This perfect easy cake recipe pairs with classic rainbow jimmies sprinkles to create the ultimate Funfetti Cupcakes recipe for your next party! Homemade cake is easier than you think, and this recipe sets out to prove that in a fashion your kids will be begging for every day!
A classic cupcake gets a fun colorful upgrade with your choice of sprinkles! While most of these confetti cupcakes are made with traditional rainbow jimmies, we decided to punch ours up using our super bright, Pinata Bash sprinkle mix, for that extra punch of color!
Funfetti Cupcakes Recipe
Every parent has walked down the baked goods aisle in the grocery store and heard their child clamor for a box of Funfetti cake. Sure, it’s nice for a treat on occasion, but wouldn’t a homemade cake be better?
This recipe is so simple you will be kicking yourself for not making it sooner. A basic white cake mix with some of our favorite Rainbow Jimmie Sprinkles makes you feel like a superstar in the kitchen once again! Top with our equally colorful homemade funfetti frosting recipe for a color and flavor explosion!
Sprinkle Cupcakes are Perfect for Parties
One of the best things about this particular cupcake recipe is how versatile it is for all of your party planning needs. As this is a basic white cake base, it is definitely ideal for any themed party. The rainbow sprinkles add just enough color, without being specific to any particular theme.
Some party ideas this recipe would work well as a dessert:
While parties are typically planned well in advance, you may have an occasion where kids want their friends to spend the night. Those times are the days you’ll love knowing how easy these cupcakes are to make.
Can These Confetti Cupcakes be Made In Advance?
Yes! One of our favorite things about cakes and cupcakes is how easy it is to make them in advance and either refrigerate for a few days, or freeze for longer. Just bake the recipe as directed, and once the cupcakes are fully cooled down, place them in a freezer storage bag.
Make sure you appropriately date and label the bag before putting into the freezer. All you have to do is pull them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw overnight before icing and decorating as you normal. They taste just as good, and will save you time on the week of the party.
Can You Add a Different Flavor to this Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe?
While this is a basic white cake mix that is vanilla flavored, you can definitely kick it up a bit with a different flavor. Try out various extracts for a unique funfetti cupcake flavor base. Lemon extract, almond extract, cherry extract, or even mint extract could be used for different themes and preferences while keeping the basic style the same. While flavor is one option, our favorite way to make these cupcakes our own is to change up the sprinkle colors. Just think of how fun a Halloween jimmies sprinkle mix would be with black, purple, orange, and lime green! How about a Christmas sprinkle mix with red, green, and white jimmies? Seriously, this is such a fun idea!
Are Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes worth the Time?
If you are a busy parent just trying to make sure the party comes together, the idea of making a homemade cupcake may seem exhausting. With this recipe, you know that it will include just basic simple ingredients you can trust. Plus, the flavor is so much better!
The use of real butter and vanilla extract will give you such a rich flavor that you won’t find in a boxed cake mix. Plus, it really does just take a few minutes to whip up, and then you can work on other party needs while they bake and cool. Plus, once it is time to decorate the cupcakes, your kids will love helping you add a few sprinkles on top of the Funfetti Buttercream Frosting.
More Funfetti Inspired Party Treats
Sprinkles or Jimmies, as they are more commonly called, are so much fun to add to your party planning. They are ideal in the Funfetti cupcakes, but are equally great in recipes like our Birthday Cake Mix Cookies.
If you have less time to spend in the kitchen, you can do something semi-homemade like buying a basic cake that hasn’t been decorated, and using this tutorial for Covering a Sprinkle Cake. Both are wonderful additions to your parties, and still carry that unique and colorful decorating mainstay – sprinkles. Not sure how many bags of sprinkles you need? Check out our conversion How Many Sprinkles Do I Need charts!
- 1 ¼ cups flour, all-purpose
- 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar, white granulated
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup cooking oil, vegetable or canola
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ⅓ cup Pinata Bash Jimmies Sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill pan with cupcake liners
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until lightly frothy
- Gradually add sugar beating about 30 seconds until well combined
- Add oil and vanilla, beat well
- Gradually add dry ingredients, alternating with buttermilk. Starting and stopping with dry ingredients. Dry = 3 additions. Buttermilk = 2 additions.
- Beat until well combined. Batter will be thin.
- Gently fold in sprinkles until evenly combined
- Divide into cupcake liners, ⅔ full
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Cool completely and frost with Funfetti Buttercream Frosting or your favorite frosting, decorate with Pinata Bash Rainbow Jimmies Sprinkles