Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

Recipe Time!
Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes
(AKA the Cakewriter)via The Kitchn
Makes 24 cupcakes

What You’ll Need

  • 4 egg whites from large eggs
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup multi-colored sprinkles

The How-To

  1. Preheat to 350°F
  2. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup of milk, egg whites & both vanilla + almond extract in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Grab a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together. Add the butter and the rest of the milk.
  4. After that’s fully mixed, add in the egg white mixture.
  5. Add the sprinkles.
  6. For cupcakes, fill each spot 2/3 of the way full and bake for about 20 minutes.
  7. Make my vanilla buttercream recipe please don’t use canned frosting this stuff is so much better I promise.

Okay. So let me explain – find the toenail? Gross right?
Wrong. (No, still right.)
But really.

Once upon a time I was an art director working with a team at a marketing agency. Over a year later, I am still an art director, and I am still working at the same agency, but things have changed. I happened to come into the agency at the same time as this senior copywriter guy with messy hair. I’d never worked with a copywriter before, and he had a lot more experience than me, so I was intimidated. He was also into sports, “didn’t like” chocolate, and also didn’t like peanut butter, so I felt like we had nothing in common. I mean, obviously.
As I said earlier, I work at an agency. Anyone who is familiar with the inner workings of the marketing/advertising world, there’s a pretty quick turnaround for length of employment. Two years is usually near the longer amount of time anyone stays. My original boss had since left, and so messy hair copywriter guy became my new boss. I was skeptical, but mostly because I didn’t know him very well.
I found out we had some stuff in common: We both love avocados and watch Supernatural. I was happy about this.
Since I bake a lot, and I missed his birthday last year, he requested funfetti cupcakes. I was skeptical of his funfetti request, because everyone associates them with the in-the-box easy stuff with canned frosting that tastes as artificial as … well, boxed cake. Also this is not to say that baking these wasn’t easy, it was. He also saw online a long time ago someone left a cake in the kitchen of an office with “find the toenail” written on top. He requested that special for his birthday.
Now that I know him better, I get his sense of humor, I understand the way he works and how we all work together as a team, and I couldn’t be happier. Sure, I miss my old boss, but change is good, and he’s a great guy. I was happy to test the mettle of my coworker’s trust that I didn’t actually put a toenail in these cakes, (I didn’t.) and I was happy to have contributed something delicious as a friend for his birthday.

I actually think funfetti cupcakes are fitting for messy hair copywriter guy, since the sprinkles are kinda messy like his hair. And they’re creative in the way that they add a special kind of fruity-pebble color to the otherwise boring vanilla cupcakes.

Moral of the story is that even though I didn’t like funfetti cupcakes at first, I gave them a shot and they were actually pretty great. Same with this guy who is now my great boss. Same with me who almost got pegged the wrong way with a misleading portfolio website, but a better interview.

If you reblog this it’s okay if you erase my lame story. I understand.

Have fun finding those toenails.
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