Everyone’s favorite funfetti cupcake in mini form! Homemade funfetti cupcakes from scratch.
I’ve been wanting to bake something from the Sweetapolita cookbook since I got it months ago, but really needed a special occasion to do any of her gorgeous creations justice. L’s birthday seemed the right time! And just a note, I bought Rosie’s cookbook with my own money. Her blog is one of my favorites and every single recipe I’ve ever made of hers has come out amazing. I had no doubt that the cookbook would be incredible (it is!).
So while I could have made one of the many layer cakes included in the cookbook, I wanted to continue with the theme of mini cupcakes instead. The mini desserts really lent themselves to a party where people were sampling several desserts and doing a lot of eating while standing and chatting. These mini funfetti cupcakes, with adorable little animal sprinkles I’d found at TJ Maxx a while ago, were the most popular dessert by far. We refilled the plate of cupcakes a couple of times because they just kept disappearing!
The cupcakes were light, fluffy and sweet. The buttercream? It was sweet but flavored with vanilla bean making it extra delicious. I’m going to risk being ostracized by the blog community by saying this, but I don’t usually like funfetti desserts. I’m just not a sprinkles person (insert GASP). But these cupcakes, yeah, they had me at fluffy frosting.
- 200g (1¾ cup) cake flour, sifted
- 240g (1 cup + 3 tablespoons) granulated sugar
- 10g (2 teaspoons) baking powder
- 3g (1/2 teaspoon) salt
- 90g (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold and cut into tablespoons
- 180 milliliters (3/4 cup) milk, at room temperature (I’ve had success with any type of milk)
- 5 milliliters (1 teaspoon) pure vanilla extract
- 3 milliliters (1/2 teaspoon) lemon juice
- 160g (4 large) egg whites at room temperature
- 60g (~1/2 cup) confetti quins (use something like this for best results, regular sprinkles or jimmies will melt into the batter)
- 280g (1¼ cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1 gram (1/8 teaspoon) salt
- 410g (3¼ cup) powdered sugar, sifted
- 60 milliliters (1/4 cup) whole milk (use whole for best results; if using low fat or fat free milk, start with smaller amount)
- 10 milliliters (2 teaspoons) vanilla bean past or pure vanilla extract
- Additional confetti quins or sprinkles for decorating
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line mini cupcake pans with cupcake liners or grease the cups with butter flour or non-stick cooking spray; set aside
- Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into the large bowl of an electric mixer; use paddle attachment to mix on low speed while adding butter one piece at a time; mix until combined (butter pieces should be in pea-sized clumps with dry ingredients)
- In a medium bowl or small cup, whisk together half of milk, vanilla and lemon juice and set aside
- In a medium bowl or measuring cup, lightly whisk together egg whites and remaining milk; set aside
- Turn mixer to medium-low speed and gradually add the vanilla mixture; beat on medium-low speed for five minutes (do not overmix)
- Use a spatula to scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl; add ⅓ of the egg white mixture and mix on low speed until combined; repeat with remaining egg white mixture (do not overmix!)
- Use a spatula to fold in confetti quins
- Distribute batter evenly among cupcake cups (filling each cup about ⅔ of the way full) with a small ladle or cookie dough scoop
- Bake for 11-12 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from center of cupcakes
- Allow cupcakes to cool for five minutes and then remove from pan to cool completely; set aside and make frosting
- In the large bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter and salt on medium speed until pale and creamy (5-10 minutes)
- Add ⅓ of sugar and mix on low speed until combined; repeat until all sugar is incorporated; add milk and vanilla and mix on low for one minute; increase speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy, about six minutes
- Pipe immediately or store in refrigerator up to three days and bring to room temperature before using (may need to beat again before use)
- Sprinkle additional confetti quins over frosting
- Cupcakes best enjoyed within two days; keep lightly covered at room temperature
Cupcakes can be baked in advanced and frozen in an airtight container for one month before frosting and serving; bring to room temperature before frosting
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