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.

Home made Birthday Cupcakes

Birthday cake will be the basic 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 additionally they prevent the duty of getting that excellent slice (anybody else have anxiousness about this, or simply me?) since they’re already pre-portioned!

And once 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.

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

Why use my recipe:

  • Simply 20 minutes of prep!
  • Makes use of rigorously chosen components for completely moist outcomes.
  • No mixer wanted…yay!
  • Makes 12 cupcakes, however can simply be doubled for twenty-four.
  • Pairs effectively 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 components used to make my birthday cupcakes are pantry staples, together with:

  • Cake flour. This makes these cupcakes additional tender and tender! You would substitute this with all-purpose flour, however simply know your cupcakes received’t be fairly as tender. In the event you use all-purpose flour, will probably be the identical if measuring by weight; in case you are measuring by cups, will probably be 1 ⅓ cup.
  • Oil. I attempted omitting the oil solely from this recipe and substituting with butter, however the cupcakes weren’t as moist. I do know seed oils aren’t widespread 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 delicate taste, however I couldn’t decide up any taste with the avocado oil nor may 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 delicate 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 straightforward to combine by hand, but it surely additionally supplies the most effective 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 fantastic for sprinkling on prime 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?

Keep in mind, that is simply an summary of the components I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the put up!

Tips on how to Make Birthday Cupcakes

Collage of four photos showing cupcake batter being prepared.
  1. Mix the dry components 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 integrated.
  2. Divide your batter right into a lined cupcake pan, ensuring to fill the liners solely ¾ of the way in which full (I like to make use of an ice cream scoop for this!). Discard any extra batter, as this may 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–options under!

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

Overhead view of a sprinkle flecked cupcake missing one bite.

Continuously Requested Questions

Can I make these gluten free?

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

What’s the best technique to embellish cupcakes?

When you can at all times unfold your frosting in your cupcakes with a knife, I truly discover this to be extra time consuming (and fewer engaging!) 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 effectively for for piping rosettes or only a easy swirl design.

Sprinkle topped cupcake in a colorful polka dot cupcake wrapper.

On the lookout for 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! In the event you do this recipe, make sure you tag me on Instagram, and you can too 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

Prepare dinner Time: 18 minutes

Whole 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 massive measuring cup, whisk collectively bitter cream, egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract, then whisk in milk.

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

  • Add bitter cream combination to the dry components 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 (notice: when you refill any larger the cupcake tops could unfold a bit on the tin, if in case you have extra batter simply discard quite 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 rigorously 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 data is predicated on third-party calculations and must 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.