Funfetti Cupcakes { sprinkles with a twist}

“I MEAN, C’MON NOW.  WHO DOESN’T LOVE A FUNFETTI CUPCAKE?”  Matt B. (my son, at the age of 20)

Funfetti Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

HaPpY 21st BiRtHdAy To My Son MATT!!!!

Why do I always feel my age on my kids’ birthdays!?!  So every year I ask my boys (young men!) what they would like me to make them for their birthday.  And Matt always wants a funfetti cake or funfetti cupcakes!  And so last year, when Matt requested funfetti, I asked if he didn’t think he was getting a little old for funfetti.  And my quote for this post was his reply!

Good for you Matt!  We should all remain kids at heart!  And the truth is…..WHO DOESN’T love funfetti cupcakes?!  So this year I asked for a compromise.  Maybe just a little something more sophisticated than your average sprinkle.  After all….he is officially and finally 21 today!  You will laugh when you read how I could even think that what I added was sophisticated!………

 

Since Matt’s birthday is so close to Christmas….I have to be careful that nothing that is used in celebration of his special day is green or red!  Last year, he wanted simple Vanilla Cupcakes with White Chocolate Buttercream FrostingThis year, I happened to find some blue raspberry sprinkles (one in the line by Duff of Ace of Cakes).  And I decided to pair this with chocolate sprinkles.  And so this delicious white cake was laced lightly with a sweet chocolate and raspberry crunch!  Here it is…..all stripped down……

 

Funfetti Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

I have to tell you…that I just might want to make these for MY next birthday!  I used a basic white cake recipe from King Arthur’s flour.  And it is light and delicious!  But if you make it…..try adding some special sprinkles that might add to the flavor like these blue raspberry sprinkles.  Or keep within a certain color theme like shades of pink.  It will just set your funfetti cupcakes apart from the rest!

 

YIELDS:  24 cupcakes

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY:  Easy

 

WHITE CAKE:

  • 2 3/4 cup of King Arthur’s cake flour
  • 1 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp of salt
  • 12 Tablespoon of unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large egg whites, plus one whole large egg
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of almond extract
  • 1/2 cup of assorted sprinkles.  (See the pic of the inside of my cupcakes below, and judge if you wish to increase the amount of sprinkles for your cupcakes.)

Preheat your oven to 350°F and line 2 twelve cup muffin tins with your really pretty papers. 

In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine the dry ingredients.  Mix on low speed, to blend.  Add the butter, cut in cubes, one or two at a time and continue to blend until your mix is evenly crumbly, like fine, damp sand.  Add the egg whites one at a time, and then the whole egg.  Beat well after each addition and scrape down the bowl as necessary. 

In a small bowl, mix the milk with the extracts.  Add this to the batter in 3 additions, beating 1-2 minutes after each addition until fluffy.  Don’t forget to scrape down the sides and the bottom of the mixing bowl. Add the sprinkles and fold in by hand.  Pour the batter into the cupcake tins, about 3/4 full and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool completely on a rack before frosting.

 

Funfetti Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

VANILLA BUTTERCREAM ICING:

  • 4 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 cups of confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of pure vanilla extract

This may seem like a lot, but I found it works well to frost 24 cupcakes.  I almost always double ANY frosting recipe that I find in cookbooks.  This is just a standard and quick icing that I’ve had forever.  You can add a little more sugar if it seems too loose, or if it seems too thick add some milk, 1 Tablespoon at a time.  Basically blend the butter in your mixer until very soft and creamy, about 4-5 minutes.  Slow down your mixer, and then add the sugar 1 cup at a time.  Add the vanilla and mix until smooth and creamy.  Use immediately.

 

Funfetti Cupcakes | From My Sweet Heart

So Happy Birthday, Matt!  I love you with all of my heart!  Here’s to many more years of funfetti together.  And may we always celebrate like we’re 21!  Smoooooooooooooch!

:-D

 

Comments

  1. Happy Birthday Matt! You have the coolest mom on the planet and she made you some seriously amazing funfetti cupcakes! Enjoy – and don’t forget to give her extra hugs! (and wear clean undies)

  2. Awwww Anne!!! Happy Birthday to your son Matt!!! I couldn’t agree more… “Who doesn’t love a funfetti cupcake?” : ) Your son is a lucky man to have such a wonderful mother to bake him homemade cupcakes not just on his birthday, but all year round. You really captured the fun of a funfetti cupcake with these beautiful cupcakes. I love how you rocked it with those blue raspberry sprinkles. They really took these cupcakes from cute to sophisticated. Now that’s what I call funfetti done right. :) I hope your son relished them and gave you a million hugs and kisses. Wish him all the best and I hope he remembers he got the best birthday present 21 years ago when he got you as a mother. :)

  3. Matt is SO, so true! I would love to have some funfetti cupcakes for my big day :) These look beautiful, Anne!

  4. Happy birthday to Matt! Sprinkles do have a way of bringing a smile to anyone’s face, especially if they are flecked in the cupcakes like these. I really like the color blend, they look gorgeous! Enjoy the day.

  5. Funfetti is my favorite. Great recipe, Anne. And happy birthday to your son! This is a perfect cupcake for celebrating!

  6. Happy Birthday to Matt! I agree with him who doesn’t love a funfetti cupcake? My hubby Matt’s birthday is the day after Christmas I am still trying to decide what to make him. :) The cupcakes look very grown up and delicious and if you were my mom I would be pretty stoked!

  7. I can’t imagine ever growing out of my love for funfetti cupcakes- especially gorgeous homemade ones like these- Happy Birthday to Matt!

  8. Belated happy birthday to your son! I think he has the right idea…no one is ever too old for funfetti, especially a homemade version. These are great.

  9. Happy Birthday to your son! He’s right, everyone loves funfetti cakes and these are so adorable!
    Happy Holidays Anne!

  10. Happy belated birthday, Matt!

    Anne–congrats on being Yummly certified. Hope you are having a great holiday!

  11. Hey thanks everyone for your birthday wishes for my son! I don’t know about him, but eating these funfetti cupcakes certainly helped to make ME feel younger! : )

  12. I don’t think you can ever be too old for any type of cake! I guess at least these are blue and not pink they’re slightly more manly…? :) Hope your son had a great 21st!

  13. Aww.. Happy Birthday Matt! The cupcakes look divine!

  14. Happy Birthday Matt! :D

  15. Anne, I spotted these cute cupcakes in your right margin. I was happy to view this older post so not to miss out on something great. I love the funfetti cupcakes and your son has excellent taste. Love the quote!

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