Funfetti Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream

Cakes, Desserts

Look! I gotz my nails did.

You read fashion blogs, right? My new fashion blog obsession is Into the Gloss, which interviews top industry insider’s (editors, models, photographers) about their favorite beauty buys. My love for lotions, lip stains, blushes surpasses my adoration for clothes.

Fact: If I’m really bored, I go to Sephora and spend hours upon hours trying stuff on, and leaving with, like, one thing (and ten samples). I like samples. I have an issue with commitment.

One day soon, I want us all to be girls and talk about beauty products…I’ll make something like popsicles or something just as an excuse to discuss. Would you dig that?

On Into the Gloss there were a few women that mentioned getting stuff like Chanel “C’s,” daisies, and cross-bones airbrushed onto their nails.

I was kind of intrigued, and even more intrigued when I found out the place (CT Nails–ask for Peter) was within walking distance to my place. Easy is good. I had no interest in the typical stuff, and thought it’d be cute/weird to get cupcakes!

And that’s what I did…with a cherry on top.

Next on the list to be airbrushed? Bacon, snow cones and maybe a stick of butter. Would that be strange? Yes. Awesome? Yes.

I figured if I had cupcakes on my nails, cupcakes needed to be baked up. I’ve been kinda bored about cupcakes. I dunno. I feel like they’ve all been done. And sometimes when they have a million things in them, I get sleepy.

But once I saw these pancakes from How Sweet Eats, I kinda freaked out a bit. Sprinkles in pancakes?! Hello! That’s genius…and cute. So I figured they’d be equally cute in cupcake batter. And they were. When you bite into the cupcake it’s like a rainbow explosion. I then topped them with a basic buttercream, dyed the frosting pink and added pearly sprinkles.

Girly Cupcakes take #2!!!

Sprinkley Cupcakes with Pink Buttercream

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Yield 24 cupcakes and 4 cups of frosting

Print this recipe!


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups milk

2 tablespoons of sprinkles


4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter, softened

6 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer (or in a bowl and use a hand-mixer). Mix on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well. Add vanilla. Reduce speed to medium. Mix in 3 batches of flour mixture, alternating with 2 batches of milk. Raise speed to medium-high; mix until thoroughly blended, 10 to 20 seconds. Add sprinkles and fold in gently.

Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake until a cake tester inserted into centers comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Note: Took me 22 minutes. Let cool in tin on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from tin; let cool completely. Line tin with muffin cups; repeat process with remaining batter.

Put butter in bowl of an electric mixer. Beat on medium-high speed until pale and creamy, about 1 minutes. Reduce speed to medium and sift sugar in 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well, about 5 minutes total. Add vanilla and salt. Raise speed to medium-high; beat until smooth, about 1 minute more

You have two options here: You can use a a small off-set spatula (or a butter knife) and just place the frosting on. Or you could transfer the buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a 3-inch plain tip. Pipe buttercream onto each cupcake in a spiral pattern, starting at the edges and ending with a peak in the center. Place pearly sprinkles (or any of your choice) on the top of each cupcake. Girly, cute. Yay!

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  • Reply Blog is the New Black February 18, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Adorable and adorable! 😉

  • Reply Katrina February 18, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Beautiful cupcakes. Also, LOVE the nails!

  • Reply Kayla February 18, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Oh my god…CUPCAKE FINGERNAILS! I’m seriously falling in love with this idea.

    I love having cute nails, because every time you look at your hands, you get a little burst of joy and hope!

    • Reply Tess October 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Ya. Only if I could grow mine out that long! I can not stop bitting my nails.I have tried to stop or by putting something on my finger nails. But nothing works! Any suggestions?

  • Reply Sasha @ Global Table Adventure February 18, 2011 at 5:18 am

    I wish I could be one of those girls who has cute nails. Instead, mine are plain jane. I’m just too rough on my hands. But I’ll live vicariously through you and your super cute nails! 🙂

  • Reply Angharad February 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Holy adorable. I love them! And I want bacon rashers on my nails immediately.

  • Reply Mariel February 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Can you pretty please let us know where you got your nails done? I LOVE them!

    • Reply Adrianna February 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Mariel, I got them done at CT Nails in West Hollywood. But I know there are a few places in NY that do them too.

  • Reply Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes February 18, 2011 at 7:34 am

    Girly and SO cute! And your nails are adorable… I’m going to hop over to Into the Gloss! Although showing me all those beauty products might be dangerous…

  • Reply laura @ alittlebarefoot February 18, 2011 at 8:36 am

    dude your nails are so cute. as are the cupcakes. yum!

  • Reply CakeStory February 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

    WHERE is your nail place?? I need a manicure so bad, I may die. And it has to be little cupcakes.

    • Reply Adrianna February 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      CT Nails in West Hollywood!

  • Reply Lora February 18, 2011 at 9:19 am

    The nails are fabulous! Love them and your little sprinkle cupcakes. So cute!

  • Reply EatLiveRun February 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

    ummm can you do my nails? Or point me to the place where I can get cupcakes like yours?!

    • Reply Adrianna February 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

      CT Nails in West Hollywood. Next time you come to LA, we’ll go!

  • Reply Joanne February 18, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Funfetti cupcakes! They make life better. Actually, sprinkle-covered anything makes life better. And cupcakes just kind of seal the deal.

  • Reply Tina February 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Aren’t we TGIF giddy here? Simply adorable and love those nails 🙂 Happy weekend!

  • Reply Dinners & Dreams February 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Love the picture of your nails 🙂 Brilliant!


  • Reply Shrinkella February 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Those are too cute! I guess it’s kind of a new take on “finger food.” 🙂

  • Reply Sherry Greek February 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I love funfetti cupcakes! I’ve always wanted to make them from scratch. (ps- love those nails1)

  • Reply Toffee Bits and Chocolate Chips February 19, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Soooo cute!!! Love it!

  • Reply The Newlywed Chefs February 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my goodness, you’ve done it! Conquered homemade funfetti! How cool. We’ll have to bake these soon!

  • Reply ashley @ ashley's adventures in alaska February 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Oh yummy cupcakes! What a great upgrade from the “funfetti” cake mixes and pink frosting I have my husband make for my birthday every year. 🙂

  • Reply Kailee February 20, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    When you work in a bakery, you are not even allowed to wear nailpolish

  • Reply yummy supper February 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Love the nails! Adrianna, this post is so glamtastic. Those cupcakes don’t look to shabby either;)

  • Reply megan @ whatmegansmaking February 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Between you and Jessica I can’t get enough sprinkles! These look awesome 🙂

  • Reply stef February 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Love the recipe. I get sleepy with cupcakes too. People are starting to talk about their trendy successor. That almost bothers me more. This brings me back to why I love the little guys in the first place. Amen. <3.

  • Reply Nicole February 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

    This post is bursting with cuteness from every side! Love it all.

  • Reply vibromasseur March 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    yum! yum!

  • Reply miranda November 3, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I love these cupcakes! I recently took 2 dozen of them to a cakewalk and they were super popular. My kids love them too 🙂 Was wondering though how long a person would bake them for a cake though? any thoughts?

  • Reply Alice Astourian July 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Hi! I want to make a funfetti cake for my daughter, this would work if I made it into a layered cake, right? Yummy