Shhh, My Favorite Cupcakes Come from a Box!

Yes it’s been another looooooong time, but well know I’m a pretty horrible cupcake blogger, so that’s that.

Anyway, I probably shouldn’t admit that my favorite cupcakes come straight from a box, but I’m pretty brave so I’m just going to put it out there.  Give me a choice between any homemade cupcake and a funfetti cupcake made from boxed mix (and preferably with rainbow chip frosting), and I’ll choose the boxed cupcake any day.  There’s just something enticing about the perfectness of a white cupcake specked with a rainbow of colors when you bite into it.  I mean, does it really get better than that?  Sooo, since two friends were celebrating their birthdays within just days of each other, I made a homemade version of my favorite cupcakes (and trust me, I know Mando likes them too).

Believe it or not, there aren’t really  any recipes out there for funfetti cupcakes, so I had to just go with my own here.  Starting with a basic yellow/white cake recipe and adding the pretty sprinkles seemed like it would do it but I had tried this before and it wasn’t super successful.  Last time around I made a huge cupcake cake with the funfetti and decided to put as many sprinkles in as I could.  Yeah, bad idea.  Adding a cup of sprinkles to a cupcake batter won’t ever be a good idea, so here’s your warning: Don’t try it!  This time around, I went with a mere quarter of a cup and it turned out much better.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup milk (I use skim but whatever works)
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (mixed with about 1/2 Tbsp. flour so they don’t sink to the bottom of the pan)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line pan for making 12 cupcakes
  2. Blend together butter and sugar until light in fluffy and beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, and baking soda
  4. Alternate adding in the milk and dry ingredient mixture until fully incorporated (don’t over mix) and mix in vanilla.
  5. Fold in the sprinkle and flour mixture and divide batter among 12 cupcakes
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Now, the frosting is no rainbow chip frosting, but it’s still pretty good when you add a bunch of sprinkles on top:


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. milk

Blend together butter, sugar, and vanilla until mixture is smooth.  Slowly add in the milk one tablespoon at a time (adding more milk if you need a thinner consistency).

These were good cupcakes, but I’d probably use oil next time since I usually find cupcakes made with oil rather than butter to turn out lighter and fluffier.  They were a hit among the crowd, but I’m not sure my friends would ever tell me that they didn’t like one of my cupcakes.  Oh, yeah, and this happened: 

This was Susical’s doing, she clearly loves her sprinkles!  I guess they were a success afterall.

More adventures to come!





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