Growing up, I think back on birthdays and the number one cake that comes to mind is funfetti. There is just something about funfetti that screams birthday to me! Up until this point,it was really the one type of cupcake that I willingly used a box cake mix for. I just found it was one of those tastes and experiences that I couldn't recreate myself! I made my first funfetti experience when I made the funfetti cake pops and after seeing how well they came out, I started to think I could also make funfetti cupcakes. When one of my favorite bloggers (Annie's Eats) posted a blog about her funfetti cupcakes, I knew it was destiny! So to celebrate Dogfish's 3rd Birthday I decided to make funfetti cupcakes, but knew I needed an "adult" twist. So I brought back out the cake vodka!
Not to toot my own horn, but I think the cupcakes were absolutely perfect! They were not only moist but they had the hint of almond (did you know that is what makes funfetti that unique flavor?) The only real change that I made was with the sprinkles. In Annie's blog, she mentioned that funfeftti was a great way to get rid of left over sprinkles. And as I mentioned before... I have a LOT of sprinkles. Seriously, it might be time for an intervention or episode of hoarders. (Also something i have A LOT of is cookie cutters... which is totally bizarre since I make sugar cookies maybe once or twice a year!). Annie (who I apparently now talk about like she's my BFF) had said that she used quins as her funfetti sprinkles. Did I know what a quin was? Absolutely not. So I googled them and discovered that they are the flat normally shaped sprinkles. As someone who has a LOT of this type of sprinkle, I thought this sounded like a great way to get rid of them... however, it was just not the type of sprinkle I wanted to use! I think of the thicker "jimmies" and so used them. I think they ended up being perfect (but maybe I'm biased). I also added more of them because who doesn't like extra sprinkles????
The icing was made with the cake vodka that I am still trying to get rid of (cause lets face it... you can't really make a screwdriver or bloody mary with cake vodka!) and I think complimented the cupcakes perfectly. It definitely had a strong cake flavor, but I liked it. Maureen (who is not an icing fan) said it was one of the best icings I've ever made!
I will also say that it was a great way to get rid of mismatched liners. I used all different kinds of liners and they looked great!
I think these cupcakes are a great way to celebrate a birthday for an adult, while reminding them that we all still have a little bit of a kid inside of us!
Adult Funfetti Cupcakes
- 1 cup whole milk, divided
- 6 large egg whites
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp. almond extract
- 2¾ cups (11 oz.) cake flour (not all purpose!)
- 1½ cups (10.5 oz) sugar
- 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3/4 cup multi-colored sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.
- Line cupcake pans with paper liners.
- In a liquid measuring cup, combine ¼ cup of the whole milk, egg whites, vanilla and almond extracts. Whisk to blend.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Mix briefly on low speed to combine, about 30 seconds.
- Add in the butter and mix on low speed until the mixture resembles wet sand, about 30 seconds.
- Mix in the remaining ¾ cup of milk, then increase the speed to medium and beat for about 90 seconds more.
- With the mixture on low speed, add the egg white mixture in three additions, mixing for about 20 seconds after each addition.
- Scrape down the bowl as needed. Gently fold in the sprinkles with a spatula.
- Line a cupcake pan with assorted liners and spoon in batter filling about 2/3 of the way full
- Bake for 18-20 minutes. Let cool.
Cake Vodka Frosting
- 2-1/2 sticks of butter
- 6 Tbsp shortening
- 8 cups of powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup (or more!) Cake flavored vodka
(If you're making these for kids, substitute 2 Tbsp Vanilla and 1/3cup milk for the vodka)
- Beat butter and shortening in an electric mixer until smooth
- Add in powdered sugar one cup at a a time, making sure its fully incorporated after each addition.
- Add in vodka slowly and mix until smooth. You may need to add more vodka for consistency (or taste!)
- Frost cupcakes as desired.