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Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Put a smile on your birthday girl or boy's face with adorably fun and festive Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes.  And these little cupcake beauties are as tasty as they are cute!
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Our sweet little Miss H. turned 7 the end of last month!  And what does every sweet little turning-7-old ask for for their birthday?  Cupcakes, of course.

So cupcakes is what she got.

Homemade from-scratch Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes with homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, to be exact.  And I must say, she was thrilled with the result.

I absolutely love making cupcakes.  They're actually one of my favorite things to bake.  I think because they're just so stinking cute.  And you can make so many different flavor combinations.  And ... probably the biggest reason of all ... they just simply put a smile on peoples faces.

Put a smile on your birthday girl or boy's face with adorably fun and festive Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes.  And these little cupcake beauties are as tasty as they are cute!

I mean, who can resist breaking out in a big old smile when they see a pretty little cupcake?  Especially when that cupcake is flecked with funfetti sprinkles and topped with a gorgeous swirl of festively bright frosting.

Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

For Miss H.'s batch of Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes, I started with my favorite vanilla cupcakes recipe and added in a dose of rainbow sprinkles to create the funfetti fun that every 7-year-old loves.  I found 2 tablespoons of jimmy-style sprinkles worked well to create the effect I was looking for.

I think if you wanted even more funfetti effect, you could use up to 3 tablespoons of sprinkles ... but I don't think I'd go much more than that.  I'd be worried the amount of sprinkles would start to overload the cupcake batter.

Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes

Then I whipped up some homemade vanilla buttercream frosting, divided it up, colored it brightly with yellow, pink, and blue food coloring gel, and piped a generous swirl atop each little cake.

And then added a generous sprinkling of rainbow confetti sprinkles on top for an extra touch of fun.

Birthday Cupcakes with Sprinkles

So did these adorably fun and festive little cupcake beauties put a smile on Little Miss H.'s face?  You bet!

Just as I'd hoped they would.

Funfetti Birthday Cupcakes
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Funfetti Happy Birthday Cupcakes
Source:  Cupcakes adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
Ingredients
Directions
  1. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter in mixing bowl. Beat on slow speed until everything is combined and you have a crumb mixture with a sandy consistency. Gradually pour in half of the milk; beat until the milk is just incorporated.
  2. Whisk together the remaining milk (1/4 cup), egg, and vanilla. Pour into the flour mixture and beat until all ingredients are just incorporated.
  3. Beat for about another 30 seconds to one minute until the batter is smooth. Do not over mix.
  4. Gently fold in sprinkles.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin pan cups lined with paper cupcake liners, filling cups 1/2 full.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, or until light golden and the cake springs back when lightly touched. Cool slightly in the pan before removing cupcakes to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
  7. Frost with vanilla buttercream frosting.  Top with rainbow confetti sprinkles, if desired.

NOTE:  This recipe makes 12 cupcakes.  And it really does make 12!  Fill your cups only 1/2 full, as this batter rises quite a bit.  When I divided the batter between only 10 muffin cups, I had several that rose over the sides of the cups way too much.  If you're like me, you'll feel like there's not enough batter to stretch to 12 cupcakes ... but there really is.

Enjoy!




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