29 May 2014

Rainbow Cupcakes Tutorial (so Cute, so Easy)

I spotted these cute Rainbow Cupcakes over a year ago on Pinterest, and have been wanting to make them for ages. They looked like my kind of cupcake - impressive but deceptively simple. I was pretty sure I could figure out how to make them, just from the picture.

When I sat down with Scrag to choose things for his Just Plain Party, he spotted the Rainbow cupcakes and said, "Those ones, mum! I want the rainbow cupcakes!"
After all they are pretty darn cute.
Turns out they are also nice and easy.

Today I'm taking the guesswork out of making them for you, so you don't have to look at the picture and guess. Here's how to make the cutest easiest rainbow cupcakes ever....

First, My Never-fail Cupcake Recipe:

125g butter, softened {convert measurement}
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/2 cup caster sugar (fine grain)
2 eggs
1 cup of standard flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/4 cup milk

  • Cream butter sugar and vanilla together; I use a good old fashioned electric hand beater (works a treat)
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each one is added
  • Fold flour and baking powder into creamed mixture
  • Stir in Milk
  • Spoon into baking tins (patty pans) lined with cupcake papers or even better, silicone baking cups.
  • Bake at 190oC (375oF) for 15 minutes or until golden and cakes spring back when lightly touched
Makes 12-15 regular-sized cupcakes.

Once the cupcakes have cooled, we can turn them into rainbows.

  • Blue buttercream icing/frosting (see below for recipe) for "sky"
  • White Royal Icing for "clouds"
  • Rainbow straps (for rainbows) available at most Mall sweets stands
  • Optional: Coordinating/fancy cupcake papers (I used blue and white striped $3 from Look Sharp)
  1. Pop the cupcakes out of the silicone baking cup (or the cupcake paper)
  2. With a spatula smear on a generous topping of blue buttercream icing.
  3. Place the iced cupcakes into the fancy cupcake wrapper
  4. Make up your batch of Royal Icing and spoon some into piping tube/bag with star nozzle
  5. Pipe two little "clouds" on opposite sides of each cupcake and allow to firm up or half-set

When the royal icing "clouds" are half set (after 3-4 minutes) position your Rainbow strap. You might need to play around a little at first to get the length just right. That's it!
You now have a bunch of glorious Rainbow cupcakes perfect to brighten up any party.

Blue ButterCream Icing
100g butter, softened
1 cup of icing sugar
1 Tablespoon of milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Beat ingredients together with an electric mixer until pale and creamy. Then add blue food colouring - the gel colours work best for vibrancy.

Royal Icing
2 egg whites
2 cups of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice or water

Beat egg whites together with an electric beater until soft peaks form, then gradually add icing sugar and finally, the lemon juice or water.

This stuff sets hard as a rock and is perfect for "gluing" things, like our rainbows (and gingerbread houses).



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