by Manasi

There are many cakes that are appropriate for birthdays. A solid choice is always chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. But then there’s funfetti, which is in a class of its own. I remember having this as a kid and having my mind blown. Sprinkles…in the cake? Who thinks of this? My favorite part was definitely the sprinkles in the frosting that were all chewy. All in all a solid product.

I came across a funfetti recipe and knew it would be the perfect end to a birthday brunch for a friend. This is a pure white cake to which you add sprinkles–whatever type you like. I chose the tiny spheres, for their colors. What I didn’t realize was that any sort of movement would cause them to spill everywhere. I think I’m still cleaning up those damned sprinkles. Seriously.

Besides the mess, everything about these was excellent. They were perfect for a birthday and though the sprinkles didn’t turn mushy, it was good having a nice crunch with your cupcake. A couple notes: the original recipe failed to put any salt in both the cake and frosting. I added about 1/4 tablespoon, but it could probably use a little more. Also, don’t overmix the batter once you put the sprinkles in or else the batter will get really streaky. Not a big deal, but it can ruin the effect. Either way, revisit your childhood–it will be fun!

Funfetti Cupcakes

adapted from How Sweet it Is

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 whole eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup assorted brightly colored sprinkles + more for top of frosting

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and cream until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a separate medium bowl. Add half the dry ingredients, then all of the milk, then rest of the dry ingredients, being sure to mix well between each addition. Gently fold in the sprinkles.

Divide between 12 cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes

Vanilla Buttercream

2 sticks of butter, softened
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of milk, if needed

Cream the butter in an electric mixer until smooth at medium-high speed. Turn down the speed of the mixer and slowly start adding the powdered sugar. After all the sugar is added, increase the speed of the mixer and add the vanilla. If the frosting is too thick, add some milk.

2 Comments to “Funfetti!”

  1. This is one of those moments where it’s painfully aware that we’re sisters. I LOVE confetti cake so much. It really is in a class of its own. And yes, my favorite part was the mushy frosting sprinkles, too.

  2. Hey Manasi,
    You blog is awesome! Weird I made cupcake for a birthday brunch too..Im gonna have to try some of the fun cakes you have done!

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