Happy Birthday Funfetti- no thanks to Pillsbury.

No offense Pillsbury, you served me well for many years… came in handy when I wanted to make a quick sheet cake at midnight during my college years and kept my sugar levels up through many class birthday parties as a child, but I don’t really “do” box cake mixes anymore. Sure, occasionally I’ll use one and mix it with other things to enhance a recipe, but I just don’t make cupcakes or cake with canned frosting or boxes anymore. Don’t get me wrong- there nothing bad about them, and they taste fine. But its more fun to make it from scratch, plus its so easy why would you even bother with a powdered cake mix with all those preservatives?

A few years ago I made Jay a cake in the shape of a gun for his birthday. It was awesome, but by no means professional. I used Funfetti cake mix because he adores Funfetti. Well that was the last time I made a cake from a mix, so poor Jay doesn’t get Funfetti anymore. So… when I happened upon this recipe for homemade Funfetti cupcakes at I Cuppycakes, I was super excited. Clara adapted the recipe from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski, so I’m giving credit where credit is due on both accounts.

Here we have homemade Funfetti cupcakes… just for Jay’s 28th birthday! Happy Birthday Jay!



  • 1 ¼ cups  flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg white, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beating on low. Then add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture.
  5. Fold in rainbow sprinkles.Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full.
  6. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

I topped these with fish toppers because Jay’s been really big into fishing lately and I thought it was funny.

The verdict? Awesome. Everyone loved them and Jay said they were the best ever and the frosting was scrumtrilescent. Okay he didn’t really say that, Will Ferrell said that when he was doing James Lipton on SNL. Whatever. They were scrumtrilescent.


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  1. Elyse

    I love homemade all the way, too! Your funfetti cupcakes look spectacular!! Sometimes there’s nothing better than white cake with sprinkles–and frosting, of course 🙂 Great job!

  2. rain

    happy birthday jay!!!!!!!!!

    oh my gosh your top graphic looks amazing! you kick so much ass marilla 🙂

  3. cupcake rehab

    Thank you, I’m a bit disappointed because I ordered fishy toppers and they didn’t come in time, so I had to make these. But they came out okay.

  4. Amanda

    The fish toppers are pretty funny. 🙂

    I love the great colors in the cupcake. Funfetti is just so stinkin’ fun!

  5. cupcake rehab

    Thanks! The toppers I bought would’ve been cuter, but sadly either they didn’t mail them out in time or the United States Postal Service sucks. Both are totally possible.

  6. CB

    Love the FUNFETTI cupcakes! Cute fish toppers! There’s just something about funfetti. I can’t even explain. Happy (belated) birthday to Jay!

  7. Sophia

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I was volunteered to make cupcakes tonight for my college group. And before I could decided, my friend was like you have to make funfetti and i was like but fine, but no box shit. Anyway just thank you!

  8. Caitlin

    Those look great and funfetti is what every friend of mine always requests for their bday! Do you have a recipe for the frosting? Thanks!

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  11. Amanda

    Hi there! I see that you are good about answering posts on here, so I’m taking a shot in the dark – can I use this recipe for a cake rather than cupcakes? If so, how long would you recommend baking time? Thanks so much!! xo

  12. Marilla @ Cupcake Rehab

    You’re right, I am good about answering! Haha. Uhm, I’d say yes it would probably work, and maybe try it for an extra 10 min then test it. If its not done, do another 5 & so on. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

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