, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    My husband LOVES funfetti cupcakes, and I can’t wait to make this homemade version for him. Yum!

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    Larie — June 2, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    Please keep wearing the latest shade from Urban Decay! ;)

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    Brandee — June 2, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    I tried making these today. They came out very dense and not very light and fluffy. What am I doing wrong? I’m fairly new to baking so I don’t have any clue what went wrong. I followed the recipe exactly.

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    Amy @ A Little Nosh — June 2, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    My family is so obsessed with Funfetti that my mom made my brother a groom’s cake for his wedding using Funfetti cake mix. I like it, but I’m more of a chocolate gal. Yet I’ve pinned this recipe because my son would LOVE colorful cupcakes like this. And I like to make that kid smile.

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    Rebecca — June 2, 2011 @ 10:28 pm

    SUCH yummy cupcakes. I love how dense they are. One thing to tell bakers that i completely let slip… USE THE WHITE VANILLA EXTRACT! One thing i love so much about this blog entry is the look of the white fluffy icing. I was very disappointed the second i dropped in the brown vanilla extract and realized I wasn’t going to get it. Love your blog!

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    Eva — June 3, 2011 @ 1:44 am

    Those are awesome!! I love how much brighter they turned out than boxed funfetti cakes, too. Just lovely :)

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    Tracy — June 3, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    My husband LOVES funfetti. I mean loves it. And yet for some reason I’ve never made them from scratch…guess I have no excuses now! ;-)

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    d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo — June 3, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    I love making funfetti cupcakes! I was waiting for the day you’d try to make them!! I made some a few months ago (http://yellebellyboo.blogspot.com/2011/03/funfetti-cupcakes.html) but I used long sprinkles (what we call Jimmies in New England) and the color was more spotted than yours, which swirled more. I had really wanted to make a funfetti CAKE, but I couldn’t find a recipe. Apparently proportions in the batter change between cupcakes and cake. If you find a recipe, please let me know!

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    • Jessica — June 3rd, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

      I will do some testing and try to figure it out!

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    JulieD — June 3, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    These look amazing! I just pinned them because I have to try them soon!

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    Michelle @ KissedBySweets — June 3, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

    Mmmm everytime I try to make funfetti cupcakes from scratch, my sprinkles just melt into the cupcakes and don’t show! And I looooove sprinkles! These look amazing and I will try it your way!

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    Danielle A — June 3, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Just had to say, I really like that the sprinkles are not even and perfect on all of them. Adds variety, and movement for the eyes! :)

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    Marissa — June 3, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    WOW! I have not stopped thinking about these cupcakes since you posted them! haha I made a special trip to the store to get the necessities- milk and sprinkles. :) I can’t wait to make these this weekend!

    -Marissa
    http://noraisinsonmyparade.com

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    Maria — June 3, 2011 @ 7:58 pm

    Love these! Great for kids and adults!

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    what katie's baking — June 4, 2011 @ 2:37 am

    mmmmmm i cant wait to make these!!!

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    Beth Michelle — June 4, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    I love you for making these and posting them. Funfetti is my little guilty pleasure, I love it. I moved to Israel and it’s a land where boxed cake mixes dont really exist. So thank you, now I have my fix for my guilty pleasure.

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    Amanda — June 4, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

    I love bright colors, sprinkles, glitter and bacon too! And I’m going to make these next chance I get.

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    Linn — June 4, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    I’ll vacuume your floor, if you make a whole bunch of cupcakes for me! ;)

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    Abby — June 4, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    I wish mine came out right!!!
    But they turned purple haha
    Not sure how that happened?

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