Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Frosting piped with French and star tips – see below to win them and more!

Happy April! I’m excited to kick off the month with a giveaway and a fun recipe for homemade funfetti cupcakes. This month I’m challenging myself to make as many homemade versions of typically storebought items as I can, and I’m starting with this classic cake mix. Other potential projects: homemade condiments like ketchup and mayo, Nutella, Hostess cupcakes…the list can go on! (Any other ideas or requests? Email me please!)

I’ve actually made funfetti cupcakes once before, but I thought I would try again and tweak the recipe a little to make it my own. Go to the bottom of the post for the recipe. If you want to decorate your own cupcakes like mine, keep on reading…

There have been some exciting developments over at 52 Kitchen Adventures recently. The site look has changed (if you read this via RSS feed, go check it out), plus the blog has joined Sacramento Connect and Facebook. To celebrate, I bought some cupcake decorating accessories over at Bake It Pretty to share with you all:

1. The Best-Ever Cupcake Icing Kit, which includes:

  • 4 jumbo decorating tips: round, star, closed star and French
  • 14″ pastry bag
  • A bonus flamingo cupcake topper

2. Blue polka dot baking cups

3. A bottle of colorful sprinkles so you can make your own homemade funfetti cupcakes

Put it all together, add some butter and sugar and you’ll be all set to decorate some cupcakes! I have lots of cupcake recipes if you need any inspiration.

To enter the giveaway:

Become a fan of (“like”) 52 Kitchen Adventures on Facebook (already a fan? suggest the page to friends who may be interested) and leave a comment on this post telling me that you’ve done so.


Extra entries:

Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following and leaving a separate comment for each completed item.

1. Follow KitchAdventures on Twitter and tweet the following: I just entered the #giveaway for a cupcake decorating kit from @KitchAdventures! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/4v5jcun

2. Subscribe to 52 Kitchen Adventures via RSS or email (if you’re already a subscriber, that counts too!)

3. Write about this giveaway on your blog


The small print:

All entries must be received by midnight EST on Tuesday, April 5th. I will use a random number generator to select the winner and announce on Wednesday. Also, I will ship internationally, so anyone can enter.

Good luck and thanks for entering!


Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Adapted from CakeSpy

Makes around 10-12 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 6 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/8 C rainbow jimmies

For the frosting:

    •  1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 t vanilla extract
    • 2 C powdered sugar, sifted
    • 1-2 T milk
    • More sprinkles for decorating


To make the cupcakes:

Preheat oven to  350° F. Line muffin tin with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl with an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter until well combined. Add the egg and egg white, one at at time, mixing thoroughly in between. Mix in vanilla.  Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Fold in rainbow jimmies, then fill cupcake liners with 1/4 cup batter (they should be 1/2 – 2/3 full). Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a  toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

To make the buttercream frosting:

With an electric mixer, beat the butter for 2-3 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add in the vanilla extract. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar on low speed. Add in 1 tablespoon of milk and increase speed to high. Beat for 2-3 more minutes, until frosting is light and fluffy. Add more milk or powdered sugar, if needed, to achieve desired consistency. Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes, then garnish with sprinkles.

32 Comments on Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

  1. LauraT
    April 1, 2011 at 11:08 am (11 years ago)

    well, I think you already knew that I “liked” you. But I did make it official on FB 🙂 I have yet to win a giveaway on a blog so I’ll cross my fingers!

  2. Kate
    April 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm (11 years ago)

    Homemade funfetti? I love it! How adorable. I just liked you on facebook!

  3. Tanya
    April 1, 2011 at 1:59 pm (11 years ago)

    Already a subscriber….

  4. Andrea
    April 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm (11 years ago)

    I became a fan!

  5. Andrea
    April 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm (11 years ago)

    And I already suscribe through email…if that counts. 🙂

    Your new challenge is such a good idea! Some ideas: Nut butter, ice cream, chips and crackers (but perhaps you’ve already tried these.)

  6. Meghan
    April 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm (11 years ago)

    I love funfetti cupcakes! Yours look so pretty 🙂

  7. Evan @swEEts
    April 2, 2011 at 9:40 am (11 years ago)

    I love coming up with homemade versions of store bought treats 🙂 Your cupcakes look fabulous and I already follow you on twitter!
    Evan @swEEts recently posted Banana Crumb Muffins

  8. Kita
    April 2, 2011 at 7:16 pm (11 years ago)

    I already have the icing tips so please dont enter me in your giveaway – I just wanted to say that funfetti cupcakes are so much fun and I love them! I think your theme of making things from scratch for the month is awesome too.

  9. Suzy
    April 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm (11 years ago)

    I entered on Facebook & Twitter!

    Homemade funfetti? Mmmm! I hope someone’s birthday is coming up so I can find an excuse to make these!

  10. Hannah kim
    April 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm (11 years ago)

    I want it!! I follow you because you are absolutely amazing!

  11. Caitlin
    April 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm (11 years ago)

    I just “liked” you, but I liked you all along 🙂 I also vote for homemade krispy kreme style doughnuts….not the healthiest, but i just want to know how they get so fluffy!

  12. irina
    April 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm (11 years ago)

    ohhh be still my cupcake loving heart! i love you on facebook and i love your blog!! 😀 <3

  13. Julia
    April 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm (11 years ago)

    These are very tasty!

  14. Hayley
    April 3, 2011 at 8:31 pm (11 years ago)

    Already a fan of your awesome website on FB! Keep the creative recipes (and pictures!) coming 🙂

  15. Danica
    April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm (11 years ago)

    I already liked you! Oh, on Facebook? Done!

  16. Danica
    April 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm (11 years ago)

    I also tweeted about you!

  17. Ayse Russo
    April 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm (11 years ago)

    I like you 😉

  18. Lynda Del
    April 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm (11 years ago)

    I LIKE you on Facebook. ID: Lynda Castillo

  19. Lynda Del
    April 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).

  20. sheri
    April 5, 2011 at 9:02 am (11 years ago)

    Already a fan and need a good reason to bake! YUMMY!

  21. Foodness Gracious
    June 7, 2011 at 9:21 am (11 years ago)

    Great looking blog and a pleasure to like and subscribe!!

    • Stephanie
      June 7, 2011 at 1:56 pm (11 years ago)

      @Foodness Gracious – thank you! 🙂

  22. Becky
    March 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm (10 years ago)

    I liked you on FB and tweeted on Twitter. I was just diagnosed Celiac and homemade recipes give me lots of opportunities to make things Gluten Free. Thanks for all you post!

  23. Becky
    March 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm (10 years ago)

    Oops! I guess the giveaway is closed….. I didn’t look at dates. LOL….still followed and liked anyway!

  24. Jenn Miller
    April 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm (10 years ago)

    I’m really happy I found your blog. I have been looking for a healthier way to celebrate my daughters 3rd birthday. She loves Funfetti cupcakes which I am sorry to say are usually store bought or the mix comes in a box. This year though I want her party goers to leave with a full stomach w/o a tummy ache due to too much sweets. Your recipes will def help. Wish me luck!


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