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Funfetti Buttercream Frosting

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Frosting gets even more fun when you add sprinkles! This funfetti buttercream is perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more in a colorful party ready way.

Swirl of buttercream frosting with colorful sprinkles throughout.

There is just something about sprinkles that just screams fun. So adding them to a batch of buttercream instantly takes it to the next level.

My cookie cake loving sister was coming to town for a visit and we needed a special treat to celebrate. So we thought we would whip up a fun batch of sprinkle filled cookie bars.

The texture of the cookies is soft kind of like lofthouse cookies and they go great with a nice thick layer of frosting on top. While spreading some American buttercream across the bars and tossing on a handful of sprinkles would have been fun, Little Dude and I decided to go whole hog and put sprinkles IN the frosting too.

We started with a base of crusting buttercream and folded in some jimmies style sprinkles. The results are fun with specks of color throughout.

Luckily it is super simple to make and it tastes amazing. It instantly takes your baked goods to the next level.

Tips and tricks

Making this frosting is super easy to do and it is very forgiving. So it is fabulous for bakers of all skill levels.

Spatula filled with colorful sprinkle funfetti frosting.

The first key is to make sure your butter is soft enough to be easily beaten smooth. You don’t want chunks of butter in your frosting later.

Once the butter is smooth and fluffy, you are ready to add the rest of the ingredients. The only other real key to making the frosting perfect is to get the consistency right before you add the sprinkles.

I personally prefer softer frosting for spreading and slightly stiffer frosting for piping. Once the base frosting is perfect, fold in the sprinkles.

Folding them in by hand only takes a minute and will help to keep them whole. That’s it, you are ready to use your buttercream.

Piped swirl of funfetti frosting.

If you are going to pipe this frosting, you want to use a tip with a large opening. A big open star tip works well.

You don’t want to use a small tip that will get clogged with the sprinkles. It isn’t worth the headache, so choose wisely.

That’s really about all there is to it. Toss a few more sprinkles on top if desired and enjoy your treats!

More sprinkle filled dessert recipes

If you like the chocolate chip cookies with pudding in the mix, you are going to love funfetti chip cookies. They are loaded with sprinkles and white chocolate chips, making them perfect for a party.

Or make a funfetti gooey butter cake. It has sprinkles in the cakey crust layer and more in the gooey cream cheese layer!

Funfetti cookie dough dip is perfect with fruit, graham crackers, pretzels and more. It is a fun way to change up your dessert routine.

And of course the funfetti sugar cookie bars we made this frosting for are a good option too!

What are your favorite sprinkle filled desserts?

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Yield: 24 Servings

Funfetti Buttercream Frosting

Swirl of buttercream frosting with colorful sprinkles throughout.

Frosting gets even more fun when you add sprinkles! This funfetti buttercream is perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more in a colorful party ready way.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Beat butter until it is smooth and creamy. Add shortening and mix until combined.
  2. Add powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, mixing until combined.
  3. Turn mixer up to medium and beat for at least two minutes. The frosting should be light and fluffy. Add more milk or powdered sugar if necessary to reach your desired consistency.
  4. Fold in the sprinkles and use on your favorite desserts.

Notes

Buttercream can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. Store it in the refrigerator for up to a week or the freezer for several months.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Frosting gets even more fun when you add sprinkles! This funfetti buttercream is perfect for topping cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more in a colorful party ready way.

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