Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe

Easy sprinkles cupcakes recipe with sprinkles both on the inside and outside! 

Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe

Here is a sprinkles cupcake recipe I recently came up with. It’s based on my butter pound cake recipe, and since I wanted to add sprinkles to the batter, to make sure the sprinkles do not sink to the bottom of the cupcakes, I modified the recipe to produce stiffer batter by increasing the proportion of flour to sugar and butter for this sprinkles cupcakes recipe.

Also, my basis for not increasing sugar by the same proportion is because, the sprinkles are sweet, so that makes additional sugar unnecessary. And of course, for the lower proportion of butter, I use slightly more milk than I would for the butter pound cake, but not too much that the batter turns runny.

Frankly speaking, since this was the first trial, I made a very small batch, and I used mini muffin cups to bake the cupcakes. I must admit that I am really not a fan of sprinkles simply because I feel that there is too much coloring in it, but when I saw how these cupcakes turned out, I was impressed! I really love the explosion of colors in the cupcakes. They scream fun and cheerfulness and will definitely be a great choice for a fun and cheerful event.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe

Here is the printable version of my sprinkles cupcakes recipe and while you are at it, don't miss my recipe notes right below. They contain absolutely useful tips for the best sprinkles cupcakes ever!

Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe

By , Jul 10, 2019

Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe

Easy sprinkles cupcakes recipe with sprinkles both on the inside and outside!


Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Yield: -
Keyword: Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe
Category: Dessert


  • 90 g butter (salted)
  • 90 g castor sugar
  • 180 g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla essence
  • A pinch of salt
  • 3 tbsp sprinkles (or funfetti as some call it)
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Prepare your cupcake liners ( I used mini muffin cups here).
  2. Sift self raising flour, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
  3. In a clean bowl, cream butter and sugar until the mixture turns light, creamy and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrap the bowl and beat well.
  5. Add the sifted flour alternatively with milk, starting and ending with flour.
  6. Next, add vanilla essence and combine well. And finally, add in the sprinkles. Mix the batter only to the extent the sprinkles are well combined. Over mixing can cause the sprinkles to break.
  7. Spoon the batter into your prepared cupcake liners or muffin cups.
  8. Bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 10 to 15 minutes. To test if the cupcakes are done, insert a small toothpick in the center of one cupcake. If it comes out without any wet batter sticking to it, your cupcakes are done.
  9. Remove from oven and decorate as you wish.

Sprinkles Cupcakes Recipe - Success Factors

  • Cream butter and sugar well - The creaming process helps to produce soft and fluffy cupcakes, so don't skip on this step. Make sure you cream the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
  • Eggs and butter at room temperature - Often, when the butter or eggs are cold, your cupcakes (and cakes) batter will tend to curdle. This does not happen if both are of the same temperature. However, since butter is hard to whip when cold, it would typically have turned warmer upon whipping. Adding cold eggs to this, however, can cause curdling. To prevent this, make sure both the eggs and butter are at room temperature. And if your batter still curdles, don't fret. Add some flour to the creamed mixture until it is no longer curdled. Continue with the remaining flour alternately with milk after that.
  • Do not add too much liquid to the cupcake batter - This is important to prevent the sprinkles from sinking to the bottom of the cupcakes. Keep the liquid amount added to the batter strictly to the quantity mentioned in the recipe.
  • Add sprinkles right at the end - This recipe calls for the addition of sprinkles as the last step before scooping the batter into cupcake casings and baking. Adding the sprinkles any time earlier than this means they will be subjected to a lot of mixing, which can break them. This, in turn, will cause the colors to get mixed up, and you will not end up with the pretty specks of colors in the cupcakes anymore.
  • Do not overfill the cupcakes - These cupcakes can be baked in both cupcake casings as well as muffin casings like the ones I have used on this page. Either way, make sure you only fill the casings with batter no more than 3/4 full. Anything more than that could result in the batter overflowing the casings.
  • Use soft sugar sprinkles - The sprinkles I have used in this sprinkles cupcakes recipe are the soft and crunchy ones. I have not made these cupcakes with the harder sprinkles (some sprinkles are quite hard to bite), and so am not sure how using such sprinkles in the cupcakes will result in.
  • Do not overbake the cupcakes - Overbaking can cause your cupcakes to become dry. Always test with a skewer at least 5 minutes before the baking time is up. If there is no wet batter sticking to the skewer and the top of the cupcakes spring back when pressed lightly, the cupcake are done and can be removed from the oven. 
  • Storing the cupcakes - these cupcakes can last at room temperature for a good 4 to 5 days (provided they are handled without any traces of moisture). If you wish to keep them longer, it is best to refrigerate them in an airtight container. Also, if you do not intend to use them right after baking, these cupcakes can be refrigerated for up to one week in an airtight container. Bring the cupcakes to room temperature before decorating or serving.
Baked sprinkles cupcakes

And that's pretty much all I have to share about my sprinkles cupcakes. 

To complete these cute cupcakes, I decorated them with buttercream swirls and more sprinkles. Click here to learn more on how I decorated these really fun colorful funfetti cupcakes!

Decorated sprinkles cupcake

Happy Decorating :)

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