Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes & Frosting Recipe

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Ok, guys. We need to talk.

Before I get into these amazing and delicious from-scratch cupcakes and frosting that taste WAY better than the store-bought version… we need to discuss yesterday’s Grape Salad incident.

I can always tell when you guys aren’t very impressed with a recipe I post. Because when you do like something, you’re awesome about telling me via Pinterest and Instagram. And last night, I barely got crickets after the Grape Salad posted.

I have to tell you: you’re making a mistake. Seriously. If you aren’t going nuts over that recipe and running off to your refrigerator right now to gather the ingredients, you are so majorly missing out!!! It may very well be the yummiest thing I’ve eaten all summer. #IceCreamWeek included! (*gasp*)

So, please, do us both a favor and give that recipe a second glance! You won’t regret it. I promise.

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*ahem* Stepping down from my soapbox and ending the rant…. NOW.


So0000000… these cupcakes. And this frosting. Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love Funfetti treats?! It’s like the kid food it’s totally okay to keep on loving after you’re an adult.

Of course, I’m no stranger to box mix cakes. In fact, I’m rather partial to them if I’m being totally honest. But sometimes you just can’t beat a homemade cake (or cupcakes). And when we’re talking anything vanilla, I’m a total believer that homemade is the only way to go! I feel like chocolate comes across pretty well in a cake mix, but there’s just no way to do vanilla justice unless you have total control of the quality and the amount of vanilla you add to a recipe.

I’m in love with vanilla paste, so that’s what I use in this recipe. If you can’t get your hands on it, just split open a vanilla bean and scrape out the insides. Or, at the very least, use a super high quality extract. It’s totally worth the effort (this goes for both the cake batter and the frosting).

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As far as sprinkles go, I think we can all agree: the more, the better! I prefer to use jimmies, because the colors won’t bleed. You can use nonpareils if you’d like, but just be prepared for a tie-dye effect (which isn’t all that bad anyway, right?).

These have been my favorite cupcakes since I discovered the recipe about 6 years ago (back when I was trying to run a home-based cupcake business). It’s a winner and a total staple for any baker’s repertoire!

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Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes & Frosting

Yield: 24


  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 1/2 tsp butter extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla paste or extract or 1 vanilla bean
  • 3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
  3. Add the vanilla, butter extract, almond extract, baking powder, salt, flour, and milk. Mix well until batter forms.
  4. Add 1 cup rainbow sprinkles.
  5. Line or grease a cupcake tin and divide batter evenly among the cups.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

For the frosting:

  1. In a stand mixer, whisk together the butter and the shortening, scraping down the sides as needed, until smooth and blended.
  2. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth.
  3. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp vanilla, whisk until smooth.
  4. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth.
  5. Add 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk, whisk until smooth.
  6. Mix in the sprinkles.
  7. Be sure to scrape down the sides as needed when mixing!


This frosting is my favorite buttercream to pair with just about any cake or cupcake!! It’s light and fluffy, not too rich, but also not lacking in buttery sweet flavor. The sprinkles just make everything about it even better, of course! It’s easy to make and comes together in just a few short minutes.

I know some of you will ask if you can substitute butter for the shortening in this recipe (I use half butter and half shortening), and the answer is: yes. But I don’t like the taste as much with full butter. I feel like it’s too rich when you do that. But I get it, not everyone is a shortening fan, and that’s fine. The recipe will definitely work with all butter, so go for it my Crisco-hating friend!



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18 thoughts on “Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes & Frosting Recipe”

  1. They look awesome and Funfetti is always a crowd favorite. You will no doubt get tons of feedback on these ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know what it’s like to have a great awesome recipe and it doesn’t go over that well and I always think, if they could just TASTE it!

  2. I believe that the grape salad was really awesome. But you know, Funfetti is just gonna be sexier. Such is the way of the world!
    Gotta find me some of that vanilla paste! These look perfect!

  3. Hey! Know this is about the funfetti cupcakes, but I am totally down with the grape salad. I just don’t tweet nor post pictures so I am looking forward to making it if I can figure out how to do it with my lactose intolerance. I am sure there is a tasty way!

  4. I don’t use cake mix any more. Too many strange ingredients. )-: Homemade is s much better. As for the grape salad…. My daughter in laws mom makes it and everyone goes crazy over it except me. I don’t like cream cheese or sour cream. I know I am weird but I can’t help it. It is always a bit hit where ever she takes it.

  5. I have to comment about the grape salad. I am a teacher so we have a lot of pot luck lunches. Someone ALWAYS brings this grape salad, and it ALWAYS is the first bowl that gets emptied. It truly is one of the best dishes I have ever tasted. So simple and easy, yet tastes amazing. If you have never tried it, then you are really missing out. Don’t go through your life without having this dish!
    Oh, and the cupcakes look great too.

  6. AWWW Don’t feel bad about the grape salad. I did print the recipe because the salad is so lovely to look at and your description of it was enticing. I have lots of guests coming in to town for my daughter’s wedding in two weeks and I plan to serve it then. Thanks for the recipe and I am sure my guests will love it.


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