Friday, September 2, 2011

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes


I love the sound of that word.  It makes it sound like it's a party in your mouth.

Were one of those kids that always loved funfetti cake mixes?  You know the kind that your mom would buy just for your birthday and if you got the funfetti frosting from the store also, it was like a perfect birthday?

I was totally one of those kids.

Mostly because my mom made almost everything homemade, so if we got something that was halfway store bought (like a cake mix) or completely store bought (like white bread or cereal) it was heaven at our house. It's the same at my house now.  I don't think my kids have ever had a funfetti cake mix from the store.  Poor kids, they are so deprived!

Not really but when I came across this recipe I thought it would be perfect for after school.  What kid doesn't love funfetti not to mention the mini cupcake on top.  I knew they would be in heaven.

This recipe is fantastic.  I love the vanilla flavor and the sprinkles make the cupcake so fun and festive.  Add some more yumminess to the top and more sprinkles and the kids (and adults) are in heaven.

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

(click here for printable version)

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 c. sugar
2 whole eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. milk
1/3 c. assorted brightly colored sprinkles plus more for top of frosting

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  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.

2.  Pour into cupcake tins and fill 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool, then frost. 

Makes about 12 cupcakes.

Vanilla Buttercream

2 sticks of butter, softened
2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. of cream (or milk)

1.  Cream butter in the bowl of an electric mixture until completely smooth and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, add in powdered sugar slowly. Gradually increase mixer speed and add vanilla and cream, then beat for 2-3 minutes, scraping down sides and bottom of the bowl.  If frosting is too thick, add 1 tsp. of cream 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 and mini cupcake, if desired.  Enjoy!

Source:  How Sweet It Is
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