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Birthday Cupcakes

Delicious recipe on how to make & decorate cute rainbow icing and funfetti birthday cupcakes. You can adapt the colours for any other occasion too!

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

My birthday came and went and I didn’t really celebrate it at all (well, the Husband took me to dinner) but I didn’t have a special cake this year! By the weekend, I decided that I would make myself a birthday cake… but I couldn’t decide what kind.  Originally, I wanted to do a nice purple velvet layer cake with cream cheese frosting, but I had that last year so I wanted to switch it up.  After going through my baking cabinet, I realized I had a bunch of cute cupcake liners, so I figured I’d incorporate my next favourite thing: rainbows!  All I needed were some rainbow sprinkles to complete my creation – “funfetti” themed birthday cupcakes.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

To make my cupcakes funfetti-ish, I simply adapted a plain white/vanilla cake recipe and added some sprinkles.  Here is the recipe I used:

White Cake Recipe

Preheat the oven to 350°F

  • 1/2 cup Softened Butter
  • 1-1/2 cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/3 cups Buttermilk

Beat the first two ingredients together, then mix in the rest.  I didn’t actually have buttermilk so I substituted a cream/vinegar mix instead (just add about 1 tsp. of white vinegar to cream or milk and let stand for a few minutes until it gets sort of chunky).

In a separate bowl, mix the following:

  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt

Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix/beat well.  Like I mentioned, I added some rainbow sprinkles (about half a container) and mixed it all up.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

If you’re making a cake, you can pour the batter into a greased and floured pan and bake for 30-35 minutes; if you’re making cupcakes, pour the batter into a muffin tin with cupcake liners (I lightly sprayed mine).

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

This recipe gave me 24 full sized cupcakes, and 6 mini cupcakes (although I’m sure I could have added a bit more batter to the regular sized cupcakes instead).  DIY/PRO Tip: If you have empty cupcake sections, make sure to fill them at least halfway with water so the pan doesn’t burn when it’s in the oven.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

I put the mini cupcakes on a cookie sheet (because they always seem to slip through the cracks on my oven rack) and kept them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

I left the regular sized cupcakes in the oven for another 8 minutes, although it would have probably been okay if it was only another 5 minutes, as they were a bit golden.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

Whenever I am cooling muffins or cupcakes, I always flip them on their sides.  It’s easier to scrape them out when they’re still warm (in case any batter got stuck to the sides or bottom), and you also don’t need to use another tray just to cool them off.  Once they are completely cooled, it’s time to make the icing!

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

I mixed up one batch of icing, and made it just a bit runnier than normal.  I then separated it into 4 different bowls and added a couple drops of food colouring to each.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

Once the icing colours were mixed thoroughly, I literally plopped them onto the tops of the cupcakes with my spoon.  I tried to make sure there was the same amount of icing from each colour on all the cupcakes, but I ended up with a bit more blue and green.

Check out this delicious recipe on how to make and decorate some cute homemade rainbow icing and funfetti cupcakes. These are perfect for any birthday - but I bet you can even adapt the colours for different occasions!

I loosely blended the colours using a butter knife, being careful to preserve the different colours and not to mix them all together.  I kind of like that they look imperfect – and I debated using a piping bag to put the icing on, but I was afraid that the colours would mix too much together.

Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes

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Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Softened Butter
  • 1-1/2 cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/3 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Icing
  • Food Colouring

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2

Beat the butter and sugar together, then mix in the eggs, vanilla and buttermilk.

3

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, powder and salt.

4

Combine both together then add sprinkles.

5

Pour batter into a lined (and sprayed) muffin pan

6

Bake for 15-18 minutes

7

Remove from oven when done and cool cupcakes

8

Prepare a few bowls of icing, and add one colour to each bowl

9

Swirl the colours together on the cupcakes

homemade-funfetti-cupcakes

An easy (and fun) recipe to try, whether you’re by yourself, or even if you have some helpers!  The pastel icing is perfect for Easter/spring time, and you could always adapt the colours depending on what holiday it is.  I was even thinking it might be cute to have blue and pink mixed icing for a baby shower.  So what do you think?  What are some other ways you could incorporate some rainbow icing into your life?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Nathalie
    March 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    When was your birthday??? I would have made you a cake!! Maybe not this cool looking though. But I would have tried. :)

    • Reply
      Nicole
      March 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      No worries! It was on Tuesday, and you did let me eat a brownie – which was delicious!

  • Reply
    Audrey
    March 10, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I made some store bought funfetti to take to a carnival and they were awful! thanks for the recipe so I can make my own. Thanks for sharing on the Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party. I hope you will join us again next week.

    • Reply
      Nicole
      March 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thank you! You could even do custom funfetti batter by customizing the colour sprinkles you use, the possibilities are almost endless :)

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