Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Possibly since before we were even expecting our third, I wondered how I’d announce the news here with everyone. I honestly can’t remember when I started thinking about this. I couldn’t not share something big like that but the question was how would I do it. Just spill the beans or do it in a special way. I sort of sneakily shared the news on twitter many weeks back. Each week I’d do it again and catch some new people by surprise.

Of course once everyone finds out they get excited for finding out if it’ll be a boy or a girl. Obviously I was the most eager of all but there were definitely a handful of people almost as eager, if that’s possible. I truly hate big surprises. Little ones I can deal with but a huge surprise like this just isn’t in the cards for me. It wouldn’t work. It’d drive me bonkers. We agreed if we had a girl and a boy, then decided on a third we wouldn’t find out early BUT we have two girls so finding out early wasn’t even a question.

We found out over the weekend that we’re having a…

No wait…

You didn’t think I’d just spill it so easily did you? How about a recipe first? ;) No cheating. No skipping ahead.

I originally thought I’d make cupcakes with a cream filling and color the filling pink or blue but I just wasn’t up for that this time. Instead I opted for funfetti cupcakes and a simple vanilla buttercream. I know… that doesn’t tell you a gender at all does it?! That’s okay, it’s still totally fun and tasty. A must make at least once if not more. I mean they’re so fun and speckled with color, how could you not want to make them for a birthday or just any day? If you leave out the sprinkles, you have a perfect and yes I mean a perfect white cupcake. It’s moist and just downright delicious. My absolute go to cupcake recipe, at least for white cupcakes and that’s probably one of my favs anyway.

Annd… what you’ve been waiting for and possibly what you shamefully skipped ahead to find out. Fess up. I know some of you did.

We’re having a…


Boy oh boy do I have a lot to learn! And so much new stuff to get now! Yikes. It’s all pink and purple, flowery, girly stuff in this house lol… even some of the stuffed animals are pink! Friendly and helpful advice for someone not use to baby boys welcome.

And of course the randomly selected winner of a Bake It Pretty grab bag is: Lauren from Keep It Sweet. Congrats!

Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Moist and fluffy homemade vanilla funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. A fun treat for any occasion!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time18 minutes
1 hour
Total Time1 hour 23 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cupcake
Servings: 12



  • 1/2 C milk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 3 Tbsp rainbow sprinkles


  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1 1/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large measuring cup combine milk, egg whites and vanilla. Set aside, bringing to room temperature. Prepare a cupcake pan with liners, set aside.
  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add butter, mixing on low until mixture resembles small crumbs. Begin slowly adding liquid to the bowl, mixing on low. Mix well until all ingredients are combined, but try not to over mix.
  • Add 3 tablespoons of sprinkles, then gently mix by hand.
  • Divide batter among cupcake liners using a large cookie scoop. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.
  • Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Top with your favorite frosting once fully cooled.


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream butter until smooth. Begin slowly adding powdered sugar. Followed by salt, vanilla and heavy cream. If a thinner consistency is desired, add more heavy cream. If a thicker consistency is desired, add more powdered sugar. It's a personal preference.
  • Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.


An original recipe from Baked by Rachel
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36 Responses to “Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting”

  1. #
    Tracey — April 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations!! What exciting news!

  2. #
    nicole — April 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    boy oh boy! congrats. i’m sure it will be new and exciting!

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    Pam @ From Apples To Zucchini — April 25, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Awww! Congrats! Boys are wonderful, I promise! :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 25, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Yay, I’m so excited about the giveaway. Congrats on the news about your baby boy!! Now I can’t wait to find out the name:-)

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    Cassie — April 25, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Congratulations! You are going to love having a little boy. They love their mamas in such a special way. I’m the opposite of you…If we had a third and it was a girl, I’d have no idea what to do! Our house is all about trucks and trains and getting dirty. :)

    I’m so excited for all of you. Congrats again!

  6. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Congrats!!!! That’s so very exciting!!!!

  7. #
    Danae (The Busty Baker) — April 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Yay! Glad baby cooperated to find out! I don’t have any advice, since I don’t have either a boy or a girl, but I’m sure you’ll figure it all out!

  8. #
    Carolyn — April 25, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Yay! A boy! Congratulations. Of course, I’d say exactly the same thing if you were having another girl ;) Great cuppy cakes too!

  9. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — April 25, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    YAY!! I am SO EXCITED! You are going to love having a boy. Just think about all the baseball you’ll get to watch him play!

  10. #
    Jennifer (Savor) — April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm


  11. #
    fajas colombianas — April 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Congratulations on your baby boy. Embrace yourself for the ‘adventures’ to come.

  12. #
    Emily — April 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations on the boy, Rachel! Boys are fun…I have 2! ;) They are completely different then girls, although the clothes aren’t as fun! Best of luck on the remainder of your pregnancy!

  13. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — April 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    CONGRATS!! So exciting! :)

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    foodwanderings — April 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Congratulations Rach. How did I miss this incredible news on twitter my friend?! So excited for you. I don’t have fgirls and you know how much I adore hearing about your daughters but boy is an incredible gift I got and you will see it will be amazing!! Less clothes though a different color scheme:)

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      Rachel — April 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      I haven’t a clue how you missed it! But at least you found out now instead of much later :) Yes… totally different color scheme lol Big change.

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    skip to malou — April 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    boy oh boy how fun… i have 2 girls and and an only boy. though I don’t play any favorites they say that a son and mom’s bond is something special and I believe so. im so excited for you. having babies are the most sweetest and precious of all. congratulaions… and yeah i find your tweets regarding you kids amusing… im just shy to comment on it hihihi…

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      Rachel — April 25, 2011 at 3:11 pm

      I’m so glad you stopped by to comment and say hi etc! Thank you :)

  16. #
    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — April 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    yum! These look great!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Yay! Boys are SO much fun! I wish you lived close so I could give you all my boy junk! lol Boys are easy I say. You don’t have to “do” their hair…just pop some clothes on and go!! And boys are expected to be messy so it’s no surprise when they leave a trail of destruction behind them! Congratulations!!!!!

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    what katie's baking — April 25, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    congrats!!! :)
    i’m excited for you.
    what a perfect post to write about this on!
    these look great, and the frosting is so pretty!!!
    you’re going to teach your boy how to bake, right? ;) haha!

  19. #
    Feast on the Cheap — April 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Congratulations! And such a cute post ;)

  20. #
    Caren — April 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats Rachel! That was my guess :-) Now you have to stock up on blue <3

    • #
      Rachel — April 25, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I know!! I’ve got to start selling off the girl stuff we have.

  21. #
    Christine (Cook the Story) — April 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Ha ha ha! Boy! Congratulations! I don’t have girls to compare with but I can tell you that my little guy is a complete non-stop handful. But that could just be toddler-hood generally. The cupcakes looks awesome – very celebratory for sure!

  22. #
    Deborah — April 25, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Congratulations!! I had a girl first, then just had a boy 6 weeks ago. It is definitely different, but so much fun! You have lots of adventures ahead of you :)

  23. #
    Kathy - Panini Happy — April 25, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Congratulations to you!! I have one of each and it’s fantastic. :-)

  24. #
    Jersey Girl Cooks — April 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Congrats! What great news. Yummy cupcakes!

  25. #
    megan @ whatmegansmaking — April 25, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    congratulations! What a fun post :) and the cupcakes look awesome! don’t worry…I think boys like cupcakes just as much as girls ;)

  26. #
    Lindsay — April 26, 2011 at 9:18 am

    Congratulations on your little boy! It’s going to be an adventure!

  27. #
    Megan @ pipandebby — April 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I have two boys and I love being a mom to boys. It’s so much fun! Congrats!!

  28. #
    DessertForTwo — April 28, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Congrats! Boys are so sweet! They love their mamas :)

  29. #
    Vicki @ WITK — April 28, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Congratulations! What a great way to celebrate, with funfetti!

  30. #
    Elle — May 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Congrats on your sweet boy! I have 2–they’re 11 and 8. Ask me anything! Love the cupcakes, too–I need a good go-to white cake.

  31. #
    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — May 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Congrats!! I’m so happy for you! :)
    And your cupcakes look soooo good. I love Funfetti.

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      Rachel — May 6, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Thank you :)

  32. #
    Pastry Hall — July 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm


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