I generally tend to love desserts that are pretty, not overly sugary and are flavoured with real ingredients. But every once in a while the six year old inside of me asks for sweet, simple and overly colourful treats.
Enter funfetti. I have secretly always loved funfetti, as a child I was mystified how they got the rainbow bits into the cake mix and how they didn't just melt into a weird purpley mess. I also always thought funfetti was it's own flavour, ie. not vanilla. Because clearly plain vanilla is just gross. Or at least it was to my 6 year old self.
Funfetti had been lurking on the outskirts of my mind for the last few years, ridiculous I know. However, because I absolutely refuse to bake anything out of a box I never made, secretly assuming that the rainbow pieces were somewhat magical and impossible to recreate at home. Until the moment that I realized funfetti was just vanilla cake with sprinkles baked in. It took me until last year to fully realize this. I was slightly disappointed that it was just vanilla cake after all. But I still think the sprinkles make it taste different, or at least more fun.
These were super fun to make, every once in a while I think it's alright to break out mass amounts of sprinkles. Especially if they turn into pretty rainbow coloured cupcakes.
Funfetti Cupcakes. (vanilla base cupcake recipe adapted from here.)
1 1/4 C. cake flour.
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder.
1/2 tsp. baking soda.
3/4 C. sugar.
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla.
1/2 C. vegetable oil.
1/2 C. buttermilk.
1/2 C. sprinkles.
_sift together all off your dry ingredients.
_in an electric mixer beat the eggs for a few seconds and then add the sugar. beat and add the vanilla and oil.
_reduce mixer speed to low and alternate adding dry ingredients and milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
_mix in sprinkles.
_pour into prepared muffin pans and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees until golden/a toothpick comes out clean.
_frost with your favourite vanilla buttercream.
Vanilla buttercream. my most favourite recipe.1 1/2 cups icing sugar.1/4 cup flour.1/4 cup butter, room temperature.1/4 milk.1 tsp vanilla extract.
Whisk together dry ingredients. Add the butter. Pour in the vanilla and then the milk a bit at a time and beat until fluffy and a bit shiny, about 3-5 minutes in a stand mixer.