Hooray! We’re continuing the confetti party awesomeness today. I’m sharing my third post from this fabulous colorful party that you first saw in this post. I’m just so excited about all of the recipes and DIYs that came together to make the spread that I just can’t wait to share them with you.
In the words of Julia Child, ‘A party without cake is just a meeting.” I couldn’t agree more, and I wanted the cupcakes for this party to be super fun.
I’ve had a lot of fun making stuffed cupcakes in the past. This time, I wanted to have a vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting with a fun colorful center that is revealed with your first bite.
To accomplish this, I baked a colorful cake pop into each cupcake. You might think having an already baked piece of cake inside a cupcake would lead to dryness or a weird texture, but you are wrong! They are actually as moist and delicious as a regular cupcake. I can’t explain it, but it’s true!
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Colorful Stuffed Vanilla Cupcakes
- Prep Time: 1 hour
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Vanilla cupcake recipe of your choice. My absolute favorite is this one
- Gel food coloring
- Vanilla frosting recipe of your choice. I used Sweetapolita’s bakery style frosting
- Non-Pareil Sprinkles
- Make the vanilla cupcake batter. Divide the batter in half and set aside one portion. Divide the other half into several small bowls.
- Stir in gel food coloring into each bowl. Add coloring slowly and work up to the saturation of your choice.
- Grease your cake pop pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter in filling the tray a tiny bit less than halfway. Cover with the other half of the baking tray. Bake according to the recipe directions. Use a toothpick to check doneness through the little vent holes at the top of the pan. Remove from pan and let cool completely on wire rack.
- Line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Add a spoonful of the uncolored cake batter to each liner to act as ‘glue’ to keep the cake pop-centered. Spoon the rest of the batter around each cake ball, filling each halfway.
- Bake recipe according to recipe directions, using a toothpick to check the uncolored part for doneness. Remove from cupcake pan and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- To get the frosting look in these pictures, use a large round piping tip to pipe a large swirl of frosting on top of each cupcake. Use the back of a small offset spatula to push down the center in a circular motion to create an indent and swirl. Sprinkle with sprinkles before the frosting sets.
Tips: If you’re short on time, boxed cake mix will work beautifully for this recipe. You don’t need extra batter to make these stuffed cupcakes. The cake pop balls in the photos are a bit…shaggy because I forgot to grease my pan. They still turned out beautifully and you couldn’t tell at all in the cupcakes. If you have a little edge on the baked cake pops from them leaking between the two pan halves, just use kitchen shears to trim them.
P.S. – Love these colorful cupcakes? Check out these other confetti party DIYs: