Thank You For All You Do Cupcakes

February 18, 2009 at 7:41 AM | Posted in cupcakes | 59 Comments


Either you all really wanted to win some cupcake liners or you have strong opinions on what cupcake flavor says “thank you”. I bet its the former rather than the latter huh? Either way the response was awesome! Thank you for all comments. I will post the random winner by this weekend.

Let me back track a little bit and give you some background.

T is a high school teacher. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that before but there you go. He’s involved in alot of activities and many times those activities are accompanied by his wifey’s (that’s me!) cupcakes. I guess you could say that his students and coworkers are kinda cupcake spoiled by me. So naturally when he wanted to give a little something something as a thank you to 2 students’ moms who went above and beyond for a recent school related activity, cupcakes were the natural suggestion. But I was at a loss as to what would constitute a good “thank you”. Hence my inquisitive post and twitter to all my readers.

I found myself reading all the comments nodding my head in agreement with practically every flavor. Vanilla good. Chocolate good. Fruit good. Crunkcake great! See? You really can’t go wrong with any cupcake. Heck even a meatloaf cupcake sounds pretty darn tasty to me! (T vetoed that idea though. Buzzkill.)

I have to admit I am not sure if I should love or hate the ones that left a comment about a variety pack b/c ultimately that’s what T enthusiastically agreed with. His rationale was that in a variety pack it’s like getting more than one “thank you”. Personally I think the one that bakes should be the one that chooses what to bake but what do I know right? But don’t worry. I made T do all the dishes. LOL

We narrowed down the choices to 4 cupcakes.

Mocha cupcakes w/ whipped cream and chocolate jimmies
Chocolate cupcakes w/ chocolate buttercream
Funfetti cupcakes w/ vanilla buttercream and rainbow sprinkles (see recipe after cut)
Red velvet cupcakes w/ cream cheese frosting and heart sprinkles

So… how do all the cupcake etiquette police out there think we did?

I think we dun good.

Funfetti Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski

Print this recipe

Makes about 12 cupcakes


For funfetti cupcakes
1-1/4 cups AP flour
1-1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 tbsp butter, room temperature
1 large egg + 1 egg white, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used half-and-half instead)
2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

For vanilla buttercream
2 sticks butter
7 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F.

Line cupcake pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add egg and egg white, one at a time, beating on low.

Then add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture. Fold in rainbow sprinkles.

Fill cupcake liners about 1/2-2/3 full. Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.

To make buttercream—
In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat butter until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, beat until combined. Add more powdered sugar until you get to the consistency you want.

[NOTES: I think I add about 6-1/2 cups, give or take a few tbsp, to get the consistency I wanted. If its too stiff, you can add a little more milk.]

Frost with vanilla buttercream and garnish with more rainbow sprinkles.


Husband rating: A
He thought it was yummy but he’ll always be a red velvet die hard.

Wifey rating: A+
I heart funfetti. I think its 1/2 nostalgic and 1/2 flavor. What kid doesn’t remember funfetti right? It was a staple in my house. Fruity pebbles cereal and funfetti. Memories…

Other rating: A+
T came home and told me that one student didn’t even give it to her mom. She ate all the cupcakes herself! The other mom wrote me a really sweet thank you card for her thank you cupcakes. Aawww… and just in case you were wondering, both ppl said that the funfetti was their favorite. There’s just something about funfetti. Its magical.



  1. The variety pack looks great…perfect solution! I bet the recipients loved them.

  2. Great job girl!! What great presentation too! mmmmm funfetti… mmmmmmmmmm :D

  3. beautiful and colorful! Chocolate looks beautiful! regards.

  4. you did awesome! i love how they all look.

  5. I have a question…I know you freeze your cupcakes, but can you still freeze them after you want to fill them (i.e. with caramel)? I really want to put a caramel surprise in some, but I need to make them ahead of time. Would you freeze them with a filling or have any other suggestions?

  6. SPRINKLES! :D Okay, I’m done.

  7. I love funfetti! Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe! : )

  8. How do you make your swirled icing look so nice? Any tips?


  9. What can I do to help you so I get one of these?!?!?! :) These look sooo good.

  10. What a great idea! my husband is a teacher too, and I was voted “Teacher of the Year” simply for keeping a steady stream of sweets flowing in to the school :o)

    fun times.

  11. I’d be happy with a thank you gift such as that. That WAS a good idea to do a variety.

  12. I told you a variety pack would be a great thank you! Who could ask for anything more?


  13. What the heck, jimmies?!?!?! I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure those are sprinkles! LOL jk

  14. The variety pack looks great!!! (That’s actually what I was going to suggest, but I thought, no, then she has to make a bunch of different types, that’s a pain!) I love your presentation box and the flag labels–such a polished presentation! I’ve been enjoying reading your blog since I stumbled upon it a few days ago!!!

  15. You did a wonderful job – I think I need to make myself some funfetti cupcakes – they look so cute :D

  16. I love sprinkes. I think it’s the only cake mix flavour I will eat! It reminds me of those bakesales we used to have at school. I used to be so jealous of all the kids’ moms who would bake cupcakes because my mom could never bake anything.. not even cake mix!

  17. omg i don’t think i’ve ever seen chocolate on chocolate, it looks too delicious.

  18. All of your cupcakes turned out beautifully! I’ve been wanting to make some Funfetti Cupcakes from scratch, and I’m so glad that you’ve reminded me of this! Variety pack was definitely the way to go…yummmmy!

  19. Yeah, how do you get your frosting swirls to look so GORGEOUS!?

  20. *Ahem.* You can always give me thank you cupcakes. Oh, but I guess I need to do something first in order to warrant them huh?

  21. Variety pack! Great idea!

  22. JENNIFER, To be honest I’ve never frozen cupcakes *with* filling before. Personally I’d freeze just the cupcake until you need it, let it defrost and then fill it. But if you try to fill and freeze, come back and let me know how it went, k?

    DEE and BETTYAGNES, I am right handed so I use my right hand as my dominate hand to pipe and my left hand to steady the tip as I swirl. I usually start in the center, swirl outward and as you go upward, swirl back to the center. To create the nice point at the top, release pressure and pull away. Best advice? Practice practice practice… and my 2 favorite tips: Wilton 1M and Magic Tip 7ST. ;)

    FOODLIBRARIAN, If you could score me an advance copy of Midnight Sun, I will personally drive to LA and bring you cupcakes. LOL

    ALYSSA, Looks like someone needs to be schooled huh? Jimmies. But don’t worry. I was jimmy ignorant before too. My bff totally schooled me.

    WANDERINGCHOPSTICKS, I thought you weren’t a dessert person huh? HAHA

  23. The variety pack is a great idea. Something for everyone that way.

    And thanks for sharing the funfetti recipe. My boyfriend’s favorite cake is that box mix, and my experiments with it on my own have been less than delightful. :)

  24. Looks good to me. Presentation and all!

  25. Holy freaking moley, I love your blog. I’ve been experiencing something of a cupcake fetish lately and have been poring over cupcake cookbooks and searching out cupcake blogs and I’ve gotta tell you, yours is the best. My husband got me a cupcake cookbook, but it’s full of all sorts of fancy-schmancy ingredients when all I really want is delicious cupcakes, preferably from a resource that’s easy to navigate. Your blog’s perfect. I’m not kidding. :)

  26. How do you get your chocolate buttercream so dark. Mine always comes out so light. My first time on this blog and I already am hooked!!!

  27. KRISTEN, I am definitely not anti-cake mix (although I usually prefer scratch) especially when it comes to Funfetti. I think every kid-at-heart remembers funfetti! If you make it from scratch for BF, let me know what you both think, k?

    KATE, Aaawww wow. Thanks for your sweet compliments. Mind if I ask what cupcake book your hubs got you? I am kind of a cupcake book collector and I’d love to know if the book you have is something I need to add to my collection ;)

    SNOOPY, So glad you enjoy my blog! Hmmm… light? How much cocoa do you add to your chocolate buttercream recipe? Here’s the recipe I use:

    Chocolate Buttercream
    1 stick butter, room temperature
    3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
    1/8 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup cocoa powder

    Hope that helps!

  28. You are just plain ridiculous! I love the little flags. Are you OCD in real life like me?

  29. JANNA, Me? OCD? Naaaahhhh… LOL

  30. They all look delicious! I know what you mean about funfetti being magical; in high school, everyone baked for everyone’s birthdays — albeit most people used the box mixes, haha — and I always looked forward to the funfetti cupcakes :)

    What kind of scoop do you use to get your cupcakes to be of uniform size?

  31. AVI, I just bought a regular ol ice cream scoop from Target. It’s about 2-1/4″ diameter. Honestly I think it just takes practice to know how much batter for each cupcake liner and I’ve had ALOT of practice ;)

  32. Love Love Love the flags. I too have been a big admirer of your blog – love the humor!

    How did you make the flags – would love to know. And I noticed your cute 4 pack box – where did you get that?

  33. LORELEI, Thank you! I made the flags on Word doc, just folded them in half and cut out the little triangles after I glued them to the toothpick. Easy peasy! As for the boxes. I buy them in bulk from BRP Boxshop. They have all sorts of boxes but it comes in wholesale amounts. I think mine was the 100 count insert+boxes for about $50? Don’t quote me though. haha



  35. OHITISLOVE, Me too! Something about those sprinkles. haha

  36. Clara, I made these and everyone loved them. Thank you. Posted about them today!

  37. LORELEI, So glad you all enjoyed the recipe!

  38. Hi, your funfetti cupcakes look so good and I want to make a funfetti cake. Is it possible to just triple your recipe to make a 2 layer cake?


  39. STACEY, I don’t see why not? I’d estimate if you double my cupcake recipe you could get one 9×13 cake. You could cut that in 1/2 to make a 2 layer cake or just bake another 9×13 cake. Hope that helps!

  40. Thanks! I’m going to give it a try tomorrow. I want some extra batter for cupcakes, so I can eat some before the cake! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  41. I tripled the recipe and made a 2 layer 8″ round cake and 6 cupcakes. The cupcakes turned out great, the cake was a little harder to bake. It took quite a while before it was done in the middle and the edges got a little more done then I would have liked, but all in all it tastes good! I’ll keep the recipe for cupcakes though! Thanks again! I love reading about your cupcakes! :)

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  47. I’m not that knowledgeable on high humidity baking but I do remember reading that high humidity hinders the cake from rising properly so cupcakes can be dense. Make sure that your leavening (baking powder/baking soda/both) are not expired. If it’s expired that’s like 2 strikes again your cupcakes from rising. Also maybe decreasing the liquid in the recipe can help since your sugar or flour (if kept at room temperature) may have absorbed liquid from the air. And don’t overmix! Hope that helps!

  48. They look delicious! I was wondering about coloring the icing, do you think this icing would stand up to gel coloring? I always have the best results with that it seems. I am looking to make mini cupcakes in the form of a confederate flag as a birthday cake for a friend. Meaning a very vibrant red and blue, how would this icing do with that?

  49. Hi there! I prefer gel coloring over the liquid coloring for my frosting b/c (as you said) it doesn’t take as much to get the coloring you need. Red is always kinda difficult for me to get it to be that bright red. I tend to have to add alot of coloring. Maybe you could make a batch of the vanilla buttercream and take out a spoonful of buttercream into a small bowl and test it out with the gel coloring before you put gel coloring in the whole batch. HTH!

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  51. What decorating tip did you use to frost those? Looks great!

  52. Thanks for your compliments. I believed I used a Wilton 1M piping tip.

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  55. So glad you enjoyed my recipe! The marshmallow icing sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing your blog link. I love hearing reviews from my readers :)

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