Confetti Cupcakes with Cake Batter Frosting for Three!

I'm super excited about today's blog post because, not only do I get to share confetti cupcakes with you (which are my favorite!), but we're also having a virtual baby shower! My blog buddy Jessica of How Sweet It Is will welcome her new baby in December, so a whole bunch of us food bloggers are throwing her an online shindig. I know she'll be the best mama ever, and good gracious will that child ever be well fed!

The theme of the shower is trashed up foods - and who doesn't love a good homemade Funfetti cupcake with too many (and I mean waaaay too many) sprinkles.  So no, It wasn't difficult to decide what to make for Jessica. We share an intense (insane?) love of sprinkles and confetti cupcakes seemed just perfect to me. This recipe is a riff on her One Bowl Vanilla Cupcakes for Two. Since her family is increasing from two to three (er, I'm assuming), I decided to develop a recipe that makes exactly three cupcakes.

Now, I realize it will be a good long while before the baby will be eating cupcakes, but it's good to think ahead, right? And something tells me this kid will be introduced to sprinkles early on.

As for the cake batter frosting? It was also inspired by Jessica's magic, specifically this sprinkled Cake Batter treat. I try to avoid eating buttercream straight from the bowl (hehe, yeah right) but this one is irresistible!  I already have plans to shmear it over a batch of Rice Krispy treats.

Also, friends, please take a gander at all the fabulous trashed up (read: freaking delicious) foods that my blog buddies have created. You'll find the entire list with links just below the cupcake recipe.

The only important thing I have left to say is - Congratulations Jessica! We're all so excited for you! 

Confetti Cupcakes with Cake Batter Frosting for Three
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Yields 3 standard-size cupcakes
Total time 25 minutes

I like a lot of frosting on my cupcakes, especially when it tastes like cake batter. If you're less inclined to eat so much frosting, the recipe can be halved.

1 large egg
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup/60 g all-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons confetti sprinkles, plus more for garnish

Cake batter frosting
1/2 cup/113 g unsalted butter, softened
1 cup/120 g confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 1/2 tablespoons French Vanilla cake mix (I use Betty Crocker, of course!)
1 to 2 tablespoons milk, if needed

Make the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with three cupcake papers.

In a large bowl, combine the egg, sugar and vanilla using a whisk. Whisk in the oil. Add the flour, baking powder and salt; stir together until just combined, then add the milk. Fold in the two tablespoons of confetti sprinkles. Divide the batter between the three cupcake liners, filling them no more than 3/4 full.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the cupcakes have fully crowned and spring back when pressed in the center. Let cool completely.

Make the frosting: Cream the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat to combine. Beat in the vanilla.

Add the pinch of salt and cake mix; beat together. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until the mixture is lax enough to pipe. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles.

trashed up salads

trashed up cocktails

  1. Minimalist Baker - Bourbon Pumpkin Milkshakes
  2. Stylish, Stealthy & (sometimes) Healthy - Apple Cider Shandy
  3. A Spicy Perspective - Preggy Punch Mocktail
  4. Honestly Yum - Maple Bacon Pisco Sour
  5. A Thought For Food - Mezcal Citrico Cocktail
  6. A House in the Hills - Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
  7. The Novice Chef - Ginger Bourbon Apple Cider

trashed up burgers

  1. Two Peas & Their Pod - Sweet Potato and Kale Grilled Cheese

trashed up tacos

  1. With Food + Love - Harvest Hash Breakfast Tacos

trashed up desserts

  1. Love & Olive Oil - Loaded Junk Food Brownies
  2. Lauren’s Latest - Bakery Sugar Cookies
  3. Hummingbird High - Breakfast Cereal Cake Donuts
  4. Simple Bites - Lemon Layer Cake
  5. She Wears Many Hats -  Chocolate Covered Grapefruit

trashed up pizza

  1. Foodie With Family - Trashed Up Barbecue Turkey Pizza
  2. i am a food blog - Grilled Cheese Pizza
  3. My Life as a Mrs - Chili Cheese Dog Pizza
  4. Yes I Want Cake - Roasted Pumpkin Pizza
  5. Two Red Bowls - Bacon Mashed Potato Pizza
  6. Dula Notes - Pork Bahn Mi Pizza
  7. Take a Megabite - Roasted Beet Pizza
  8. Bakers Royale - Trash’d Street Tacos

link Confetti Cupcakes with Cake Batter Frosting for Three! By Published: Confetti Cupcakes with Cake Batter Frosting for Three! Recipe


  1. I love that this makes exactly three cupcakes! What a brilliant idea :-)

  2. it looks so yummy *-* I want to try it!

  3. Thank you for making the perfect confetti cupcake with quinns...Spot on for the true confetti look. Jimmies just don't do it rightly and they bleed all over the batter. Enjoy the shower!

  4. Gorgeous!! Can we skip the mains and go straight to dessert, please? ;)

  5. I love that you made 3! Brilliant and adorable!!

  6. LOVE these cupcakes! I'm definitely going to have to try the cake batter frosting!

  7. Those cupcakes are so cute!
    Also, cake batter frosting? Are you serious? That's awesome!

  8. Of course it's gotta have lots of sprinkles! And I just love that you made three perfect cupcakes for the soon-to-be family of three. Genius!

  9. Fab fab fab! I want 5 billion. Thank you so much for being a part!

  10. These look amazing! I MUST try this cake batter frosting!

  11. I love these! So, so cute and they look completely heavenly too. That frosting swirl is killer.

  12. Looks delicious, just as usual!


  13. What a great idea putting cake mix into the frosting!! They are so beautiful :)

  14. Made them, loved them, can you produce a chocolate version (sans sprinkles of course!).

  15. Wow Heather... This cupcakes are sooooooo cute!!! I love them!!!Really!! =)

  16. These are beautiful!! I love how soft + delicate the colors are. Thanks so much for contributing this recipe for Jess's shower! (sorry if this posts twice...not sure if the first went through)

  17. So cute and delicate! I love these. :)

  18. These party cupcakes are just the cutest!

  19. Heather, I know these cupcakes are for your friend, but they are so YOU! Love ALL the sprinkles!

  20. This is amazing! I personally love confetti, and to find a great recipe like this involving confetti amazes me! I will have to try these later tonight and I'll let you know how the recipe turns out.

  21. Look at all those sprinkles! What a great way to celebrate Jessica's new baby!

  22. These little cupcakes are absolutely so precious and perrrrfect for a baby shower! I can't believe it's taken me this long to come over and comment on these gorgeous cupcakes, I've been thinking about them since last week! I have a few baby showers coming up, and I'm definitely going to make and bring these for the mamas to be :)

  23. Just adorable. And such a sweet occasion! Virtual confetti for all! :-)

  24. Yes, the 3 cupcakes is a cute thing I guess but could you have at least included the measurements to make a full dozen? Sure, I could quadruple everything but I'm not a baker and I'm pretty sure I know you would assume to quadruple the eggs. So do you only use this recipe to bake 3 cupcakes always?

    1. Hi Stacey!
      Am I sensing some hostility here? (haha, wink!) I developed this recipe for just three cupcakes because my blogger friend was having a baby (increasing her family from two to three). Some people find small batch recipes useful (less waste for small families). To answer your question, I only use this recipe to make three cupcakes. I don't recommend quadrupling it. Here is what I DO recommend:

      1. Mix the cake batter portion of the following cupcake recipe and add 1/3 cup confetti sprinkles to the batter; bake for 17 to 22 minutes - http://www.sprinklebakes.com/2014/03/shirley-temple-cocktail-inspired.html

      2. Return to this blog post and double the cake batter frosting recipe. Frost the cupcakes as directed.

      If you follow these directions, you shall have 15 cupcakes.

      I hope this helps! Thanks for your question.

  25. Oooooh, I just love those cute sprinkles!! Will you be having more at your store site?

  26. Can i quadruple this recipe to make 12??

  27. Hi! These looks really nice. I have a question though, is the cake mix really necessary in the frosting? Is there anything I can use instead? I just don't like the idea of buying a box of cake mix to use a couple of tablespoons... Thanks and have a nice week!

  28. this cupcakes will be perfect for my daughter birthday party. Thanks for share this posting. This cupcakes recipe that i really looking for

  29. Really gorgeous pictures. I made these onfetti cupcakes with cake batter for the super bowl party and it was a crowd favourite. I'm also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Really amazing! this cupcakes will be perfect for my son birthday party. Thanks for share this posting.

  31. Absolutely love your creative idea with onfetti cupcakes with cake batter! Never seen something like this! Definitely I will try to make them too! Thx for sharing!

  32. The cupcakes are really nice. And I hope they taste great. The colors are dedicate and it seems so soft, melt in the mouth soft.

  33. Can this recipe used for chocolate cupcakes?

  34. Love the Cup Cakes. Definitely going to try them too. Thanks for sharing!

  35. These confetti cupcakes looked soooo good, I had to try and make them. I used your suggestion and used vanilla extract.

  36. These confetti cupcakes with cake batter are so Instagrammable and adorable! As you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx for sharing!

  37. My daughter’s birthday is next month and I will definitely be making these for her! She and her friends are going to love them! I’m thinking of doing a decorate your own cupcake kind of thing. Thanks for sharing!

  38. i have made this recipe several times and very time it has been delicious, but as i do not like frosting i substitute it for powdered sugar and it is delicious!

  39. i have made this recipe several times and very time it has been delicious, but as i do not like frosting i substitute it for powdered sugar and it is delicious!

  40. I made these for my friend’s wedding and they were delicious! This will definitely be my go to recipe from now on.

  41. Thank you SO much! I’ve been waiting for this one! I’ve tried a few other recipes and they were fails. Your recipes always turn out perfectly! Thank you for sharing! I’ll be trying this one soon.

  42. I made these last weekend and they were a huge hit with the family. Delicious!

  43. I made these for my friend’s wedding and they were delicious! This will definitely be my go to recipe from now on.

  44. This was delicious! I actually made donuts using a donut pan with this recipe and they came out fluffy and delicious. The perfect start to my husband’s birthday!!

  45. Made these last night because I happened to have all the ingredients and my family loved them! The frosting is exceptional!


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