5/25/2011

Rainbow cupcakes

I'm now only one exam away from graduating from University!
These few weeks have been the most crazy stressful of my life.
How have I stayed sane?
Regular breaks to drink tea and bake cakes with one of my favourite little ladies Sarah.

We recently made the most delicious beetroot and chocolate cake 
that we posted the recipe for here.

To follow that, we needed something equally exciting.

Nothing says happiness like rainbow cake!!

I'd noticed though that EVERY tutorial I've seen to make rainbow cakes is essentially 
1. Buy instant cake
2. Add some colours.
Stuff that! Let's do this properly...







So... If you'd like to give these guys a go... (They're SUPER easy!!)

You will need...
100g unsalted butter
130g granulated sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
130g flour
1 and a half teaspoons baking powder
60ml milk
a pinch of salt
and of course... LOTS of food colouring

We topped them off with butter icing and sprinkles... but you don't have to. 
(you'll need more butter and some icing sugar if you want to ice them like ours
... and sprinkles)

So... first, Beat the butter and sugar together until it's light and fluffy.

And the eggs and the vanilla extract. 
Beat again.

Now, in a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.

Next, slowly add the flour mixture into the first mixture, adding the milk at the same time.
This works best if you add a little mix, a little milk, a little mix... you get the idea!


Now, you need to separate the mixture into some smaller containers...



Then go nuts with the colours...


Then go even more nuts in your pouring them into cases... 
The great thing is that the colours don't mix in and go murky, 
so you can shove in as many as you want to one little cupcake.




Now bake for 15 minutes on what I'd guess to be 220C
(Our oven is pants, so we just crank it up to full for everything)

When they're done, don't be disheartened if the colour doesn't look very bright on top!!
The inside will be fabulous, I promise.

Once they've cooled a little, mix up some butter icing 
(Just smush in icing sugar and butter until it's the right consistency)
Then... if you are so inclined, throw in the colour of your choice....


Ice the buns...


Shake ya sprinkles...


Et voila!!

These little beauts taste best when shared with friends,
especially accompanied by a pot of tea and a gossip!

Enjoy.



6 comments:

  1. baking cupcakes is the perfect way to stay calm during a hectic week! but yay your are almost there! you are totally right, thing is more happy then a rainbow :D

    xo,
    cb

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  2. LOVE these cakes! They look like something off kids tv that isn't actually edible. I may have to make some... and hide them from my housemates so I can eat them all myself. hehe :) xxx

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  3. These are perfect for a tea party! Thanks for sharing, Nikki!

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  4. Hi Nikki. I'm here visiting from Wild Olive :) I love you super fun cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Janee
    yellowbirdyellowbeard.blogspot.com

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