My Birthday Cupcakes

by Heather on June 14, 2010

My birthday was yesterday- I turned a whole 31 years old. The bigger milestone is I have exactly one month until my due date! I’ve been seeing homemade funfetti cupcakes on a few blogs lately and they keep catching my eye. How can a cupcake that is splattered with sprinkles not be festive. These are just screaming Happy Birthday, and I knew I had to make them for myself. I felt kind of funny making my own birthday treat, but I got over it fast :)

The first place I found the funfetti cupcakes was on 52 Kitchen Adventures. I loved how vibrant the sprinkles looked inside the cakes! She got her cake recipe from Cakespy, so that was my next stop. I used the cupcake recipe as a guide, but I did make some adaptations. One was the addition of almond extract- a definite enhancement! It added great depth of flavor without being overpowering.

For the icing, it took me a while to figure out what to use. Buttercream is a great choice in which you can never go wrong, but I had some marshmallow cream that I’d been wanting to use, so I did some researching. Finally, I found a recipe in my Cupcakes! From the Cake Mix Doctor book, but I didn’t have sour cream, so I made major changes to the recipe and ended up dipping the cupcakes in the icing. It took some trial and error to get the icing to a workable consistency, but I think I got it figured out. The flavors of the cake and icing blended amazingly and I couldn’t ask for a better birthday indulgence. Oh, and some Breyer’s vanilla ice cream didn’t hurt either :)

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes Makes 12 cupcakes

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg, plus one egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup milk (I used fat-free)
2 to 3 tablespoons rainbow sprinkle

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. With a mixer, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beating on low.  Add vanilla and almond extracts. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture. Fold in rainbow sprinkles.

Fill cupcake liners about 2/3 full. Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

Marshmallow Icing

1 jar marshmallow cream
3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
about 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Remove the lid from glass jar of the marshmallow cream and heat it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Scrape the cream out of the jar into a mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese and vanilla. With a mixer, beat the mixture on medium speed, adding powdered sugar to thicken it enough to your desired consistency. Beat until fluffy. Dip the top of each cupcake into the icing, then decorate with sprinkles. Let the icing set for about 10 minutes before serving.

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DessertForTwo June 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Happy Birthday! I hope your little bundle of joy comes before it gets too hot. It’s no fun being pregnant in the summer!
My man loves funfetti! Even though I make a million delicious homemade desserts, he wants pre-packaged Funfetti. (Upsetting, I know). But these change that! Thanks a million!

Memoria June 15, 2010 at 5:55 am

Happy Birthday!!!! Today is my mother’s birthday, but she would want a carrot cake. I would prefer these funfetti cupcakes. They look fantastic!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) June 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Wow, these are just adorable!! I love the pillowy frosting- so cute! My birthday is tomorrow! Yay for June babies! :-)

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) June 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

OH! And happy birthday, by the way!! How rude of me!

Steph June 15, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Love the cupcakes – they look so happy and festive.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' June 16, 2010 at 12:35 am

Happy Birthday! Your doing a fantastic job with your new Nikon – your close-ups are super sharp – makes you want to take a bite right off your screen. Congratulations on your new arrival, too. Maybe you’ll be making red, white, and blue funfetti cupcakes in the years to come :-)

Sues June 16, 2010 at 1:26 am

Happy birthday!! I’ve made a funfetti cupcake before too… they’re definitely a childhood favorite and yours are absolutely beautiful!! :)

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking June 16, 2010 at 6:23 am

Ohh, I wish I could come to your birthday party and eat your cupcakes. They are so pretty! I love it.

Jessica B June 16, 2010 at 11:21 am

the 13th was my birthday too!
these look yummy! I will keep them in mind when I am making my friends birthday cakes :)

Rick June 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm

1. Happy Birthday!
2. These looks great! Funfetti was always my favorite. And still is.

Alaina- The Fairhope Foodie June 16, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I LOVE funfetti cake! I am going to have to give this one a try. I love the mixture of marshmallow cream and cream cheese for the icing. Double Yummy!

Marly June 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm

I love the fun colors of these sprinkles. And who can go wrong with cupcakes. What a lucky baby you’re going to have!

Jessica June 16, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Happy birthday! Man, I feel old. I’m 14 years your senior!

Love these birthday cupcakes. Did you eat all of them? After all it only comes 1x a year, right? lol

Sophia June 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

These cupcakes really look great!! They’re perfect for a birthday! The only time of year that I bake cupcakes is Valentine’s Day. I make these Be My Valentine Cupcakes for my special someone! I think I’ll make yours for my niece’s birthday! Thanks for sharing!

lisa June 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

Happy Birthday to you! Hope you had a great one. Can’t think of a better way to celebrate — how can you not love retro inspired funfetti cupcakes. Yum. They remind me of happy times! =)

She's Cookin' June 17, 2010 at 3:44 am

Yay! these made the Foodbuzz Top 9 – Congrats!

Naomi June 24, 2010 at 4:08 am

Ah! Wow those vibrant colored sprinkles caught my eye instantly. Happy bday chica!

Janna M December 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I’m going to make these as mini cupcakes for my son’s preschool class for his birthday. I can’t wait to taste one.

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