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Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Confetti sprinkle cupcakes are made from scratch with a simple vanilla cupcake base, cream cheese frosting and sprinkles!

white confetti sprinkle cupcakes all on a baking rack

Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my daughter’s class on her birthday. They were a total hit!

These confetti sprinkle cupcakes use a simple from-scratch recipe and are topped with homemade cream cheese frosting and sprinkles. In this post I’ll what you through the specific confetti sprinkles I used, equipment needed and step-by-step instructions for anyone who is intimidated by the baking process (just scroll all the way down to the bottom to see those).

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ingredients on a counter: bag of flour, carton of milk, sugar, vanilla extract, sprinkles, baking powder, unsalted butter and two eggs.

Ingredients Shopping List

Here’s what you’ll need to make the confetti sprinkle cupcakes. I have more instructions and list of ingredients for cream cheese frosting at the bottom of this blog post.

  • 1½ cups All Purpose Flour – I used organic all purpose flour. You can also use pastry flour, or regular all purpose flour. > Buy Organic All Purpose Flour Here.
  • ⅓ cup Sprinkles – I tested two kinds of rainbow sprinkles – jimmies and nonpareils. I’ve shared images using both so you can see how each of sprinkles changes the batter color, but both will work just fine! > Buy Jimmies Sprinkles Here or you can Buy Nonpareils Sprinkles Here.
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter – The butter should be softened and at room temperature. I usually leave mine out on the counter the night before.
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar – I’ve tried a variety of sugars in the past, and regular white sugar tends to work best for cupcakes so I stick with that when I’m making birthday treats. > Buy Granulated Sugar Here.
  • 1 cup Milk – You can use regular milk or a dairy-free milk like almond milk or coconut milk.
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract > Buy Vanilla Extract Here.
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder > Buy Baking Powder Here.
  • ¼ tsp Salt

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two dozen sprinkle cupcakes without icing on a baking rack.

I made two separate batches of cupcakes for my daughter’s full class. In one batch I used jimmies sprinkles and in the other, I used nonpareils sprinkles. I wanted to test and see how they would affect the cupcake appearance. You can see both results in the picture above.

Kitchen Equipment I Used

Here’s the equipment I used to make this recipe, including where you can purchase:

  • Hand Mixer: Used to mix the batter and make cream cheese frosting. > Buy Hand Mixer Here
  • Muffin Pan: To bake cupcakes in. > Buy Muffin Pan Here.
  • Paper Cupcake Liners: I used white paper cupcake liners. Sprinkle cupcakes have the cutest flecks of color and white liners help to show it off because you can see through them. > Buy Cupcake Liners Here.
  • Piping Bag: The easiest way to decorate the cupcakes. > Buy Piping Bag Here.
  • Cookie Scoop: One of the easiest ways to add batter to the cupcake liners. > Buy Cookie Scoop Here
  • Cooling Rack: Perfect for cooling the cupcakes after baking (cupcakes should be completely cool before adding frosting). > Buy Cooling Rack Here

Recipe Cost = $6

Cream cheese and sprinkles were the most expensive part of this recipe. But all in all it was very cheap and affordable to make these – about $0.50 per cupcake! (prices will vary slightly depending on where you live). 

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Confetti cupcakes with vanilla icing and nonpareils sprinkles

How To Make Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes

Here’s an overview of how to make it with the full recipe instructions at the bottom of this blog post.

  1. Dry Ingredients – In a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. Wet Ingredients – Beat the butter and sugar with electric mixer. Add in eggs one by one. Then add the milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix Together – Add half of the dry flour to wet ingredients and mix. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix again.
  4. Sprinkles – Gently fold in the sprinkles. Stir only 2-3 times until just mixed together – don’t overmix!
  5. Bake – Scoop into a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners. Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350°F. Let cool on a baking rack afterward.

How To Store Rainbow Sprinkle Cupcakes

  • You can make the cupcakes 2-3 days in advance and store in the fridge until ready to add frosting.
  • The full leftover cupcakes (with icing) can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
two baked cupcakes plus two bowls of rainbow sprinkles, one with nonpareils sprinkles, one with rainbow jimmies.

Different Confetti Sprinkle Types

I made two batches of cupcakes and decided to try two different styles of rainbow sprinkles. As you can see, they produced totally different results:

  • Nonpareils Sprinkles – These are the small round confetti sprinkles. I find that these ones “bleed” a bit in the batter which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. Personally, I like the look. > Buy Nonpareils Sprinkles Here.
  • Rainbow Jimmies Sprinkles – These are the long sprinkles. These ones don’t change the color of the batter, but I think you need to add more to create a good confetti effect in the cupcakes. > Buy Jimmies Here.

Personally, I liked both for different reasons. I think either style is a good choice for making these confetti cupcakes.

Ingredients on counter including icing sugar, cream cheese, butter, artificial vanilla extract and jimmies sprinkles.

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the cream cheese frosting:

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese – Personally, I like the Philedalphia cream cheese brand when I make cream cheese frosting. The cream cheese should be room temperature.
  • ¼ Cup Unsalted Butter – Butter should be room temperature and softened.
  • 1 ¼ Cups Confectioners Powdered Sugar – Also known as powdered icing sugar. > Buy Confectioner’s Sugar Here.
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract > Buy Vanilla Extract Here.
Three images of cream cheese frosting: First is bowl of frosting with grey spatula, second is hand holding piping bag with icing on marble counter, third is 12 cupcakes iced with white frosting on baking rack with piping bag beside.

How To Make The Cream Cheese Frosting

Here’s a quick overview of how to make the cream cheese frosting. Full instructions are at the bottom of this blog post.

  1. Mix Butter, Cream Cheese and Vanilla Extract – Add the butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract to a large bowl with electric mixer. Mix until everything is just combined.
  2. Add Confectioner’s Sugar – Add half of the confectioners sugar to the bowl and mix. Repeat with the other half.
  3. Chill – Add the frosting to the fridge for 30 minutes before piping onto cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting Tips and Tricks

  • Don’t Overmix – The electric mixer can warm up the frosting. This will make it runnier and harder to decorate cupcakes with. For that reason, you only want to mix until ingredients are just combined.
  • Chill Frosting 30 Minutes – Once you make the frosting, add it to the fridge for 30 minutes to let it chill and firm up a bit. This will make it easier to decorate with.
  • Use a Sandwich Bag For Icing – If you don’t have a piping bag, you can use a sandwich bag! Add the icing to the bag and seal it tightly. Then snip off a bottom corner of the bag. Squeeze the icing through to decorate cupcakes with.
  • Store Cupcakes In Fridge – Keep the cupcakes in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. This will keep the frosting nice and firm (because cream cheese likes to soften).
12 sprinkle cupcakes with white frosting on a marble counter.

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Funfetti Sprinkle Cupcakes

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

Cream Cheese Frosting:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with paper cupcake liners.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
    blue bowl of dry flour ingredients with steel whisk
  • In a large bowl, beat together the softened butter and sugar for 2 minutes with electric mixer.
    creamed butter and sugar in steel bowl with hand mixer
  • Add one egg and mix.
    creamed butter and sugar with egg and hand mixer
  • Add the other egg and mix again.
    steel bowl with creamed butter and raw egg and hand mixer
  • Mix in the vanilla extract and milk.
    wet batter with milk poured on top and hand mixer beside
  • Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix. Repeat with the other half of dry ingredients. Batter will be light and creamy.
    wet batter with dry flour ingredients dumped on top and hand mixer
  • Add ⅓ cup of rainbow sprinkles to the batter.
    wet batter with sprinkles dumped on top
  • Gently mix in with a spatula. Only stir 2-3 times – just enough for sprinkles to be evenly mixed.
    wet batter with mixed in sprinkles
  • Use cookie scoop or spoon to pour batter into each of the muffin cups.
    muffin pan with wet batter, cookie scoop and steel bowl with leftover batter beside it.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when poked through the center. Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes.
    baked confetti cupcakes in a muffin pan
  • Transfer cupcakes to a rack to cool completely. Cupcakes should be completely cool before adding the frosting.
    baked confetti cupcakes on a baking rack

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Beat the butter and cream cheese until just combined. (Do not overmix as this can make the frosting too warm)
    creamed butter and cream cheese with hand mixer
  • Add in the vanilla extract and mix until it's just combined.
    cream cheese butter mix with vanilla extract poured in and hand mixer
  • Sift the powdered sugar through a fine mesh strainer into the bowl. Mix together with the other ingredients.
    powdered sugar sifted into cream cheese mixture with hand mixer beside
  • Place the cream cheese frosting in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
    cream cheese frosting in bowl with hand mixer beside
  • Scoop the frosting into a piping bag. (Tip: place piping bag in a tall glass to help it stand up while adding the frosting)
    bowl of frosting with spatula and white piping bag sitting in tall glass
  • Frost each one of the cupcakes.
    white frosted cupcakes on baking rack with piping bag beside
  • Add sprinkles to the tops of each cupcake. Store cupcakes in the fridge until you're ready to serve.
    confetti cupcakes with vanilla frosting and sprinkles
Nutrition
Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Sodium: 105mg | Sugar: 30g

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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