Recipe: One-Bowl Vanilla Cake: Funfetti Cupcakes

Funfetti is fun, but you know what is even more fun? One-bowl confetti cupcakes, one of the many recipes that show off the versatility of our one-bowl vanilla cake recipe. Need a quick cupcake for your school bake sale or a cute dessert to take to book club? These funfetti cupcakes fit the bill and don’t require any special ingredients, skills, or cleanup.

For Better Funfetti, Use Jimmy Sprinkles

Funfetti recipes are ubiquitous on the web these days, but it was first introduced as a cake mix craze in the 1980s from Pillsbury. You might think that any rainbow sprinkles would make a colorful cake, and to some extent you’d be right, but one type of sprinkle does this disco decor detail best: jimmies. Jimmies are the long, thin, sometimes waxy form of rainbow sprinkles. These are sometimes labeled as “decorettes” and basically melt into the baked cupcakes, creating the rainbow effect we love.

One-Bowl Funfetti Cupcakes

  • 3 cups cake or all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups canola oil, or melted and cooled unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk or milk alternative
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 2 cups frosting(optional)

Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 350°F. Line 2 standard (12-well) muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

Add the eggs, oil or butter, milk, and vanilla and mix with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Fold in the sprinkles. Do not overmix or the sprinkles will streak the batter.

Fill each paper liner 3/4 full. Bake until the cakes are lightly browned, spring back when tapped gingerly, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, 15 to 18 minutes.

Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.