Cake Batter Cupcakes

The Story:

I almost didn’t write a post today for today!

“School too busy?” you ask.  No.

“Did I get sick?” No.

“Boy problems?” Always…but no.

Taylor Swift is to blame for this one.  Her and her new song “22” has been my anthem for the last 24 hours and I have listened to it probably 30 times today (no joke).  So I have just been here dancing in my room for the last (insert an OBSCENE amount of time here… then times it by 2) dancing to the song with a bottle of sprinkles as my pretend microphone.

I have never been happier to be 22, thanks Tay!  This cupcakes for you! [end-story]

Cake Batter Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Cake Batter Cupcakes


Yellow Sprinkle Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1/3 C. oil
3 eggs
2/3 C. buttermilk
2/3 C. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 C. multi-colored sprinkles
Cake Batter Frosting:
1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4-1/3 C. yellow cake mix (dry)
3-4 C. powdered sugar
Extra Sprinkles to Decorate


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix into a small bowl and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine oil, eggs, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract.
4. Stir in cake mix until smooth.
5. Gently fold in sprinkles. Depending on the type you use, the dye from the sprinkles may start to come off in the batter, so don't stir too much 🙂
6. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 17-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
7. Cake Batter Frosting: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/4 C. of yellow cake mix and beat again. Slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. Taste, and add more yellow cake mix to get a stronger flavor.
8. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and top with more sprinkles!
9. Go listen to Taylor Swift's "22" and dance and eat your cupcakes!

56 thoughts on “Cake Batter Cupcakes

  1. 1

    Never enough sprinkles! Love these

  2. 2

    Extra sprinkles are mandatory! These cupcakes look phenom 🙂

  3. 3
    Mimi says:

    These look FAB!

  4. 4
    Shirley says:

    Do you take 1/4 cup of the cake mix for the frosting out of it before mixing it for the cupcakes, or do you have to buy another cake mix for the frosting?

    • 4.1

      Take it from another box. I know, sort of a pain, but I flavor a lot of stuff with the dry yellow cake mix, so it works out! You can add it to rice crispy treats even, check out my Cake Batter Rice Crispy Treat Recipe!

  5. 5
    Judy says:

    Hey Lizzy… I am gonna have to try this one. When is your book going to be available…I am so anxious to
    get it!

  6. 6
    Stephanie says:

    Where do you buy your mass supply of cupcake liners? I make ATON of cupcakes and the store bought ones are just to expensive!

  7. 7
    Wendy says:

    If you have a Cash N Carry near you. The liners are sold there by the 500 as well.

  8. 8
    Christie says:

    Would a regular buttercream work instead of cream cheese?

  9. 9
    Kaitlyn Mitchell says:

    so its my birthday on thursday and i was trying to find a cupcake recipe to make and im so glad i found these! traditional birthday cupckaes!!!!(: thanks!(:

  10. 10
    Ltca says:

    Of you do a regular buttercream I suggest sifting the dry cake batter a few times. It made the buttercream somewhat gritty without the creme cheese. The cake was fabulous though, I did add 1/2tsp Vanilla and 1/2tsp butter flavor. 🙂

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    Cerina says:

    I didn’t know that it is okay to eat raw cake batter mix (in the frosting). Simply just curious, I would like to know it is safe to eat raw cake batter, and I know sometimes you like using yellow cake mix for flavoring 🙂

  12. 12
    Jordan Beth Roark says:

    if wou were to make chocolate cupcakes, could you use this frosting recipe with chocolate cake mix instead of yellow?

  13. 13
    Raina says:

    Alright, my 5 yr old is smitten by these cupcakes. So, I am making them for his birthday tomorrow. I am loving the fact that I can just have him browse and pick what he wants. You are a life saver! I really wished he would have chosen the chocolate mascarpone cupcakes though. I need some of those ASAP!
    Xo, Raina

  14. 14
    Lisa weir says:

    Do you think you could use this type of frosting on a sugar cookie the frosting on a sugar cookie seem to sweet was trying to find something that wasn’t so sweet I love your frosting they taste so much better than the reg butter cream frosting on cakes thanks for terrific recipes . Lisa:)

  15. 15
    Lindah says:

    Hello, I’m in absolute love with your page! I want to bake every single cupcake I see! lol
    I have decided to give this sprinkle, cakes a try, and wanted to ask what tip# did you used to
    Pipe the frosting on these cupcakes? And do you have a tutorial on how to pipe them like you do?
    I mean they look Devine each one of them!
    Thank you so much ^_^

  16. 16
    swanska says:

    How do you fill your cupcake tins so evenly? Some of mine are too full or too small. Is there a trick?

    • 16.1

      I use food scoops. Mine is a 2 oz scoop and you can find them at some specialty stores but also places like Michael’s, Target and Walmarts are starting to carry them too!

  17. 17
    Kat says:

    I made 6 dozen of these for a work event over the weekend and were a HUGE HIT today! This is easily the most delicious frosting I’ve ever made, and they turned out so adorable.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful, easy-to-follow recipe!

  18. 18
    Samantha says:

    Hi!! I know you said it is fine to intermix milks (buttermilk is best 🙂 ) in the batters. Is that true for the buttercreams as well?? Thanks. I’m going to use buttermilk in the frosting as we don’t have milk in the house.

  19. 19
    taylor leuenberger says:

    Lizzy, mine did not turn out like yours at all…

  20. 20
    Lydia says:

    These look so good! I am going to look up that song right now.
    Thank you.

  21. 21
    Cera Cano says:

    I’m making these tomorrow for my sisters graduation party but I was wondering if the nonperils in the cake batter make the cake crunchy? In the funfetti cake mix the sprinkles kind of melt so there isn’t a crunch left over after baking, do these do this also?

  22. 22
    Nancy zollarcoffer says:

    Your cupcakes are so cute, what tip number do you use for the frosting mines never comes out this perfect.

  23. 23
    Megan says:

    I just found this recipe and am going to make it for my friend’s golden birthday! However I was wondering if I need to refrigerate the frosting. I was hoping to make and decorate them today and bring.them to her party tomorrow. Please advise! Thanks! Your site is adorable!

  24. 24
    Anita says:

    These look great! Always looking for a good cupcake recipe! x

  25. 25
    jenna says:

    Do you think it would be ok to use coconut oil or olive oil ? That is all I have. Thanks

  26. 26
    Jessie Gonzalez says:

    Hi Lizzy! I am so inspired by your cupcakes and i want take my baking creativity and make it my career! I am in high school and i have an at home business where i make fondant specialty cakes and cupcakes for friends and family! I love your recipes and have been wanting to try new ones but always thought i was cheating my clients out by using box mixes (and i can not make a good scratch recipe for the life of me.) Anywho, i was wondering for this recipe if i can use a white cake mix instead of yellow and if i substituted the buttermilk for regular milk would it make a big difference? Thank you for your amazing recipes and hopefully i can have a blog as successful as yours! 🙂

    • 26.1

      A yellow mix gives a richer taste and the buttermilk helps to thicken the batter and keep the cake more moist. So you can make both of the substitutions but if you want the best cake, stick to the recipe 🙂

  27. 27
    misty says:

    Can I use a french vanilla mix instead of yellow for the cupcakes? Would it still taste fine or would yellow be better?

  28. 28
    Katti says:

    I made this for my daughter’s birthday last year and everyone LOVED it! I am going to make them for my daughter’s birthday again this year, but I’m wondering if I can dye the frosting pink? I have some Wilton food coloring I was going to put in… and put in the clear vanilla. Would the yellow cake mix make the pink food coloring turn out weird? Thanks so much!

  29. 29
    Lizzy Smith says:

    For the buttermilk, do I have to buy it or can I make my own with milk and vinegar ? Do you think it will make a difference in regards to the ” thickening” of the batter ? I know it will give me the desired flavor of the buttermilk but ….
    Thanks !

  30. 30
    angel says:

    My cupcakes came out a little underdone.
    also, followed the frosting recipe exact and I cant taste the “cake batter” taste. The cream cheese really overpowers the flavor

    • 30.1

      Every oven is different, you should always insert a knife or toothpick into your cakes and make sure it comes out clean. As for the cake batter taste in the frosting, just add more cake mix!

  31. 31
    Patsy says:

    I am curious, other than the sprinkles, what does cake mix actually add to the frosting, in terms of flavor and texture? It seems to me that you could make a nice frosting using the ingredients even without the cake mix. Butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla and milk – why use the cake mix at all?

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    Katie says:

    Hello! I’m looking to make something like this for my brother’s graduation. Does the cake batter cupcake and cake batter icing make the combined flavor too strong? I was debating making only one part cake batter, the icing or the cupcake. What are your suggestions?

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    christine says:

    I just made these (just the cupcake so far – no frosting) with white cake mix and milk (not buttercream) and they are light and fluffy – perfect for what I was looking for. Thanks so much for sharing this! I think the sour cream makes a huge difference along with the sifting of the cake mix. My son will love them!

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