Funfetti Cupcakes {plus an announcement and winner}

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!

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!

Yield: yeilds roughly 12 regular cupcakes

Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

Funfetti Cupcake Ingredients:
1/2C milk, room temp
3 egg whites, room temp
1 tsp vanilla
1C and 1 tbsp flour (all purpose)
3/4C and 2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 tbsp butter, softened
3 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

Vanilla Buttercream Ingredients:
2 tbsp milk (though the original recipe calls for heavy cream - I didn't have any)
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
2 1/2 sticks butter, softened
2 1/2C powdered sugar

Directions:

Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large measuring cup combine milk, egg whites and vanilla. Set aside until completely at room temp. 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. Slightly less than a large scoop is perfect for each liner. Do not fill more than 3/4 full. There may be some batter leftover, do not overfill cups! Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean. Normally I cook these for 15 minutes exactly but this batch needed a few more minutes, it may be the addition of sprinkles. I'm not sure but begin testing yours at 15 minutes and go from there.

Transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack to cool completely. (On a side note I totally love how bright these wrappers stay through cooking! Wrappers can be found at Bake it Pretty my all time favorite baking supply shop.)

Top with your favorite frosting once fully cooled.

Frosting:

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

Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.