Raspberry Confetti Cupcakes

I’ve never been a vanilla kind of girl.

Wait – scratch that. It’s not that I don’t like vanilla. It’s just that I’ve always loved chocolate much more.

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Even now, if I have the choice between chocolate (or anything else) and vanilla, I’m probably going to pick the chocolate. And I’m not surprised by that.

I grew up with stories of Nany’s chocolate sauce, slices of my Mom’s fudge pie, and hunks of my Mammaw’s Texas Sheet Cake. My birthday cake growing up was always a giant chocolate chip cookie. Almost every picture I have growing up is me with chocolate smeared all over my hands, face, or both.

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But the one vanilla baked good I would always pick over chocolate were the funfetti cupcakes. I’m sure every kid loves the funfetti – there are sprinkles IN the cupcakes and in the frosting!

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So instead of making another chocolate dessert last week, I decided it was time to go vanilla.

I found some big, super bright sprinkles for Nick’s birthday cake and couldn’t wait to use them in a homemade confetti cupcake.

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But these couldn’t just be vanilla confetti cupcakes. I needed something else to kick them up a notch.

Thankfully, I had just picked some blueberries and raspberries at Susan’s house the day before. The whole raspberries in the cupcakes were perfect with the vanilla flavor.

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Plus, those broken bits of fresh raspberries gave these confetti cupcakes even more color. And that’s never a bad thing.

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Raspberry Confetti Cupcakes

Makes: 12 servings

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 Tbsp sprinkles

Icing:

  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 & 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 2 Tbsp sprinkles

Directions:

For the cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar for the cupcakes until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, one item at a time, until combined.
  4. Mix in the flour, baking powder, salt, and buttermilk until mixture is smooth.
  5. Beat in berries on low until they just start to break apart.
  6. Fold in sprinkles.
  7. Fill a muffin tin (either greased or lined with cupcake liners) 2/3 of the way full and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until the cupcakes spring back when you touch them or a toothpick comes out clean.

For the icing:

  1. Beat 1/2 stick of butter until light and creamy.
  2. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until combined.
  3. Add in vanilla and beat until it’s a spreadable consistency.

*I made my frosting a bit thinner than normal to be more like a glaze, but you could make it as thick as you’d like!

26 Responses to “Raspberry Confetti Cupcakes”

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    Yum! :)
    Those pics are amazing…. I want to lick that dreamy creamy frosting..:)
    And, you’re right… funfetti is just fun!

    • admin replied: — July 12th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks Michelle! :)

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    chris — July 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I love fun eating and these are it! I can’t resist anything with raspberries. :)

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal — July 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    I’ve always been more of a chocolate lover myself, but these look phenom!

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    thehealthyapron — July 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    mmmmmmmm these look super tasty!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — July 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    um….this looks bomb.com :)

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    Jennifer (Savor) — July 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    You do mail these to RI right?

    • admin replied: — July 13th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Wish I could! They didn’t last long, though :)

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    Erica — July 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I love the idea of homemade funfetti! And the fruit add in is wonderful. I’m the opposite- I’m a vanilla >chocolate kind of girl :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — July 12, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    I also usually go for chocolate over vanilla, but these look like a wonderful change of pace! So pretty, too.

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    Shannon — July 12, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    isn’t it funny how much everyone loves funfetti? these look awesome!!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — July 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    How fun are these ; )

    • admin replied: — July 13th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks Paula! :)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — July 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    These are so pretty and you know I love me some sprinnnnnkles!!

    • admin replied: — July 13th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      I now understand your sprinkle obsession :) i used more yesterday!

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    Tammy — July 12, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I envy you!

    I have only baked from a box.

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    Faith @ For the Health of It — July 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I’m so with ya on everything in this post – frosting should be more of a glaze (not goopy and thick), chocolate > vanilla whenever there is a choice, and the more sprinkles the better! Yum!

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    Cait's Plate — July 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    LOVE funfetti!! I was literally just thinking the other day “I wonder if I could make my own funfetti cupcakes by adding sprinkles into the batter” haha – those look amazing!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — July 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    LOVE the raspberry addition! yum!

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    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola — July 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I’m a total chocoholic too, but Funfetti has always been my weakness!! These homemade funfetti cupcakes look amazing! I love that you added raspberry to them as well! And as I much as I love the cupcake, I would be very happy with a bowl of that frosting and a spoon… yummm!

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    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — July 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Mmmm I bet raspberries are fabulous in these! I don’t think I’ve ever had a raspberry cupcake before?!

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    Jenny (VintageSugarcube) — July 13, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Raspberries and Sprinkles and that delectable frosting? Sign me up STAT!! :)

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    the wicked noodle — July 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    How cute are these?!! I’m going to make these this weekend and get some serious MOM points :-) YUM!!

    • admin replied: — July 13th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Definitely worth a few Mom points :)

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    Ryan — July 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Yummy! I love confetti anything and great idea to add fresh raspberries– they look delicious!

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    holly — July 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    the addition of raspberries = genius! these look SO good!!!

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