October 28, 2008

Confetti Cupcakes

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons multicolored sprinkles

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour or line 16-18 wells* in a cupcake pan. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and milk beat well. Add the flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until the batter is light and fluffy. Fold in sprinkles.


Fill each well 2/3 of the way filled. Bake approximately 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the middle cupcake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Frost with desired frosting. I used cream cheese frosting that I tinted orange.

Halloween Cupcakes

*Alternately make 12 regular sized cupcakes PLUS 9-12 mini cupcakes.

My thoughts:


There is a certain brand of cake mix that releases a limited edition mix at every holiday that includes seasonally colored sprinkles to mix into the batter. Now I am not a cake mix person at all but every holiday I am a little tempted to pick a box up. I can't resist things in seasonal colors or limited editions. It is a sickness, really. Rather than give in and totally lose any cake making cred I might have, I decided that this year I would make my own homemade version. It really is quite a simple cake and frankly just about as quick to mix together as the mix.

While it seems almost too simple-a white cake with sprinkles stirred in-it seems special once you take a bite and see the colors inside. The baking softens the sprinkles so they are just bursts of color in the vanilla cake, not crunchy at all. I choose orange and black sprinkles because Halloween is this week but since the cake is so light colored any color sprinkle contrasts nicely. The cake has a good crumb and a great vanilla flavor that pairs well with almost any flavor frosting. Anyway, it is a fun festive cake that never fails to please and is infinitely tastier than what you could get out of a box.


Note: make sure that you use sprinkles (also known as jimmies or hundreds and thousands) and not tiny round nonpareils or the colors will not show up very well in the final product.