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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438 Responses to “Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes.”

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    Kate — May 11, 2014 @ 5:20 pm

    When you say stick of butter, how big is the stick of butter? Because I only have a big block of butter lol


    • Maddie — July 29th, 2014 @ 2:03 am

      Generally a stick of butter is half a cup!


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    Melissa cutright — July 24, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

    I’m making these funfetti cupcakes for my daughters first bday party,and I’m also making a big cupcake cake using the giant cupcake pan:) do you have a recipe using these same ingredients but for a cake:)??


    • Catrina — May 20th, 2015 @ 1:19 am

      Cake and cupcake recipes are one and the same. Fill your cake or cupcake pan 3/4 full, and adjust the bake time, less for cupcakes. Use a cake tester to test for doneness.


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    Kiki — August 25, 2014 @ 8:01 am

    I don’t know why this recipe hates my guts. :(

    The first time I made them, over a year ago, they came out really weird. Almost like a chewy consistency with a bubbled top. I blamed the flour, because I couldn’t remember if I had swapped our the flour type in my flour jars.

    Any way, this time I used fresh AP flour and the same thing happened.

    I follow the recipe to a T.

    Any tips?


    • roni — November 2nd, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

      Ok so I’m making some with cake flour…. I was wondering what type to use. I’ll let you know how they turn out!


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    Sharon — January 22, 2015 @ 2:05 pm

    I just asked my 28 year, his birthday is today. What would you like for cake and he says funfetti cupcakes, I was shocked but figured at the least I could make them from scratch. I am not a baker, but have a kitchenaid mixer and everything it takes to make them. Bringing them to a restaurant tomorrow night! thanks for the recipe!


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    Kandria — January 26, 2015 @ 7:10 pm

    how come the batter is white


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    irritated — February 1, 2015 @ 4:47 am

    wasted so much ink, where is your link to print this out simply, without all the unnecessary pictures comments?


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    Joy — February 23, 2015 @ 9:04 pm

    I just love them ! It’s the second time i do the recipe, i don’t know why but my pastry is not white like yours (maybe cause of the yellow of the egg??) et the sprinkles just disappears once they are cooked… :( I’m so disappointed i’d like to do it for a bday coming in one week… Can you help me finding the solution please…?

    Thank you very much and have a good day !


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    Quinn — March 17, 2015 @ 2:25 pm

    These cupcake photos have me straight up swooning! So beautiful. I wish I could just pull them straight out of my computer. Life is hard right now!


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    Beth — June 11, 2015 @ 8:10 pm

    Just made these and they are so yummy! I was afraid after reading the comments but mine turned out amazing. Batter is white and frosting is so good I can’t stop eating it!


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    Whitney M — July 19, 2015 @ 10:26 pm

    I hadn’t made these in years, but I always come back to this specific recipe. It’s the best I’ve tried, and it’s so easy. Tonight, I had some sour cherries on hand and whipped up a simple frosting with them pureed in, and the cupcakes went great with it. Of course, I added plenty of sprinkles.


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    Andie @ The Well Bread Baker — August 22, 2015 @ 11:06 am

    Just made these on my blog… they are so delicious! I swear there is no better cupcake than a Funfetti cupcake :) Thanks for the recipe!


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    Alicia — September 12, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

    i didn’t have any butter available, so i used oil. the batter looked and tasted fine but when baked the cupcakes didn’t have the dome shape they were just flat and tasted a but off. but thats on the no butter aspect i guess. overall, great recipe!!!


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