Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Soft, fluffy homemade funfetti cupcakes that are worlds better than anything you will find in a box! They’re quite easy, too.

You will never make boxed Funfetti Cupcakes again after you try this homemade recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

Another post dedicated to all you sprinkle lovers out there. 😉

I  recently developed a homemade funfetti cupcake recipe that may just be easier than your store-bought mix. Yep yep, this recipe is a piece of cake. Literally. Kinda. So fluffy, so soft, spiked with vanilla, and bursting through the seams with colorful speckles.

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

I made a batch of homemade funfetti cupcakes for my birthday earlier this year and they were an instant hit. My friends and I gobbled them right up. I covered them with milk chocolate frosting and was pleasantly satisfied. Well… until I revisited the recipe and began a mad cupcake experiment. Testing and retesting and retesting. Because that’s what I do. I’m on a constant mission to find that “perfect” recipe. Perfectionist much?

While my original homemade funfetti cupcakes are outstanding, I wanted a fluffier, whiter, and cakier cupcake that is still as simple as my original recipe. And well… as simple as a boxed mix. I found a winner. Using easy everyday ingredients, this homemade recipe only takes about 25 minutes AND tastes 1,000% better than anything on the store shelves.

Plus, there is NO mixer required. (!!!!!)

The best Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes I've ever tried. You will never bake from a box mix again!

Everyday ingredients + no mixer required. Let’s dive into the recipe a bit further, shall we?

All-purpose flour, leavening agents (baking powder & soda), salt, white sugar, 1 stick of melted butter, vanilla extract, yogurt (or sour cream), and milk. Doesn’t that sound easy? The dry ingredients are tossed together by hand. Grab a wooden spoon or rubber spatula and mix together the melted butter and sugar. Mix, mix, mix until combined and it all appears a tad “gloopy.” Technical terms here.

The back of your funfetti box mix probably calls for oil and not butter. I love using oil in cake and cupcake recipes – it brings the finished baked good SO much moisture and a delicate texture. However, I decided to use butter in my recipe because the addition of plain yogurt (or sour cream) does a mighty fine job keeping things moist and soft. Plus, you still get a buttery taste.

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

To the sugar/butter mixture, you will add the egg, yogurt, vanilla, and milk. Whisk it all up by hand. The mixture will be chunky and sort of ugly. I promise, that’s ok. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients. Use a bit of elbow grease and stir out all the lumps. The batter will be thick.

Time for a sprinkle shower!

cupcake batter

**You must, must, must be careful adding in your sprinkles. If you are using nonpareil sprinkles (the little balls), their colors will quickly bleed into your batter. I used nonpareil because they are my favorite. I had to be sure to gently mix them into the batter to avoid tie-dye cupcakes.

Which wouldn’t be so bad though, right?

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

Divide your batter evenly between 12 muffin tins and bake at 350F for only about 20 minutes, give or take. You’ll know they are finished when a toothpick comes out clean. If you bake these as mini cupcakes, they will only take about 8 minutes in the oven.

Moving along to that frosting… oh the frosting.

You will never make boxed Funfetti Cupcakes again after you try this homemade recipe! sallysbakingaddiction.com

My standard vanilla frosting recipe.

It’s quite simple – perhaps even more simple than the cupcakes. Beat together unsalted butter, confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. That’s IT. Two very crucial notes: (1)  make sure your butter is softened and not melted in the slightest. I simply took my butter stick out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 45 minutes as I baked and cooled the cupcakes. (2) Use heavy cream. You may use half-and-half instead. You *could* use milk, but heavy cream or half-and-half (which is half milk, half cream) will give the frosting a thicker texture. I recommend using those instead of milk.

I used a Wilton 12 frosting tip (a round tip) to frost the cupcakes. Frost the cooled cupcakes however you prefer – slathering on with a knife or piping on with a tip.

Easy Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

The cupcakes are so soft, moist, and fluffy with a buttery smooth taste. The frosting is fluffy, thick, and so easy to throw together. If you’d prefer a chocolate frosting, I suggest my milk chocolate frosting. It’s smooth, rich, and magical.

I used a Wilton 1M swirl tip for the chocolate version:

Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting | sallysbakingaddiction.com

One bite into the iconic funfetti cupcake /vanilla buttercream duo and you’ll be transported back to childhood birthday memories. These were and still are my very favorite type of cupcake.

I love the pops of color peeking out. 🙂

The best Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes I've ever made. They're so simple to make from scratch too!


Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes
  • Category: Cupcakes
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Soft, fluffy homemade funfetti cupcakes that are worlds better than anything you will find in a box!  They’re quite easy, too.



  • 1 and 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup yogurt*
  • 3/4 cup milk*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles (not nonpareils)

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3 cups (360g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream or half-and-half*
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • salt, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. Make the cupcakes: In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Whisk in sugar – mixture will be gritty. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 minute. Stir in egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick. Slowly stir in sprinkles, but do not overmix because the sprinkles will bleed their color.
  3. Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners and bake for up to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
  4. Make the frosting: in a medium bowl, beat the softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat for about 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Turn mixer off and add confectioners’  sugar, cream, and vanilla extract. Mix on low for 1 minute then increase to high speed and beat for 3-4 full minutes. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if frosting is too thick. Add salt if frosting is too sweet (I usually add 1/4 teaspoon). Frost cooled cupcakes and top with sprinkles.
  5. Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the refrigerator up to 5.


  1. Yogurt: You can use plain or vanilla regular/Greek yogurt or sour cream.
  2. Milk: You can use regular milk, soy milk, or almond milk.
  3. Frosting: Feel free to top with milk chocolate frosting instead.
  4. Mini Cupcakes: For 24 mini cupcakes, bake 8-9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Be sure to check out my 10 tips for baking the BEST cupcakes before you begin!

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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these cupcakes. I am a sucker for any cake batter that has sour cream in it. I have used this cake batter recipe 3 times- Funfetti cupcakes, 3 musketeers filled cupcakes, and Banana cream pie cupcakes. I was wondering if just adding cocoa powder (and how much of it) would transition this recipe from a great vanilla cake recipe to a wonderful chocolate version.

    PS. I find that these cupcakes do not rise as much as others. Do you find the same thing or maybe I am doing something wrong? Nevertheless they taste awesome!

    1. Hi Melanie! Your 3 Musketeers cupcakes and Banana Cream Pie cupcakes sound out of this world! These cupcakes don’t rise very high. They are meant to be flat so you can piled them with frosting. Try not to overmix the batter though. That always helps.

      I wouldn’t use this recipe to make chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes are MUCH different than vanilla. Cocoa powder tends to dry things out and you have to compensate for that. Use my favorite homemade chocolate cupcake recipe instead: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/07/12/death-by-chocolate-cupcakes/

      1. Sally- thanks so much for writing back! And yes the banana cream pie came out awesome! With the 3 musketeers cupcakes I definitely know I over beat the batter and was conscience of it with my next batch. I’m happy to know though, that the cupcakes aren’t meant to rise that high and that’s not something I did wrong haha. I’m a vanilla girl myself and have never made a chocolate cupcake buttt I am trying to expand my horizons and really perfect my baking. Thank you so much for the advice and I will definitely use your chocolate cake recipe 🙂

  2. Thank you. I remember reading that it said 20 minutes but I just saw where it says “up to” 20 minutes. Good to know. Thanks!

  3. Hi Sally! I made these today for my sisters birthday, except I took out the sprinkles and added food coloring to the frosting and arranged them in a shale of a bundle of balloons with frosting strings. Sooo cute!!! I really liked how easy they were to make, especially the frosting! It may just be my taste, but I like vanilla cakes more vanilla-y so i will try your very vanilla cupcakes next! Overall everyone loved it and said the frosting reminded them of ice cream! Yay!

    1. I love the way you styled these cupcakes, Ramee! How creative. And yes, these are very easy to make. Try the very vanilla version next!

  4. Hi Sally-

    One more quick question, this time on your buttercream. It was thick and creamy just how I like…but I am hoping you might have an idea on how to alter the recipe just a little. It was a little to buttery for me so I would like to omit some of the butter, but believe that I should also alter the amount of sugar as well considering I do not like an overly sweet frosting either. But I want to keep this texture…any suggestions??

    1. This frosting is supposed to be very buttery and sweet since it’s buttercream. You may reduce the butter down to 10-12 Tbsp and perhaps reduce the sugar slightly as well.

  5. I have been looking for a vanilla cupcake recipe for many years and have tried so many recipes and I think you have THE one!!!! I just made these (without the sprinkles ) and they were perfect! Nice and moist (not overly moist) full of flavor not greasy, just PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  6. Sally,
    for the frosting you say “salt to taste”, being an aspiring baker I’ve always just followed recipes so how would I know if I need to add salt? Approximately how much salt, if any do you use when making your vanilla buttercream?

  7. Sally your recipe is AMAZING!! I’ve made it many times since I discovered it about 9 months ago and have gotten soooo many compliments! I’ve always loved Funfetti and love it even more now that I can make it from scratch! I recently made cake pops using your recipe and they were delicious!

    If you don’t mind, I’d love to link to your recipe from my blog – Homemade by Hollie. I’ll be doing a post on my method of making cake pops from scratch and would love to direct people to your recipe for the the batter. Please let me know if that is ok with you. 🙂

    THANK YOU for sharing your recipe!

    1. Hey Hollie! You certainly may link to my post for the recipe! So glad you tried it with cake pops. That’s something I have yet to do!

  8. These were really good – although my toddlers (which is why I made them) wouldn’t eat them! I think I could have gotten 14-15 cupcakes out of this – I had fairly tall cupcakes, and a little more batter in my mixing bowl.

    The nonpareils I had (grocery store generic) almost instantly started to bleed their color! So I ended up with rainbow cupcakes and not funfetti.

    I also ended up cutting the frosting to a quarter of the recipe (to frost 6 cupcakes and freeze the other 6). The icing was excellent.

  9. These are in the oven now for our girls basketball team!
    I didn’t have nearly enough sprinkles (I doubled the batch), and they did start bleeding immediately. So they’re sorta tie dye, but that’s ok. The batter is really yummy. I’ll frost with the frosting recipe. Ill try again another time with rainbow Jimmie, hopefully they don’t bleed as much. Overall a great recipe!

    1. rainbow jimmies certainly don’t bleed there color – even at all. Well for me at least. Hope the hungry ball team girls love these! I know they will. Thanks Mary!

  10. Wow where do I begin I’m not a baker I like to cook everything I’ve made from your site Sally is wondefulllll. My new addiction!!

  11. So excited to try more of your recipes! I went to the store to buy sprinkles, and forgot to put them in!! Oh well, they can go on top! 🙂 While in the store, I did make sure to tell another lady looking for easy recipes about your site and FB page! She wrote it down and thanked me.
    What is your opinion of using apple sauce in place of oil?
    And what kind of oil do you recommend for best results?
    I have used apple sauce in Hungry Jack buttermilk pancake mix (one of those snack sized cups of applesauce-any flavor) and water to mix the rest of the way and they always come out so good. And any other cake mixes I have used, I just use apple sauce in the same amount as the oil requirement and it seemed moister to me. The butter cream frosting… OH MY! Delicious! Thank you again! I am hooked! This is the page for me. 🙂

    1. Hi Victoria, I strongly suggest that you do not sub applesauce for the butter in these cupcakes. I’m not sure if that is what you were getting at. Oil gives baked goods moisture and applesauce will only bring the same moisture depending on the other ingredients used. There is no cardinal rule I use, it really just comes down to what I’m baking and what I want it to taste like.

      1. Oh I did not mean in these amazing cupcakes.
        I simply meant in pancake mix and boxed cake mixes. I’ve never used it anywhere else.
        Thank you again. 🙂

  12. We are stuck in an ice/snow storm and it’s my son’s 10th birthday! 🙁 Needless to say, we were unprepared for this. I have all of the listed ingredients for the cupcakes, with the exception of the butter. I have salted butter. How big of a difference will this make? Should I leave out the salt in the recipe? HELP!

    1. Frances, salted butter will be just fine. I use it all the time without making any changes to the salt in the recipe. You won’t tell the difference at all. Stay warm!

  13. Hey Sally! I’m a bit worried to try a buttercream again, I have never had much success. They always taste like sugared up butter, not an icing. Do you use a specific brand? Any tips before I try your buttercream this weekend?? 🙂

    1. I usually use store-brand butter because it’s usually on sale! Don’t waste money on fancy butters. This frosting recipe has a lot of vanilla and a touch of salt to offset any sweetness. I think you’ll love its flavor!

  14. Hi Sally! I love your website with all these amazing recipes! I tried making these today but then for some reason they came out really moist and yummy but it stuck to the cupcake paper and was just mushy (although tasted great). I realized that my cupcakes seem to have many holes and i think its from the sprinkles. Do you know what might have went wrong? I followed exactly the way you mentioned it but its just not turning out!

  15. Practiced this cake because my daughter wants me to make her birthday cake and my family really likes it. I hope the same goes for the 5 and 6 year olds that will be enjoying it next weekend!! Thank you for the GREAT cake recipe!!

    1. Hi Sara! Funny, I read through these questions to see if anyone had asked that question. I MAY try to use the Splenda/sugar blend but I am not confident the texture would be the same as the original recipe as Splenda is powdery. Sugar is granulated and helps to make the batter light and fluffy. I think I’m going to stick with the recipe. Good luck!! Sharon

  16. Hi Sally. At the last minute my daughter requested Funfetti cupcakes for her 18th birthday. I searched online and found your recipe. I made them and they came out great except they flowed over the cupcake wells and stuck top of pan. Also the tops were kind of flat. I used almond milk but everything else according to directions.
    We LOVED LOVED the cupcakes but would like to get your suggestion on getting them rise better and not flow over.
    Thanks for your help and for the YUMMY recipe. You saved the day!

    1. Hi San! The cupcakes are supposed to be flat, that’s how I make sure to develop the recipes. Flat cupcakes makes frosting easier! BE sure to fill the cupcake liners with less batter next time. About 2/3 of the way full. Happy you loved their taste! Happy birthday to your daughter.

  17. Hi Sally,
    I made these cupcakes a couple days ago to take to a work thing. Thank you so much for this recipe & your wonderful instructions! They were easy to make & came out looking & tasting fantastic!! I made a double batch (24 cupcakes) & even had a little batter left so i made another 10 or so minis out of it. I frosted them with your vanilla buttercream frosting. Everyone at work LOVED them!!
    So again, thank you. And keep on doin what you do…..:)

  18. I made these for my son’s first birthday, and they were a hit! And very delicious. Brought the leftovers to work, and they didn’t last long!

  19. Can I double or even triple the recipe? Does anything need to be adjusted if I do? I need thirty something cupcakes.
    Thanks! Kim

  20. Stumbled across this recipe via Pinterest and am so glad I did. I only had enough sprinkles to top so I made tie-die cupcakes instead 😛 both the cake and frosting recipes are amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  21. Haha! another Lover of colorful sprinkles! By the way, you can make your own sprinkles by piping your frosting into lines, and letting them dry to cut them out! I don’t do it much because I think it’s a waste but it’s a great idea for personalized colors for themed parties!

  22. Hi Sally 🙂 thanks for posting this I’m making them today for my niece’s “cake in a can” I just wondered if I can use oil instead of butter. I’m not sure If i have enough butter on hand, unless I have some frozen, and I can’t go to the store right now cuz my babies are sleeping. Thanks 🙂

  23. I made these tonight and they didn’t turn out at all like your pictures. 🙁 I’m not sure what happened. I used Imperial butter. Should I have used something else? They came out the same level they went in as and are really dense.

  24. Thanks for this great recipe! I made these for my son’s third birthday party today and got rave reviews! I tripled the cupcake and frosting recipe. Holy moley, there was a TON of frosting, but I passed it along to my girlfriend to use for her son’s birthday next weekend! 🙂 Thanks again.

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