Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Funfetti Cupcakes with Cake Batter Frosting

Cake batter? Frosting that's out of this world? Sprinkles? Fluffy cupcakes? These crazy-tasty cupcake have all of those things. And another added bonus...cake batter! Who doesn't love that flavor?

It's a good thing I posted a healthy recipe a couple days ago to make up for the sugaryness I bring you today. But let's face it - all these layers of sugar flavor make for one downright tasty cupcake.

{I had every good intention of making these funfetti cupcakes; I had them all planned out in my head beforehand. But I got so excited in the process of making these that I completely forgot about the sprinkles until the batter was scooped into the cupcake liners. Then I got all brilliant and thought that if I'd just quick mix sprinkles into the batter in the liners that it would turn out all fine. 

Well, no such luck which is why my funfetti cupcakes look so pathetic (see below). I basically included the picture just for kicks and because their innards are so fluffy and beautiful, with or without sprinkles.}

Now that the explanation for the picture below is out of the way, I just want to explain why I love this cupcake recipe so much. 

It's from the cookbook Crazy About Cupcakes. I love that cookbook. It has so many creative cupcake and frosting recipes, this one probably being my favorite. 

Why is it my favorite, you ask? 

Well, it makes just the right amount of cupcakes...about 16 each time. To make things even better, you don't waste any egg yolks or whites! You still whip the whites to make the cupcake nice and fluffy, but you also incorporate the yolks so nothing goes to waste.

Paired with this thick and creamy cake batter flavored frosting (Seriously, it tastes exactly like it!), these cupcakes are really nothing short of amazing. I cannot even begin to explain how much I love the added flavor of cake mix in frosting. And with sprinkles?! The world's always a little happier with some added color! 

Funfetti Cupcakes
{recipe from the cookbook Crazy About Cupcakes}

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, separated & at room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
2-3 T. sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until combined.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. 

With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk until combined. 

In a small bowl with clean beaters, beat the egg whites on high speed until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. With a rubber spatula, stir a little of the whites into the batter to lighten it, then fold in the remaining whites until combined. Do not over mix. Gently fold in the sprinkles.

Fill cupcake layers three-quarters full. Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Frost when cooled

Cake Batter Frosting

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened to room temp.
1/2 cup yellow cake mix
1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar*
1 tsp. butter extract
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 T. milk
2 tsp. sprinkles

Sift the cake mix into a mixing bowl. Throw away any grainy pieces from the mixture that does go through the screen of the sifter. Add in the powdered sugar and butter; mix until combined. Add in the butter extract, vanilla, salt, and milk, and mix until smooth. Gently fold in the sprinkles.

*Start with approximately 1 1/2 and add more if needed. If the batter's thin because you accidentally added too much milk, you might want to add more powdered sugar. It's also not a bad idea to give it a taste and make sure it's not too buttery. You do want it to have a buttery flavor so it resembles cake-batter taste, but you also want it to be sweet and not just taste like butter. I made it twice and both times used sugar amounts in that range.

Makes 16 cupcakes and enough frosting to frost 16 cupcakes.

Linked to Inside Bru Crew Life (Time to Sparkle), Buns In My OvenSix Sister's Stuff


  1. These Funfetti Cupcakes look so delicious! I'd love for you to link up a few yummy recipes at my weekend link party@The Weekend re-Treat!
    on The Best Blog Recipes if you haven't already!

    Hope to see you there!


  2. Love this. These look so tasty.

    I'd love for you to link this up to Wonderful Food Wednesday this week.. or one or two other recipes if you'd like. We're always ready to go on All She Cooks at 7pm Central on Tuesday, if you'd like to join us.

  3. Yum!! I'm definitely giving these a try soon! Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz


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