My friend’s daughter got very sick last week. She had to be admitted to the hospital and after four traumatizing days for my friend and her family she was finally released to come back home. She is still under observation but she is a trooper and fighting her way through her sickness with a smile.
Since the poor little girl went through so much, I decided to welcome her back home with cupcakes. I remember when I used to get sick as a child, I would crave for something sweet- anything to get rid of that bitter taste that medicines leave in your mouth.
I knew she loves funfetti, well which kid doesn’t? And, I had recently stumbled upon this recipe by Sally’s Baking Addiction. They seemed the perfect amount of fun to greet a child with.
Sally uses a vanilla buttercream for the frosting and while I am sure that tasted absolute heaven, these days my latest frosting craze is the chocolate malt frosting (originally by Sweetapolita) I used for the five layer cake. And since I love the combination of vanilla with chocolate, you do get the best of both worlds, I paired these fun funfetti cupcakes with the chocolate malt frosting.
The cupcakes are great on their own, and fun to look at with colorful speckles all over the cupcake. So if you do not want the extra calories, skip the frosting and just make the cupcakes.
But, I’d rather you not.
Instead, I would suggest you have only one, or even half but make sure you have it with the frosting since it is so darn good. Since that’s how it is supposed to be. Because that’s what makes these divine. I can not say it enough, but treat yourself with this frosting now!
And, since these were being made for a kid in mind I made sure I topped each cupcake with a LOOOOT of frosting. <3
And even though the chocolate malt frosting is great on its own. With sprinkles, you just take it up a notch and any frosting debacles you have are covered up with the colorful funfetti on top. There is just something about funfetti. It just makes everything that much more pretty.
And, not that I have anything against plain vanilla cupcakes but when you add funfetti to them, you add fun to them.
So here are some fun cupcakes with a seriously addictive frosting.
Make them now, will you :)!
And just because I am in a fun mood, I thought I’ll make a GIF and name it “now you have sprinkles, now you don’t”.
- 1⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup yogurt (Sally mentions you can use any- plain, vanilla, greek or even sour cream. I used greek yogurt)
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup sprinkles
- 2 sticks butter, room temperature
- 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
- 37.5 gms ovaltine classic malt powder
- ½ tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 125 gm dark or semi-sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
- 60 ml whipping cream
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners..
- In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with the sugar - mixture will be gritty. Chill in the refrigerator for a minute.
- Stir in egg, yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract until combined.
- Gradually mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain. Batter will be thick.
- Slowly stir in sprinkles, but do not overmix because the sprinkles will bleed their color.
- Divide batter among 12 cupcake liners and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before you frost them.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, combine the sugar and butter and beat on the lowest speed for a minute till mixed.
- Add the malt powder, vanilla, salt and again beta on low till combined.
- Add in the melted and cooled chocolate and beat on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. This is when you will see things shaping up. Resist the temptation to stick your hand in and get a lick of the frosting.
- Add the whipping cream and beat on medium high for about a minute. (This frosting is best used right away.)
- Top with more sprinkles. Eat. Enjoy. Indulge.