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You may have seen Piñata Cakes before but have you heard of Piñata Cupcakes? Piñata Cupcakes are filled with sprinkles for a fun surprise inside and are perfect for any occasion.

Use your favorite cupcake flavor (like vanilla or chocolate) and any color sprinkles!


piñata cupcake with half missing and sprinkles

There are few things I love more in life than sprinkles. Seriously, I’m like a tween girl when it comes to how much I love them. They’re glittery, rainbow, and they remind me of unicorns.

Recently I redid my office. I still have to take photos to share but basically I added an entire wall of shelves full of sprinkles. I have jars of single colors set up in a rainbow and I’ve mixed special color mixes that make me happy to display. Just looking at a jar of sprinkles makes me grin like a dork.

(I may hate cleaning up sprinkles after a photo shoot but if I can look at them daily, I’m a happy girl.)

There’s just something so happy about sprinkles, especially on a vanilla cupcake. I mean – can you even look at these photos and not be happy? They’re just so…cheerful.

Piñata Cupcakes are like sprinkle cupcakes on overload: the cupcakes are full of sprinkles!

They’re like surprise inside cupcakes that make a mess when you bite into them, but it’s so worth it.

cupcake with vanilla frosting

The beauty of this cupcake recipe is that it’s more of a method. I might be a vanilla cupcake addict, but maybe you prefer chocolate or red velvet. You can use any cupcake recipe you want – or even use a box mix. You can even buy plain cupcakes from the grocery store and no one will know!

Same when it comes to frosting: you can use any flavor you want. Chocolate, vanilla, maybe cream cheese frosting! Make it from scratch or use a can, it won’t matter.

Making your own sprinkle mix

Making my own sprinkle mixes is something I love doing. In fact, I’m looking at these photos and remembering this mix and realizing I need to go amazon shopping for more pearls.

It’s so easy to make your own color blends. Yes, it can get expensive, but you don’t have to buy the huge bags on amazon like I do. Simply head to the craft store and just buy a few different colors you like. Mix them together and you have a fun colorful way to celebrate a holiday or birthday or even graduation with school colors.

How to make cupcakes with sprinkles inside

It’s easier than you think, but check out my video below to see what I do.

Basically you cut out a small piece of the center of the cupcake. Fill with sprinkles and replace the cut out piece, then frost. Easy peasy!

As always, I used a 1M tip for these cupcakes. The rosette or swirl tip, as I call it, is my favorite one and produces gorgeous cupcakes, every time.

pinata cupcake with sprinkles inside

Cupcake recipes to use for making piñata cupcakes:

Tools for making piñata cupcakes:

Check out my favorite sprinkles to make mixes with in my amazon store!

piñata cupcake with half missing and sprinkles

Piñata Cupcakes

5 from 1 vote
Looking for an amazing cupcake recipe? This easy Piñata Cupcake is my yellow cupcake recipe filled with sprinkles for a fun surprise inside!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 24 cupcakes
Serving Size 1 cupcake



  • Cut a small hole in the top of the cupcake.
  • Fill the hole with about 2-3 teaspoons of sprinkles
  • Replace the piece of cupcake you cut out.
  • Frost as desired, covering up the cut section with frosting. Add more sprinkles on top!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Use a box mix, bakery cupcakes or any of my recipes:

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cupcake | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 0.6mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on June 5, 2019

Dorothy Kern

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  1. Hi…Dorothy…i love cupcakes and this looks was awesome & more colorful…i will definitely make this from my kid…Thanks for sharing…..!