The Best Funfetti Cupcakes

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Ella Rubinstein, Writer

Linsay Conchar posted a recipe for homemade funfetti cupcakes on February 3, 2020. Lindsay posted it on the Life, Love, and Sugar website, and she is also the author, photographer, and recipe developer of this website. She began this journey back in 2012, and it has since expanded and loves to share her delicious dessert and even meal recipes. This particular recipe gets exactly a 5-star rating, so these have to be good cupcakes. These take about 45 minutes to prep and about 18 minutes to cook, and one batch will make you a dozen cupcakes. 

Ingredients:

Funfetti Cupcakes-

  • 1 1/4 cups (163g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, divided
  • 6 tbsp (84g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (155g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp (150ml) milk
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting- 

  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 cups (460g) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2–4 tbsp water or heavy cream
  • Pinch or two salt
  • Sprinkles

Instructions:

  1. Prepare a cupcake pan with cupcake liners and preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the egg whites to a large mixer bowl and set aside. Set aside the egg yolks for later use.
  4. Add the butter, sugar, oil, and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and cream together until light in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time. You should be able to see a visible change in the color and texture of the mixture when it’s ready.
  5. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
  7. Add half of the milk and mix until well combined. The batter might look a little curdled, but that’s ok.
  8. Add another third of the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
  9. Add the other half of the milk and mix until well combined.
  10. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over-mix the batter. Set aside.
  11. Grab the egg whites and whip on high speed with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
  12. Gently fold about half of the whipped egg whites into the cake batter and gently fold together until mostly combined.
  13. Add the remaining egg whites and sprinkles and gently fold together until well combined.
  14. Fill the cupcake liners about 3/4 full and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  15. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and place them on a cooling rack to cool.
  16. To make the frosting, add the butter to a mixer bowl and beat until well combined.
  17. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  18. Add the vanilla extract and 1-2 tablespoons of water or cream and mix until well combined.
  19. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
  20. Add additional water or cream as needed to get the right consistency of frosting. Add salt to taste.
  21. Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. I used Ateco tip 847. Add sprinkles, if desired.

These cupcakes have 476 calories per serving (serving size: one cupcake) and 54.4 grams of sugar per serving. This recipe can be doubled and could also work if you are making a layered cake. If you’d like to make jumbo cupcakes, Lindsay says that you may have to double the recipe, but she doesn’t usually make jumbo cupcakes so she can’t say for sure. She says to be aware that they will turn out a bit more dense. These cupcakes are great for any time of year when you are craving a sweet treat or if you have to bring something to a party.