Funfetti cupcakes are one of my favorite flavors, and especially if they are topped with strawberry frosting! This is a pairing that should go down as a classic.
- Make sure your butter is room temperature and very soft, but don't melt it! Combine the butter and sugar in your mixer and beat it for about 3 minutes. It will lighten in color and look fluffy.
- Your egg whites should also be room temperature. Slowly add to the butter and sugar while the mixer is still running. Add the vanilla. Mix well to combine.
- Sift the dry ingredients together.
- Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the room temperature water to the mixture. Do a third of the dry, a third of the water, and back and forth until it is all combined in the mixer. Add the sprinkles last.
- Beat the batter on high for 2 minutes.
- For Cupcakes: prepare your muffin pan with cupcake liners. Scoop the batter into each liner about 3/4 way full. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes
For Cakes: prepare your cake pans by lining the bottom with a cut out round piece of parchment paper, and spray the sides of the pan generously with non-stick spray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-45 minutes (depending on size of cake)
This recipe yields about 35 cupcakes, or three 6" rounds, or two 8" rounds.
- Wash the strawberries and take off the leaves. Cut them into quarters, then blend them into a smooth puree. Put them in a saucepan with the 2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Cook them until it becomes very thick. We are reducing the strawberries, meaning we are boiling out the water, so we are left with more concentrated strawberry flavor. It will take around 15 minutes and you will want to stir it frequently, so you don’t burn it.
- Let the strawberry sauce cool completely before moving on.
- In a bowl, mix the butter and cream cheese until it is very smooth. Alternate adding the powder sugar and the strawberry sauce. Add the vanilla and salt last.
- Keep the frosting cold until you are ready to use it.
Note: This frosting will not hold up in hot weather. Keep it as close to room temperature as possible so that it doesn't melt.