April 30, 2011

Funfetti Cupcakes!

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There were funfetti cupcakes for Leo's going away party a few weeks ago and the name is so fitting because these cupcakes are so much fun (we may have had more than two each that night!).  I love the sweetness (aka too much sugar) of the white cake and of course the sprinkles are the highlight.  They inspired me to make my own and last week i bought a box to make, but I thought it might be more fun to make them from scratch (move over Sandra Lee!).  It actually wasn't hard at all.  I followed the recipe from iheartcuppycakes via CakeSpy.  I would make a few tweaks: 1) add a little more milk; 2) use whole or a mixture of half & half and whole milk (I used 1% today); and 3) add an extra tablespoon of butter.  I used store-bought frosting instead of making it from scratch and it was a little thick to pipe through the piping bag.  Next time I'll make it from scratch so I can make sure the consistency is better suited for the piping bag.

Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski
Makes about 12 cupcakes

For the cupcakes
1-1/4 cups AP flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 large egg + 1 egg white, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used half-and-half instead)
2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

For vanilla buttercream
2 sticks butter
7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract

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