Funfetti Cupcakes: Reboot

The rainbow sprinkle. An enigma which has flooded the kingdom of sugar. From the most bourgeois of high society petit-fours, to the gentrified $30 corner-store treat, it has permeated all sorts of our cravings. We’re talking about a teeny, tiny concotion of sugar, wax and artificial flavorings, so what gives? What has bolstered the rainbow sprinkle (sorry chocolate sprinkles, not your post) to the inner-most sanctum of sweet symbols?

A lot of blood, sweat and tears, it would appear. We have the creative badassery of ladies like Candace Nelson (Sprinkles bakery) and Molly Yeh (My Name is Yeh) to thank. Thanks to rockstars like these, 2015 me was able to dip my toe in the Funfetti pool. And now, 2017 me is able to perfect (read- improve) the same sugary delight.

And so, as fanfare to my return to health, I give you… Funfetti Cupcakes: Round 2!

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In general I leveraged the same recipe as Funfetti Round 1 (see above- my darling little turd cupcakes), with a few small adjustments. The largest being that I learned my lesson and did not overwhelm the frosting with sprinkles before filling the piping bag. See, when you do such a thing, chances are high that you will break the frosting bag. Lo! With this small tweak, my frosting no longer resembled a colorful turd. Instead I garnished the cupcakes with an array of sprinkles, so that the my happy, rainbow vibe was apparent instead and outside of the cupcake. Other small adjustments included using only egg whites to maximize fluffiness and Madagascar vanilla in place of the previously generic option. The result? A day where I consumed 12 cupcakes and little else 🙂

Recipe (makes 12):

Cupcakes:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon Madagascar vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Sprinkles

Frosting:

  • 15 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 stick melted butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 2 tsp Madagascar vanilla
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Rainbow sprinkles for garnish

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Pre-heat oven to 350 and choose the happiest, brightest, shiniest cupcake liners you possibly can. Combine cupcake ingredients (sans eggs) and mix in large bowl. To separate your egg whites, gently crack and move the contents of the egg back and forth, letting the yolk fall into the sink. Once you feel like you have only the egg white remaining, add to your cake batter and beat until smooth.

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Separate into your cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes. Your cupcakes will rise nicely and you’ll see a beautiful melange of colorful streaks and spots over their tops. Although it will initially hurt you to see these cupcakes covered in frosting, fear not. While they cool, you can stare longingly and combine your frosting ingredients at the same time. Add frosting to piping bag and frost cupcakes. Now douse in as many rainbow sprinkles as you would like. And please, please, reward yourself by eating all twelve.

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(in the process of eating all 12… probably still on cupcake 3 or 4 at this point…)

Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Xo,
Jenna

One Bubbly Birthday

Hi friends!

It’s been a minute. This is largely due to one of the most debilitating colds/infections/sicknesses I’ve dealt with in a while. While my (imaginary) school of medicine believes that cupcakes and sparkling wine cure everything, my “real” doctor squad (the one I pay co-pays to, the pre-med sister, and the ass-kicking intern best friend) kind of aligned that fluids, rest, and meds were a better route.

Squarely in the middle of this cold season fell my 28th birthday! It was hands down the best birthday I’ve ever had. I say this most years, and I think that’s by design. That my friendships, my work achievements, my hobbies, and my adventures keep getting cooler and cooler is, well–COOL!

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The weekend prior, some of my beautiful lady friends treated me to a delicious supper at ClarkLewis. The week of, I kicked things off by cheering on my Blazers from killer seats. I treated my actual birthday as my floating holiday at work (National Jenna Appreciation Day) and headed to Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. Historically, I’ve been fairly opposed to gambling, but I guess new, 28-year-old me is a fan–and a big-time winner! I returned home on Sunday relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy a steak the size of my head at St. Jack. Bisous, bisous, bisous to everyone who made the celebrations so special.

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I figured it was in everyone’s best interests if I didn’t bake cupcakes while under the weather–but that didn’t stop a certain special someone from gifting me a truly top-notch bubbles gift.

YAY for Dom! This bottle joins another in my collection that will only be consumed when there’s a diamond ring on my finger, when I check off 100% of my professional goals (probably never going to happen), or–heck–when bubbles + sprinkles opens its first brick and mortar store. Hey, you read it here first!

Dom on its own is a sleek and sassy class act. But vintages like this one and my 2004 Limited Edition Gift Box by Jeff Koons are just next level. The box features designs by iconic artists, this one specifically–Michael Riedel. The bottle features a taste profile of licorice (not normally my jam, but they make it WORK), hay, tangerines, and peaches. It invokes some serious summer vibes, which automatically puts me in an amazing mood. (NOTE–even though I’m not opening this special bottle, I have tried this vintage at a recent shindig. Hence, I can speak to yumminess specifics.)

Closing the chapter on year 27, I have but one wish–a speedy recovery to 100% so that I can share “Then and Now: Funfetti Cupcakes.” Stay tuned…

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Xo,
Jenna

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m a fan of all Hallmark-inspired holidays. They never shy away from the two things that this site focuses on.

But I’m a particularly huge fan of Valentine’s Day. One could even call it the patron holiday of bubs and sprinks. A day when I can rock my pink and red and white. A day when I can justify a perma-sugar coma. A day when everyone should share the love as much as they possibly can!

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In honor of our [brand] new patron holiday, we’re rebooting an old favorite, with a brand new audience. I was hosted by Afternoon Live this week, and I doctored up a batch of Spicy Red Velvet. This was actually the very first recipe I ever made for bubbles+sprinkles. I would like to think today’s turned out a heck of a lot better than 2013’s 🙂 As always, huge thanks to Tre and the show for having me. It was a total blast. You can check out the video and recipe, here. 

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Looking for help with your future sugary treat needs? Feel free to reach out to hello@bubblesandsprinkles.com or take advantage of the form at the top of the page. Remember that all orders this month will benefit Planned Parenthood. I would like to continue contributing profits from this site to charities who could really use it. Have an idea for a group that would really appreciate it? Let me know!

Hope that everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Xo,
Jenna

Hazelnut Cupcakes + a Limited Offer

The primary goal of bubbles+sprinkles is to become a master of two rather happy and sparkly things- cupcakes and sparkling wine. But the secondary goal of a hobby that may seem frivolous, is to bring smiles to all that it impacts.

This was a tough, but very important weekend. I am so incredibly proud of any who marched anywhere and stood up for what they believe in. I am very proud to be from a city and state that champion individuality as much as they do. (I mean- our slogan is “Keep Portland Weird”!) This week’s cupcake is for Oregon.

Did you know that the hazelnut is our state nut? We also have a state berry, who will be making her appearance when she’s properly in season beginning this summer. Though I’m not a huge nut fan, this cupcake has pizzazz, and an excellent texture. I chose to bring back Nutella (always a favorite) and integrate to both the cupcake and frosting.

You’ll find the recipe below. And I want to share a limited offer. For the first, er- I mean next 30 days, place any bubbles+sprinkles order, and all proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood. This is not a political stand, but an opportunity to contribute to a resource that many depend on.

Recipe (makes 12):

Cake:

  • 2 cups white flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Frosting:

  • 16 oz confectioners sugar
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut coffee creamer

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Pre-heat oven to 350 and line cupcake tin. Combine cake ingredients and fold in hazelnuts. Fill cupcake liners and bake for 15 minutes. While cupcakes bake and then cool, mix frosting ingredients. Garnish with additional hazelnuts and enjoy!

Hope that you all have a wonderful week!

Xo,
Jenna

Checking Out HelpWith

It has been a couple of eventful weeks! I can’t say the most entirely positive things about all of this snow. It served as the catalyst for a fender bender, ensured no safe passage to work for multiple days, and generally exhausted any rose-colored glasses that I had previously about snow days.

That being said, Mother Nature did afford me some time to think long and hard about bubbles+sprinkles. What do I want to accomplish this year? What are the audiences that I’d like to share this blog with? How can I best reach customers, and what skills can I continue to finesse over 2017? I was able to put thought and answers around each of the above questions, and that left me feeling more and more excited about the coming months.

Part of my personal ethos, is a huge passion for local businesses. I truly love Portland, its people, and all that it stands for. So when HelpWith reached out, it seemed like a very natural partnership. The goal of HelpWith, is to partner those who are experienced in their fields, with those that want to learn. The goal of bubbles+sprinkles, is to educate readers and valued customers on how to make the yummiest cupcakes and feel totally educated sipping the most fantastic bubbly wine. Noticing some similarities? They call HelpWith the Knowledge Market, and you can really search for help with anything– yoga, baking, SEO, digital marketing– skills offered run the whole gamut.

I’m jumping in with both feet, so if you know anyone that would like a personal lesson in baking, in wine appreciation, in event planning (more skills to follow…), then they should check me out on HelpWith! Here’s my profile. If you’re looking for a yuuuuuuge (nope, nope, not a political joke) variety of other instructors, then you should totally use this link, and check out HelpWith: https://www.helpwith.co/a/jennalevy

Disclaimer: bubbles+sprinkles will receive financial compensation for those that sign up for HelpWith using the above link. Questions? Comments? Please let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

Hope that everyone has a wonderful week.

Xo,
Jenna