Friday, August 24, 2012

Funfetti Cupcakes

FACT: Everyone loves funfetti. I dare you to frown when someone hands you a funfetti cupcake (or while were at it, any cupcake!) Impossible. It's such a friendly little treat.

I made these for one of my primary students, Ben. You met him on my last life lately post when we put on the armor of God. Ben has a special place in my heart. He's quiet and shy, and has some difficulty expressing himself. Some days he won't say two words, other days he will relay an entire movie, scene by scene. I was a introverted kid myself (shocker, right?) so I like to think I understand him a little, and try to pull him out of his shell.


So when I made these for his birthday, I knew he'd give a suppressed smile, a quiet thank you, and run off with a handful of them.

Recipe guaranteed to make children happy. And bring you back to your childhood.

Confetti cake:

 adapted from Sprinkle Bakes 

1 1/4 cups cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. cups buttermilk
3/4  teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg plus one egg white
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp.  rainbow sprinkles
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat all ingredients together except rainbow sprinkles.  Beat on high speed for 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl occasionally.   When thoroughly mixed, gently fold in rainbow sprinkles.  Stir only briefly, because the colors will begin to run quickly. Pour batter evenly into cupcake papers. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting cupcakes

 

Vanilla Buttercream 

adapted from The Baker Chick 

2 sticks of unsalted butter- room temperature.
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2-4 tsp milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract

Sprinkles for decorating

In a large bowl, cream the butter until it is fluffy and pale. Gradually add the powdered sugar and beat until it is well combined and thick. Add the vanilla paste and 1 tsp at a time of milk until the frosting is a creamy and good spreading consistency. Pipe/Spread on cupcakes and top with sprinkles.


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11 comments:

  1. I love your photos. You really made that kid's day with these!! They're beautiful!

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    1. thank you for the compliments! i love foodtastic friday i have found some great recipes

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  2. Forgot to say thank you for linking to Foodtastic Friday too!!

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  3. These are so fun! And look very tasty too.

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  4. omg i looooove funfetti cupcakes!!! thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comments!

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  5. loveeeee those! yum!

    Happy Saturday! have a great weekend! Drop by nichollvincent.blogspot.com and say hello!

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  6. OMG - these cupcakes look sooooooooooooooooooooo amazingly delicious!!
    I just have to make these.
    Pinned!

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  7. Hmm these cupcakes look so good! I love the pretty pictures of the temple on the side as well. I'm a new follower from a blog hop, feel free to stop on over and follow back!
    www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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  8. How pretty and yummy! Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  9. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments! and thank you winnie and hubba for the pin and follow!

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  10. Thanks so much for linking up last week at The WInthrop Chronicles, this will be featured Tuesday!

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