Ultimate Birthday Cupcakes Recipe

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Maurice Published: March 20, 2021 Modified: May 31, 2021

How To Make Ultimate Birthday Cupcakes

These soft and heavenly birthday cupcakes are bright and sweet treats, that are topped with a rich frosting and a crunchy chocolate shell!

Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 22 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour 38 minutes
Total: 3 hours



  • *confetti cupcakes,(see Recipes Notes below for recipe), or any cupcakes

For Frosting:

  • 3large egg whites,room temperature
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar
  • ¼tspcream of tartar
  • 1tsppure vanilla extract
  • pinchsalt

For Chocolate Shell:

  • 10ozsemi sweet chocolate,coarsely chopped
  • tbspcanola oil,or vegetable oil
  • sprinkles,for topping, optional


  1. Make the confetti cupcakes. Allow them to completely cool.

Marshmallow Meringue Frosting:

  1. Place the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan filled with two inches of simmering water. Do not let it touch the water.

  2. Whisk constantly for about 4 minutes until sugar is dissolved.

  3. Transfer the mixing bowl to an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Add the vanilla. Beat on high speed for 5 to 6 minutes until soft, glossy peaks form. Taste. Add a pinch of salt, if needed.

  4. Pipe the frosting onto each cooled cupcake. Chill the cupcakes in the refrigerator or freezer until frosting is completely firm.

Chocolate Shell:

  1. Melt the chopped chocolate and oil together in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring after each until completely melted. Let the chocolate cool down for 5 to 10 minutes before dipping.

  2. Holding the cupcake by its bottom, carefully and very quickly dip each into chocolate to coat the frosting. Place on a wire rack on top of a baking sheet in case any chocolate drips off. Add any additional sprinkles on top.

  3. Refrigerate cupcakes for 30 minutes to set the chocolate.

  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • *Check out this Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes Recipe to go with these birthday cupcakes!
  • Cover and store cupcakes at room temperature for 1 day or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


  • Calories: 158.45kcal
  • Fat: 7.59g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.70g
  • Trans Fat: 0.01g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 2.97g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.62g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.25g
  • Fiber: 1.19g
  • Sugar: 22.29g
  • Protein: 1.62g
  • Sodium: 93.87mg
  • Calcium: 7.17mg
  • Potassium: 94.96mg
  • Iron: 0.65mg
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