Funfetti Hi-Hat Cupcakes & a Giveaway!

Funfetti Hi-Hat Cupcakes!
Here are some sprankles for your Monday!

I made these forever ago, but saved them for a rainy day. I was in Ohio all weekend (one of my awesome friends from college got married!) and knew I’d need a blog post to start off the week.

So sprankles it is.

These cupcakes are super easy to make. I had never made hi-hat anything before this Neapolitan Hi-Hat Cake from I am Baker‘s cookbook, Surprise-Inside Cakes. I loved making that cake. It was one of those recipes that made me smile the whole time I was making it, and especially when it turned out decently!

So I decided to make some actual hi-hat cupcakes.

For the cake, you can go box mix or use a homemade funfetti recipe. I tried this with both, and they turned out wonderfully and sprinkle-filled. If you’re looking for a great homemade recipe,Β this one from SweetapolitaΒ is the real deal. I sort of cut it in half so I would only have 12ish cupcakes, but the whole thing will make about 24. Maybe a couple extras. For snacking.

Funfetti Hi-Hat Cupcakes!
Then comes the super fun part. I think most hi-hat cupcakes use a marshmallow frosting, but the hi-hat cake called for Cool Whip. I wanted to take a “so easy anyone can do it!” approach to these, so I stuck with Cool Whip.

I go to Michael’s and Hobby Lobby a lot. When I was in college, the register lady at Michael’s would see me walk in and be like, “Oh, you’re making another cake!” True story. In the little bins of candy melts, I’ve always thought the speckled, ColorBurst Candy MeltsΒ are soΒ cute! Which is the other place the inspiration for these cupcakes came from. I just really wanted to come up with a way to use them.

So you’ve got sprinkles in the cupcakes, in the candy coating, and around the edges. #sprinklesfordays

Funfetti Hi-Hat Cupcakes!
Funfetti Hi-Hat Cupcakes & a Giveaway!

Funfetti Hi-Hat Cupcakes & a Giveaway!


  • 1 batch of 24 funfetti cupcakes (this or a box mix)
  • 1 16oz container of Cool Whip
  • 2 bags of ColorBurst Candy Melts
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1/2 cup rainbow jimmies


  1. Make and bake cupcakes according to box or recipe instructions. Cool completely before frosting!
  2. Once the cupcakes are cool, transfer the Cool Whip (You'll need the big 16oz container) to a piping bag with a large round decorating tip, or simply with the end snipped off. Pipe the Cool Whip on the cupcake by starting with a large circle. Fill in the circle and smooth it over with a knife. Then pipe a slightly smaller circle on top of that and fill it in. Repeat one or two more times.
  3. Transfer the cupcakes to the freezer and let them freezer for at least 3-4 hours. Overnight is best, just to make sure they're completely solid.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, combine one bag of candy melts (you'll probably need 2 bags if you're making 24 cupcakes) and 1/2 cup vegetable or coconut oil. Melt in 30 second intervals until completely smooth, stirring between intervals. Let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool, stirring every couple of minutes. (When it comes to dipping the cupcakes in the coating, the coating needs to be in a bowl or cup that is deep enough for the Cool Whip to be submerged.)
  5. Once the cupcakes are nice and frozen, take them out of the freezer one at a time for dipping. Holding the cupcake upside down, dip it into the coating until the Cool Whip is completely covered. Then lift it out of the coating and let the access drip off. Immediately sprinkle the bottom rim with sprinkles. If they start to slide off, wait another minute to let the coating harden slightly. Put the cupcake back in the freezer and move onto the next one! Repeat with all the cupcakes.
  6. Store cupcakes covered in the freezer (I didn't try the refrigerator, but you could try that.) Let them thaw for a few minutes before serving.
  7. Enjoy!

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And, because I love you guys, I’ve teamed up with some of my awesome blog friends for a really fun Nielsen-Massey giveaway! Seriously, this is a good one, y’all. Pretty much all the extracts of your dreams. To enter, just fill out the form below!

Check out these posts by the other bloggers in this giveaway!

Vanilla Bean Ricotta Cheesecake Cake from Chez CateyLou
Simply Perfect Vanilla Ice Cream from Baking a Moment
Coconut Raspberry Rhubarb Ice Cream from Blahnik Baker
Snickerdoodle Caramel Tart from Club Narwhal
Culinary Couture
Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from URBAN BAKES


  1. says

    These are awesome! I have been on a hi-hat cupcake kick lately–just need to actually make a batch for the blog. :) But I love them an I love your cool whip/funfetti twist! I always see those funfetti melts but have never tried them before–this is the perfect use for them. :) Fantastic giveaway as well!

    • says

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I just had to make something with those candy melts. The coating turns out pretty smooth too, even with the little color bursts in it. I would LOVE to see some of your hi-hat cupcakes. I’m sure they’re incredible! :)

  2. says

    Sprinkles are definitely the best way to cure Monday blues!! I love these cupcakes – they are seriously so fun! I only recently discovered hi-hat cupcakes, but I’m dying to make them now!! They are so awesome!

  3. says

    I’m 100% convinced that sprinkles (or sprankles) have the power to make anything and everything better. :)

    Cupcakes look delicious and that frosting is so on point!

    Amazing giveaway! Definitely entered way too many times πŸ˜‰

    • says

      Oh yeah, sprinkles totally have super powers. I’m convinced too! Thanks, Graham & good luck with the giveaway! :)

  4. says

    omg hi hat cupcakes are so adorable and I’ve never seen funfetti ones! I MUST HAVE THEM!! πŸ˜€ Also, super awesome giveaway! I’m hosting one too this week so be sure to enter if you haven’t (there’s a cool grill involved!) !

  5. Chris says

    Bring on the sprinkles! So adorable! I haven’t made hi hat cupcakes yet, because I thought that a large amount of frosting would be a sugar overload for the kiddos. So, your option of using cool whip is perfect, and super easy! Thanks so much for sharing Beth!


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