Bright rainbow sprinkles and a soft, buttery cupcake make these the BEST homemade Funfetti Cupcakes. Fluffy homemade vanilla rainbow speckled cupcakes that are worlds better than anything you will find in a box!
Now, I know there have to be like a million recipes for funfetti cupcakes out there. They're a classic! Plus, they're so pretty and fun, as is anything with sprinkles. But I just wanted to share my favorite go-to recipe for the best homemade funfetti cupcakes.
Look no further for that perfect, childhood favorite, funfetti cupcakes recipe. These are soft, fluffy, buttery cupcakes filled with fun rainbow sprinkles that make your mouth water. You will absolutely make these again and again!
Cutting Together the Butter and Dry Ingredients
Making these funfetti cupcakes is really easy. There is one part that might cause a little hiccup if you're unfamiliar with the procedure, and that is the cutting in of the dry ingredients and the butter. I use a pastry cutter for this, and just keep pushing it into the mixture until it's nice and crumbly.
You can also use a fork or two butter knives the same way with similar results. Either mash with the fork or criss-cross the butter knives to chop the butter into smaller pieces and combine it with the flour. No need to try to make the crumbles super small. Pea-sized or a little bigger is good.
Best Sprinkles for Funfetti Cupcakes
The absolute best sprinkles for funfetti cupcakes are rainbow jimmies. These are the best because they're soft so they dissolve while baking. They also do not bleed into the batter like other sprinkles, such as rainbow sanding sugar or nonpareils.
I have these rainbow jimmies, but FYI it's a massive quantity because I use them so often. You can also order a smaller quantity on Amazon or pick them up at basically any grocery store.
Best Frosting for Funfetti Cupcakes
These cupcakes are great because they're so versatile. You can top them with basically any flavor frosting, and they'll be amazing.
My favorite frosting for funfetti cupcakes is a classic vanilla buttercream topped with lots of pretty sprinkles. Buttercream is a classic that is so easy to make.
Here are some other ideas:
- Strawberry Buttercream
- Raspberry Buttercream
- Blackberry Buttercream
- Marshmallow Frosting
- Caramel Frosting
- Marshmallow Fluff
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Best Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
- 1.5 cups cake flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup milk room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- ½ cup rainbow sprinkles
For the Buttercream Frosting
- 1 batch buttercream frosting
- In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
- Add butter to dry mixture and cut in until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Add to the dry mixture in two additions, stirring until just combined.
- Fold rainbow sprinkles into batter.
- Scoop about ⅓ cup of batter into lined cupcake tins.
- Bake at 375-degrees for about 16-18 minutes, or until cooked through.
- Remove the cupcakes from the oven. Leave them in the tin for about 5 minutes to set before removing to a cooling rack.
- When cupcakes are done baking, prepare the buttercream with this recipe. (or your favorite frosting! See notes below.) Frost the cupcakes. Top with more sprinkles.
- Try frosting your cupcakes with a classic vanilla buttercream.
- If you don't have any buttermilk on hand, you can use this easy buttermilk substitution.
- For a quick and easy cake flour substitute, use this guide.
- Make these for different holidays by customizing them with different colored jimmies. Try red/green for Christmas, red/white/blue for fourth of July, red/pink for Valentine's Day, or orange/black/purple for Halloween.
- Make Ahead Directions: Cupcakes can be made ahead 1 day in advance, covered, and stored at room temperature. Frosting can also be made 1 day in advance, covered, and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. Beat frosting before frosting cupcakes to make it fluffy again.
- Storage: Leftover cupcakes keep well covered tightly in the refrigerator for 3 days.
- Freezer Directions: Frosted or unfrosted cupcakes can be frozen up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
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