Birthday Cupcakes – Sugar Spun Run

These fluffy and moist Birthday Cupcakes are flecked with sprinkles and topped together with your favourite frosting. My recipe serves 12 and doubles simply. Recipe features a how-to video!

Four birthday cupcakes on a cake stand with a lit gold birthday candle in the front cupcake.

Do-it-yourself Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday cake often is the traditional birthday dessert, however I’m right here at present to make a case for birthday cupcakes.

Not solely do they bake in much less time and require much less adorning, BUT in addition they prevent the duty of getting that good slice (anybody else have nervousness about this, or simply me?) since they’re already pre-portioned!

And while you stack them on a cake stand, they’ve the identical stately look as a layer cake…have I satisfied you but?

Sprinkle flecked birthday cupcake in a colorful polka dot wrapper that has been unwrapped.

As we speak’s recipe is customized from my yellow cake recipe, which implies it’s fast to make and makes use of elements which might be already in your pantry. The outcomes are candy, moist, and fluffy cupcakes with an unimaginable vanilla taste and lots of sprinkles. I personally love topping them with my white chocolate buttercream, however the frosting choices are actually infinite right here.

Why use my recipe:

  • Simply 20 minutes of prep!
  • Makes use of fastidiously chosen elements for completely moist outcomes.
  • No mixer wanted…yay!
  • Makes 12 cupcakes, however can simply be doubled for twenty-four.
  • Pairs properly with any frosting–I recommend a couple of of my favorites under!

What You Want

Overhead view of labelled ingredients including flour, sugar, eggs, sprinkles, and more.

A lot of the elements used to make my birthday cupcakes are pantry staples, together with:

  • Cake flour. This makes these cupcakes further comfortable and tender! You can substitute this with all-purpose flour, however simply know your cupcakes received’t be fairly as comfortable. If you happen to use all-purpose flour, will probably be the identical if measuring by weight; if you’re measuring by cups, will probably be 1 ⅓ cup.
  • Oil. I attempted omitting the oil fully from this recipe and substituting with butter, however the cupcakes weren’t as moist. I do know seed oils aren’t common proper now (not even in my own residence), so I did do this recipe utilizing avocado oil (I did this in my video) and olive oil. Olive oil offers a refined taste, however I couldn’t choose up any taste with the avocado oil nor might my taste-testers, so if you wish to keep away from seed oils, use avocado oil.
  • Bitter cream. This works equally to buttermilk in that it provides moisture and contributes a refined tanginess that enhances the sweetness of the cupcakes. Plain full-fat Greek yogurt would additionally work.
  • Unsalted butter. Not solely does melted butter make this recipe simple to combine by hand, however it additionally gives one of the best taste and texture.
  • Sprinkles. Use jimmies or quins (spherical, flat discs). Nonpareils will bleed into your batter, so I don’t advocate them there, however they work completely nice for sprinkling on high of your frosting.

SAM’S TIP: Swapping a number of the vanilla extract for almond extract will give these birthday cupcakes a enjoyable depth of taste. It provides just a bit one thing particular, and isn’t that what birthdays are all about anyway?

Bear in mind, that is simply an outline of the elements I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the put up!

How one can Make Birthday Cupcakes

Collage of four photos showing cupcake batter being prepared.
  1. Mix the dry elements with a whisk.
  2. Add the butter and oil and stir till mixed.
  3. Combine collectively the bitter cream, eggs, and vanilla in a separate bowl or measuring cup.
  4. Add the milk into the bitter cream combination, then stir this into your batter till uniform.
Collage of four photos showing cupcakes being prepared, baked, and frosted.
  1. Add the sprinkles and stir till evenly included.
  2. Divide your batter right into a lined cupcake pan, ensuring to fill the liners solely ¾ of the best way full (I like to make use of an ice cream scoop for this!). Discard any extra batter, as this will make the cupcakes overflow onto the cupcake pan.
  3. Bake the cupcakes for 17-19 minutes at 350F. Let the cupcakes cool within the pan for 5-10 minutes earlier than eradicating to a cooling rack to chill utterly.
  4. Frost together with your favourite frosting–ideas under!

SAM’S TIP: Take your cupcakes out of the pan after cooling 5-10 minutes, in any other case the wrappers would possibly turn out to be soggy from steam.

Overhead view of a sprinkle flecked cupcake missing one bite.

Incessantly Requested Questions

Can I make these gluten free?

I haven’t tried it, however I believe a 1:1 gluten free all-purpose flour would work simply nice right here. If you happen to do do this, I’d like to know the way it works out for you!

What’s the best solution to embellish cupcakes?

When you can at all times unfold your frosting in your cupcakes with a knife, I really discover this to be extra time consuming (and fewer enticing!) than simply piping the frosting with a piping bag and tip.

My favourite piping tip for cupcakes is the Ateco 848 (affiliate hyperlink); it’s a big, closed star tip that works equally properly for for piping rosettes or only a easy swirl design.

Sprinkle topped cupcake in a colorful polka dot cupcake wrapper.

In search of one other birthday cake various? Attempt my birthday cake cookies subsequent!

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! If you happen to do this recipe, you’ll want to tag me on Instagram, and you may also discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Four birthday cupcakes on a cake stand with a lit gold birthday candle in the front cupcake.

Birthday Cupcakes

These fluffy and moist birthday cupcakes are flecked with sprinkles and topped together with your favourite frosting. My recipe serves 12 however doubles simply.Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: cupcakes, Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 18 minutes

Complete Time: 38 minutes

Servings: 12 cupcakes

Energy: 220kcal

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  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a cupcake tin with paper liners.

  • In a big mixing bowl, whisk collectively cake flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

    1 ½ cups (170 g) cake flour, 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon salt

  • Add melted butter and oil and stir till mixed.

    6 Tablespoons (85 g) unsalted butter, ¼ cup (60 ml) vegetable, avocado, or canola oil

  • In a separate small bowl or giant measuring cup, whisk collectively bitter cream, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract, then whisk in milk.

    ½ cup (113 g) bitter cream, 1 giant egg + 1 giant egg yolk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ cup (60 ml) entire milk

  • Add bitter cream combination to the dry elements and stir till batter is uniform and well-combined.

  • Stir in sprinkles.

    ⅓ cup sprinkles

  • Divide batter into ready cupcake tin, filling solely ¾ full (be aware: in case you replenish any greater the cupcake tops could unfold a bit on the tin, you probably have extra batter simply discard slightly than overfill) and bake in middle rack of oven for 17-19 minutes till a toothpick inserted within the middle comes out clear or with a couple of moist crumbs.

  • Permit cupcakes to chill in baking pan for 5-10 minutes earlier than fastidiously eradicating to a cooling rack to chill utterly earlier than frosting together with your favourite frosting.

    1 batch white chocolate frosting



Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 3 days.


The frosting I utilized in my video is my favourite chocolate frosting.


Serving: 1cupcake | Energy: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fats: 9g | Saturated Fats: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fats: 2g | Trans Fats: 0.2g | Ldl cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 457IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Dietary info relies on third-party calculations and ought to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will fluctuate primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking methodology, portion sizes, and extra.