Birthday Fun with Funfetti Cupcakes

Birthday Fun with Funfetti Cupcakes

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It has become a tradition that I make my friend Allison’s birthday cakes for her every March. Previously I made her an Inside Out Rubik’s Cube Cake and a Pinata Cake. This year I toned down the birthday cake project by making simple but still fun Funfetti Cupcakes.

Both the cake and frosting recipes are straight out of How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. If you don’t have the book, download the iOS app ($4) for access to all the recipes. (Not sponsored, just trying to help)

I used the Golden Layer Cake recipe from the book above. My only modification was adding 1/2 Cup of Rainbow Sprinkles for the “funfetti” part. This is my favorite yellow cake mix. The Almond Extract makes the flavor so don’t skip out on that. Then I made the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting recipe as it was. The recipe calls for 4 Cup of powdered sugar but it took me about 6 Cups to get a stiff enough consistency to decorate.

The recipe directions in the book are only for a layer cake, not cupcakes. So, I ended up with 20 cupakes in total instead of the desired 24. The cooking time for the cupcakes was still accurate to the 25-minutes given for the cake. I baked one tin at a time for 10-minutes, turned it around in the oven, then baked for another 5-minutes. Then let it cool on a rack for 5-minutes before taking the cupcakes out to cool on a separate rack. As always, wait until the cupcakes have completely cooled before frosting.

I’ve never been all that good at cake decorating so I used assistance to help jazz up these cupcakes. With a vanilla cake and vanilla frosting, I used sprinkles and cupcake wrappers to add color. Each cupcake had different types of sprinkles on it and was in a different color wrapper. It’s tedious but the best way to add sprinkles is one-at-a-time placed by hand. The variety of colors was subtle but really added to the presentation. Everything was finished off with happy birthday candles and a song.

I have several friends with birthdays this week so Happy Birthday to all of you!

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