the baker upstairs: halloween funfetti cupcakes

10.19.2015

halloween funfetti cupcakes

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How cute are these cupcakes? These halloween funfetti cupcakes are kind of like the adorable kid sister to those spooky Halloween cupcakes I shared last week. There's something super fun about funfetti cupcakes... I've loved them since I was a child. They're even more fun for Halloween! I started with my favorite vanilla cupcake recipe, made even better by swapping out the milk for sour cream. I've decided that sour cream is totally the way to go in baked goods. I absolutely love the texture and moisture it adds! These cupcakes have a little more frosting than I usually add, but I love the candy corn effect, so pile it on! :)


Halloween Funfetti Cupcakes

for the cupcakes:
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces (1/2 cup) butter, cut into pieces
2 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup Halloween sprinkles

for the frosting:
4 ounces (1/2 cup) butter, softened
3.5 ounces (1/2 tub) marshmallow cream
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 - 2 tablespoons half and half or heavy cream
orange and yellow food coloring
additional sprinkles for decorating

directions:
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 12 wells of a muffin tin with paper liners. In a large bowl or a the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat until well blended and smooth. Fold in the sprinkles using a spatula. Fill paper liners 2/3 full and bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, beat the butter and marshmallow cream together until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add half and half as needed to make a frosting that is smooth and easy to pipe. Divide the frosting into three bowls and add orange food coloring to one and yellow to another. Pipe the yellow frosting onto the cooled cupcakes, then layer the orange frosting, and top with the white frosting. Add sprinkles and enjoy!

cupcakes adapted from Baking a Moment




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