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Happy 2012!

Did you stay up ‘til midnight this year?

I had a really low-key Sunday to make up for a crazy New Year’s Eve the night before. Since our party wasn’t starting until ten, Emily and I offered to babysit the two sweetest children in the universe so their parents could go out for dinner.

Normally, I don’t like to babysit–and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve done it since high school—but these girls are a joy to watch. It’s like hanging out with friends, and they love to bake and taste-test for me!

The last time I babysat, we made Fairy Dust Ice Cream.

Saturday, sprinkles took center stage again:

funfetti sprinkles

We “pretend” celebrated New Year’s at 8 o’clock. We blew paper horns, drank sparkling apple cider, and the girls ate their cupcakes:


Single-Lady Funfetti Cupcake

(makes just one cupcake)

  • 3 tbsp flour (30g) (See directions for flour notes)
  • heaping 1/16th tsp salt
  • 1tbsp applesauce, oil, pre-melted vegan butter, or a combo (Try coconut oil. I also like 13g sbl.)
  • 1tbsp plus 1 tsp liquid (milk of choice, or water)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp sprinkles (or more or less, as desired)
  • Sweetener (Try 1 tbsp sugar or 1 packet stevia. If you use liquid sweetener, cut back on the other liquid.)

Directions: Preheat the oven to 330 degrees. Mix the ingredients and pour into an oiled (or sprayed) muffin pan. Smooth top of batter. Cook for 12-15ish minutes. (Alternatively, you can cook this in a microwave.)

See the following for Calories and Nutrition Facts.

Notes on flour: I especially like the single-lady cupcakes with spelt flour. But you can use white flour, whole-wheat pastry, or even Arrowhead Mills gluten-free. (Also, if you’ve never done fat-free baking: subbing all the oil in a recipe for applesauce will give you a gummier result. Still yummy, but much denser than your traditional cupcake with oil.)


Questions of the Day:

This New Year’s Eve, did you…

  • Stay up until midnight?
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square?
  • Eat any lucky foods, such as lentils or greens? Or sprinkles. They’re lucky, right?

For more sprinkles:


Here’s a link to My Funfetti Recipes.

I did end up making a dessert for the New Year’s Eve party as well. That recipe will be tomorrow’s post… Hope you like cookie dough! 🙂



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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. This is fun! I actually made cupcakes for the first time ever for new year’s eve this year! chocolate covered strawberry ones.
    No “lucky” foods were consumed yesterday, just a delicious mushroom sausage risotto my mom made 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. I love the idea of this, Katie! I made homemade funfetti cookies a few months back, but they were not quite as healthy as this beauty at all haha

  3. On NYE we stayed uplate watching the Tree of Life, which was actually a very boring movie and we ended up fast forwarding through 30 mins of it, during which there were just natural shots of how life evolved on Earth (like dinosaurs and stuff). We had black bean and peach salsa, and I guess the beans are lucky. 🙂 Happy New Year’s!

  4. Erin says:

    I always eat black eyed peas, greens, and corn bread on NYE. This year I made them all animal product free and they were fantastic. I also made your chocolate chip cookie dough dip (but ended up making them into actual cookies based on your recipe).

  5. How cute!! Happy New Year 😀

  6. I love this idea! I’ll probably be trying it today actually!

  7. Funfetti cupcake??? Yes, please 🙂 I’m definitely going to have to try this sometime! I love anything that includes sprinkles (or chocolate – maybe I could add some cocoa powder and/or chocolate chips for a chocolate funfetti cupcake!). I’m so glad that you had a good New Year, Katie! 😀

  8. I did stay up until midnight and I had blacked eyes peas, pork and greens!

  9. Megan says:

    I love your cupcakes! I have those sprinkles too. I am glad you had an enjoyable New Year and happy 2012! I did stay up until midnight, drank champagne, had lentils the night before (does that count?), and surprisingly, did not have to bake anything for a NYE party. I am excited about tomorrow’s cookie dough!

  10. Amanda says:

    I think the Monday after a holiday break calls for a cupcake. 🙂 I love the built-in portion control in your recipe!

  11. Too adorable. What did you use for the frosting?

    1. The girls squirted on something they had in the house from a can. Ok, not healthy… but they had a ton of fun squirting it!

  12. What fun!!!! Babysitting kids like that does sound like a good time! 🙂 Especially with cupcakes and SPRINKLES!! 🙂

  13. Amanda says:

    I love funfetti cupcakes!!!! They are my absolute favorite-I will definitely be making one of these soon! One question: if you bake it the microwave, how long should it bake for?

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. It depends on your microwave power. Mine would take about a minute, but I know some other people have to microwave it for two or more.

  14. I have veganized hoppin john with kale and cornbread for my lucky foods.

  15. Julie Camacho says:

    To make a whole cake, would I multiply by 24?

  16. Growing up my absolute FAVOURITE cake mix was funfetti. I would go nuts for the stuff. Of course it was just loaded with sugar. It’s so fun to think if I have kids I can still replicate that experience for them with this recipe (my kids would NOT be eating sugary cake mixes lol!). Thank you for that!

    I went to a Cirque du Soleil themed gala on New Year’s Eve – it was so much fun and throughout the night circus performers would do performances, like incredible balancing acts, contortionists, stilt-walkers and jugglers. It was awesome!

  17. Jennyb says:

    i need to get me some sprinkles! 🙂

  18. Aja says:

    Cute. I need to go buy some sprinkles now!

  19. I LOVE this cupcake! Wish I had seen it yesterday. My birthday is the 1st, and not wanting more dessert around we skipped cake 🙁 This would have been perfect!

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