These Funfetti Cupcakes are, well, so much fun! They have been on my blog for around a year or so, so I thought it was time to give them a little update and refresh the photos.

Cupcakes are one of my favourite things to bake, they are just so easy to make and just look at how pretty they are! They are just little cups of happiness.

I used these Baking Cups from Iced Jems. I use these for all my cupcakes because they are just so pretty. They come in lots of different colours and designs. They also make the perfect sized cupcakes.

In this recipe I used light brown sugar because it gives the cupcakes the most delicious caramel taste. If you haven’t’ made cupcakes with light brown sugar before then you need to try it. Trust me, it is amazing! You could also use a darker brown sugar for a deeper caramel flavour or you can sue caster sugar for a delicious vanilla cupcakes.

To make these cupcakes funfetti I used confetti sprinkles again from Iced Jems. They are super bright and the colours don’t run so you get such a pretty confetti look.

Funfetti Cupcakes

I started by creaming together the butter and sugar until it is pale and fluffy. Next I added in the flour, eggs, vanilla and baking powder and mix again.

You shouldn’t need to mix the batter for very long just until it comes together and is smooth. Finally, I fold through the sprinkles.

i would recommend removing all ingredients from the fridge an hour or so before you bake so all the ingredients are room temperature. This way there is less chance that the mixture splits.

Split the mixture into the cupcake cases. I find the easiest way to make them all equal is by using an ice cream scoop and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

How Do I Know the Cupcakes are Baked?

You can tell the cupcakes are ready when they are golden brown in colour and if you touch them gently they spring back. You could also insert a cake skewer into the thickest part of the cake. if it comes out clean then they are ready. If not pop them back into the oven for 3-4 minutes and test again.

Leave the cupcakes to cool fully in the muffin tray.

Vanilla Buttercream

For the buttercream I went for a simple vanilla buttercream. I used Neilson Massey Vanilla Bean Paste and it gives the buttercream such a great taste. It also gives the butterceam lovely little vanilla fleks.

I mixed together the icing sugar, vanilla and unsalted butter. Please, please, please use unsalted butter for the buttercream. Baking spreads are perfect for making a light and fluffy sponge but they are too soft for make buttercream.

If you find the buttercream is toot hick you can add 1tsp of milk and mix again. Repeat until the buttercream is the perfect consistency.

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Pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes. I used a Wilton 1M Piping Tip and these piping bags.

I finished these with the same sprinkles I used for the inside of the cake.


The only major change I have made from the original is not including a hidden sprinkle centre. If you want to include this dead down to the alternatives section.


If you want to make these with a hidden centre. Once you have baked the cupcakes and they have cooled using a cupcake corer remove the centre of the cupcakes and fill with sprinkles. Then just pipe the buttercream on top.

You could also make these cupcakes chocolate flavoured. Just remove 35g of flour and replace with cocoa powder, also add in 50ml of Whole Milk. For the buttercream remove 35g of icing sugar and replace the cocoa powder.


Baking Cups

Mixing Bowls


Measuring Spoons


Ice Cream Scoop

Cake Tester

Piping Tip

Piping Bags


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Funfetti Cupcakes

Sarah Mark
These Funfetti Cupcakes are, well, so much fun! They have been on my blog for around a year or so, so I thought it was time to give them a little update and refresh the photos.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Decorating Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 12 cupcakes


For The Cupcakes

  • 145 g Caster Sugar
  • 145 g Unsalted Butter or Stork
  • 145 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 70 g Sprinkles

For The Buttercream

  • 500 g Icing Sugar
  • 250 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

To Decorate

  • Sprinkles


To Make The Cupcakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160 Fan. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners and leave to one side.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy
  • Add in the flour, eggs, vanilla and baking powder and whisk until all combined.
  • Fold through the sprinkles until they are all evenly distributed
  • Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. I use asmall ice cream scoop to do this so I know that they are all even.
  • Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. You will know the cupcakes are ready when they are golden brown and springy to touch.

For The Buttercream

  • While the cupcakes are cooling make the buttercream.
  • In a large bowl add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla and mix until it is all combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into your piping bag and leave to one side.

To Decorate

  • Remove the centre of your cupcakes and fill the holes with sprinkles.
  • You can keep the little bits ofcupcake that you remove and put them back over the hole once it is filled with cusprinkles. Or you can do what I do and snack on them.
  • Pipe the buttercream onto the top ofyour cupcakes and finish with some sprinkles.


These cupcakes will last 3-4 days in an airtight container. 

If you do have any questions about these Funfetti Cupcakes or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by sending me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page.


  • Jenny in Neverland

    3 September 2020 at 1:29 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely loveee these! They’re so cute! I never actually knew how you got the funfetti inside though, until I read this!

  • Jupiter Hadley

    3 September 2020 at 1:38 pm

    I love funfetti! These are so fun.

  • Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

    3 September 2020 at 3:04 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing 🙂 These look amazing 🙂

    Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes

  • Serena

    5 September 2020 at 6:37 pm

    5 stars
    These look so delicious and fun to make! They’d be perfect for a birthday party!

  • Simona

    12 February 2021 at 4:42 pm

    5 stars
    These look absolutely adorable! I wish I had seen this recipe a couple weeks back when I was looking for a sponge like this! Saving it and will try asap! x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      22 February 2021 at 9:27 pm

      Ahh what a shame you discovered them too late. I am sure the one you made were absolutely delicious though!

  • Della Driscoll

    25 April 2021 at 4:32 pm

    5 stars
    These cakes look so much fun and are perfect for the summer! Love the recipe x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      1 May 2021 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you!

  • Lucy

    25 April 2021 at 5:57 pm

    These cupcakes look delightful Sarah! x

    Lucy |

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      1 May 2021 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you!

  • Tiffany McCullough – Metaphysical Mama

    25 April 2021 at 6:50 pm

    These look so festive and the baking cups are so pretty! I love it! I will definitly have to make these for the next family birthday. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      1 May 2021 at 11:45 pm

      Thank you! I hope you love them!

  • Emma

    25 April 2021 at 8:57 pm

    5 stars
    These look amazing! I love the funfetti, they are just so much fun! I love icing cupcakes and then decorating them in fun ways. And the baking cups look so much better than normal cupcake holders!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      1 May 2021 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you! I love the baking liners I get them from Iced Jems they are super cute and come in so many different colours and designs.

  • Heidi

    26 April 2021 at 6:30 am

    These are so pretty! I just love a good sprinkle cupcake! I like your tip about taking the ingredients out about an hour beforehand. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      1 May 2021 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you found the tips helpful too.

  • sophie

    30 April 2021 at 2:52 pm

    They tasted really nice but all my sprinkes practically melted away so no pretty colours inside, any tips on what will stop that? Thank you! 🙂 also my cakes practically crawled out of the oven, I think I should have used deeper cupcake casings XD better luck next time as I will try again!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      1 May 2021 at 11:59 pm

      Aww I am sorry your sprinkles melted away what sprinkles did you use? I would recommend filling the cases around 3/4 full. Depending on how deep your cases are the batter might make more than 12. I am glad you will try them again thought.

  • Komal Singh

    30 April 2021 at 5:24 pm

    5 stars
    I’m not much of a baker but you made this look super easy! Thanks for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      2 May 2021 at 12:00 am

      Thank you!

  • Kelly Diane

    1 May 2021 at 8:06 am

    5 stars
    These look incredible. I must admit I do better at eating cupcakes than I do making them but I wouldn’t mind giving these a go.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      2 May 2021 at 12:00 am

      Thank you! Haha they are a lot of fun to make!

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