Nothing says “Happy New Year” like confetti!!! These cakes, baked in cups, have confetti in every fun bite!
Confession: I am a confetti addict. I LOVE it. I don’t mind vacuuming it up for months after New Year’s Eve- at all! A few years ago we piled as much confetti as we could on my ceiling fan blades and at midnight we turned on the fan. Ah— SO much fun!!!! You should totally try it. As a side note… on Cinco de May0 we also piled little candies on the fan and turned it on. We called it a “FAÑATA” ! 🙂 It hurt a little…but the memories!!!
Someday I want to be in Times Square on NYE…mainly for the confetti, but this year I will celebrate at my dad’s, and I have serious doubts about the level of confetti at our party…but he reads my blog, so maybe he will be inspired by my ideas! (*hint *hint dad…!)
Whether your party includes real confetti or not, these cups of cake will add some edible confetti to the celebration! Plus the strawberry and cream flavors… oh my.
Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)
INGREDIENTS: (makes 12-16 cups of cake, or 24 cupcakes)
- One boxed strawberry cake mix (plus water, oil and eggs to make according to package)
- 2 cups (seriously- or more…) confetti sprinkles
- 2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
- 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons of clear vanilla
- A little white food coloring to brighten up the frosting (if desired!)
- 12-16 (8 oz.) party cups. I got mine at Target in the dollar section, but there are all sorts on Amazon- like these. (or make these as cupcakes with polka dot cupcake liners!!)
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees and place cups on cookie sheets (preferably the sort with edges, to prevent sliding!)
- Make cake according to package.
- Mix in a cup of confetti sprinkles, and spoon batter into cups, filling them about 1/2 full.
- Bake according to package directions for cupcakes- but add a little extra time since they are bigger, and test with a toothpick. When it comes out clean, they are done!
*Note: I was a little uncomfortable baking in these paper cups- so I kept a constant eye on them. I’m not sure if they can burn- I suppose it depends on the cup- and I read about people who made cupcakes in Starbucks coffee cups and just did it with no problems. Please be careful though- and use your good judgement about baking in paper cups. If you have any hesitation, use cute cupcake liners instead! 😉
- Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely.
- Make frosting by combining butters, powdered sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on high until very light and fluffy (about 4-5 minutes). Add white coloring if desired.
- Scoop frosting on top of each little cake and then press the frosting into a bowl filled with confetti sprinkles to coat the top completely.
My thoughts: These are a delicious and pretty way to say “Happy New Year!!!” I hope you love them as much as I do!!!
Other fun New Year’s treats to make for your party! (click on a photo to see the recipe)