Funfetti cupcakes with a healthy twist

These Funfetti Cupcakes are healthier than boxed mix and fun to make with the kids.

My sweet kiddos wanted to bake cupcakes from scratch, and I am never one to pass up a baking project! We debated about the flavor and ultimately settled on funfetti for a colorful sweet treat! This recipe is easy, healthier than your typical cupcake, and delicious!

Ingredients

Cupcakes
  • 1/4 cup butter – softened to room temperature or microwave for 20seconds
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large eggs (or 4 egg whites)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk (*or 2% Greek yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
Buttercream Frosting
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter – softened to room temperature or microwave for 20 seconds
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners (powdered) sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • a pinch of salt

Directions

Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the softened butter, applesauce, oil and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla, baking powder and flour. Stir in milk until the batter is smooth. Blend in sprinkles.
  3. Pour batter into muffin pan.
  4. Bake cupcakes 30-40 minutes, or until top is golden and a fork inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
Frosting
  1. Mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla, milk and salt.
  2. Frost away and decorate!
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