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These Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes are perfect for any birthday party! Simple to make, no boxed mixes required, and perfectly moist and fluffy.

Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes on a white countertop.

Make it a happy birthday with these fun, colorful cupcakes. They are easy to make, and perfectly soft and delicious. If you are looking for a Funfetti Cake, be sure to check out my recipe for an entire 3 layer Funfetti Cake.

What kind of sprinkles should I use?

You can use any kind of regular jimmy sprinkle. A rainbow mix is the traditional choice, but you can feel free to mix and match to your liking, or the liking of the birthday boy or girl. DO NOT use nonpareil sprinkles when making funfetti birthday cupcakes as they tend to bleed and dissolve.

What flavor is funfetti?

Funfetti is a a vanilla cake with colorful sprinkles mixed in. It has a strong vanilla flavor.

How full should I fill my cupcake liners?

For this recipe, only fill your cupcake liners half of the way full. These cupcakes will rise quite a bit!

Close up of a funfetti birthday cupcake with the wrapper undone and a bite taken out of it.

What kind of frosting should I use?

As written, this recipe uses a plain vanilla buttercream. You can use any kind of frosting you’d like for these including chocolate buttercream or a chocolate or vanilla cream cheese frosting. There are many different kinds of frostings that pair well with funfetti cake.

What tip should I use on my piping bag?

The tip that you use on your piping bag will different designs to your frosting as it is squeezed out. If you choose to add sprinkles to your frosting, you will need a very wide opening on your tip to allow the sprinkles to pass through. If you want to use a tip with a smaller opening, DO NOT add sprinkles to your frosting.

Looking for a different flavor? Please enjoy these other cupcake options as well:

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Close up of a funfetti birthday cupcake with the wrapper undone and a bite taken out of it.
These Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes are perfect for any birthday party! Simple to make, no boxed mixes required, and perfectly moist and fluffy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Ingredients

CAKE

  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

FROSTING

  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles for decorating
Instructions
  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar together. Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Beat in eggs, buttermilk, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Slowly add in flour until just combined.
  • Gently stir in sprinkles using a rubber spatula. Do not over stir or colors will bleed.
  • Fill each cupcake liner 1/2 full. Bake in the 350 degree oven for 15 to 18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Remove cupcakes from tin and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make frosting, beat softened butter with vanilla extract and 2 cups powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Slowly add in remainder of powdered sugar and use milk to thin as needed. Transfer to a piping bag to frost. Decorate with additional sprinkles.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Funfetti Cupcakes
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