Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes

Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes

Funfetti is really a very simple concept – vanilla cake batter with rainbow sprinkles mixed into it and decorated with vanilla buttercream and more rainbow sprinkles. But yet every time I look at these Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes they make me smile as they are so fun! There’s something about rainbow sprinkles that brings back childhood memories and makes you feel happy from the inside out. You’ll need to buy good quality sprinkles to make sure the colour stays bright and vivid after baking. You can get them from lots of different brands, the ones I used were from The Shire Bakery.

Step by step…

To make the sponge I first mixed together the baking spread and caster sugar. Then I added the eggs and vanilla extract and mixed them in.

Next I mixed in self raising flour, and folded in the rainbow sprinkles.


I divided the cupcake batter into cases, then I baked them for 25 minutes.

While the cupcakes were cooling I made a vanilla buttercream by mixing together butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract, then I piped the buttercream onto each of the cupcakes.

Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes

To finish the Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes I added lots of rainbow sprinkles on top!

Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes

These Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes would be fantastic at a birthday party for someone of any age!

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Cupcake tin Electric hand mixer Piping bags
White cupcake cases Wilton 2D Piping nozzle Funfetti sprinkles

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5 from 6 votes

Funfetti Vanilla Cupcakes

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cupcake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 175 g Butter or baking spread I use Stork
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 175 g Self raising flour
  • 35 g Sprinkles

For the buttercream

  • 200 g Butter or baking spread I use Stork
  • 400 g Icing sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

For decoration

  • Sprinkles


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, and line a cupcake tin with cupcake cases

  2. To make the sponge, mix together the butter and lsugar, using a silicone or wooden spoon, until smooth

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and whisk well

  4. Then whisk in the self raising flour

  5. Then fold in the sprinkles with a silicone spatula or a wooden spoon

  6. Divide the mixture between the 12 cupcake cases

  7. Bake them for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean. Leave to cool completely

  8. Make the buttercream by mixing together the butter and icing sugar, then add the vanilla extract, and mix until smooth. You can do this by hand with a silicone or wooden spoon or with an electric whisk

  9. Pipe the buttercream onto each cupcake using a piping bag fitted with a nozzle. Or spread on with a spoon

  10. Then add the sprinkles as decoration

  11. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, eat leftovers within 3 days

If you like this, check out more of my Cupcake recipes!

Funfetti Cupcakes

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16 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    This is proper rainy day afternoon baking in our house! Robyn goes crazy for sprinkles! They look fab, much neater than my cupcakes ever are! #CookBlogShare

  2. Hi,
    I baked the Funfetti Cookies with the tribe and went down great.. Could I please ask what nozzle you use for the piping on these please?? Many thanks..

    1. Hi Anna, I am assuming you mean cupcakes not cookies, I’m glad they were enjoyed by your family! Yes it was a Wilton 2D, there is a link to the product in the recommended equipment section 🙂

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