Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

June 20, 2011 at 9:00 am 1 comment

What says Happy Birthday better than colorful funfetti cupcakes? To celebrate one of my good friend’s mom’s birthday, we got together this weekend for a girl’s crafting afternoon. She has three boys, and so gets her fill of girl time with our occasional scrapbooking, card making, and other paper crafting activity dates. She has so many fun supplies, and has even built herself a crafting shed, full of paper, crafting tools, paint, and more fun things than I could ever imagine! I love her creativity – she has an eye for detail but never manages to go overboard. I love her pattern and color combinations, and all of her new crafting ideas! We all had a blast working on our own projects.



My mom painted some shells, a few to decorate her new office and one to hold her business cards. She was inspired by my shell snack dish and had to make a few for herself!




Amanda worked on some scrapbook pages, and Mrs. Ketcham pulled together a mini-scrapbook in memory of her mom.


I made a decoupage box, though I am not sure what I’m gonna use it for quite yet. Maybe as a hair pin collector? That was it’s undecorated use, so why change, right? The project kind of came together by accident… I searched through the scrap paper bin and found some colors that I liked, and then just played around with supplies from there! We all agreed that turning your brain off often leads to the best craft projects because it allows the most creativity to flow. Planning or intellectualizing your project too much often makes it feel… well, planned. We had so much fun that we are planning another crafternoon (that was totally a brain to keyboard typo, but I like it!) when I get back from Europe in the end of July.


To celebrate her creativity, Amanda and I made her homemade Funfetti cupcakes. These have the same visual appear of the boxed version, but with a few less mystery ingredients. I adapted the recipe to make it half wheat flour, and made a simple frosting to top it off. The cupcake was not overly sweet, which balanced out the really sugary frosting really well. I am really happy with the way these turned out (even if someone may have forgotten to add the vanilla ;)) and will definitely make these again! Just a warning, they are definitely a denser cupcake than the boxed kind, likely because of the heavier whole wheat flour. If your are looking for the same fluffiness, stick with all white flour, or add some more leavening agent.


Colorful Funfetti Cupcakes

For cupcake (recipe adapted from Happy Healthy & Whole)

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 1/3 cup white sugar

6 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1.5 cups whole wheat flour

1 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

2 cups sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 cupcake cups with paper liners. In a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. In a separate, larger bowl, combine flours, baking powder and salt. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix in the milk. Fold in the sprinkles. Evenly fill the cupcake tins with batter. Bake for around 20 minutes until just set. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.

For icing (recipe adapted from RecipeTips)

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tbsp water

1 tbsp light corn syrup

1 tbsp butter, softened

1 tbsp vanilla

food coloring to tint

Mix together all ingredients with a hand or electric mixer. Add water if too thick and powdered sugar if too thin to adjust for desired icing consistency. Tint to desired color with food dye. Icing will set as a glaze, not like a fluffy buttercream icing.

To see the evolution of our fun colorful cupcakes, see some more pictures below!


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  • 1. janiejackson  |  August 18, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    These look delicioius! I will try them very soon!


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