Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Rainbow cupcakes

TIME TAKEN: 1 hour (and that was with two people)

DIFFICULTY RATING: 6/10 (they aren't difficult per say, just begin to annoy you sometimes- you need patience)

I made these almost psychedelic looking cupcakes back in summer, and just felt it necessary to share the recipe with you. They’re pretty little things. I made them with my friend, and we are amateurs so it did take quite a while, because we got a little excited and distracted in between. There’s plenty more you can do to decorate them, but I found it amusing enough to see these cupcake multi-coloured as it was. My personal tip is that whilst you can food colour things to be pastel coloured (almost abiding by recent ‘hipster’ trends- I joke) they look so much better the brighter the colours are. The faker the colours look, the better the effect after baking.


·         250g softened unsalted butter
·         250g caster sugar
·         250g self-raising flour
·         4 eggs (medium-sized)
·         3 tablespoons milk
·         Pinch of salt
·         Red food colouring
·         Blue food colouring
·         Yellow food colouring


·         2 x 12-hole muffin tins
·         Paper cases to line the tin
·         Large mixing bowl
·         Six small mixing bowls


1.       Set the oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5.
2.       Put the butter into the bowl and beat until softened. Add the flour, salt, sugar, eggs and milk into the mixture and whisk until mixture is smooth.
3.       Divide the mixture equally between the six smaller mixing bowls.
4.       Add red food colouring to one bowl, blue food colouring to another, and yellow food colouring to another. To create orange mix the red and yellow food colouring, to create purple mix the blue and red food colouring, and to create green mix the yellow and blue food colouring. Don’t use it sparsely; keep addiing more colouring until each bowl has six distinct different colours.
5.       Then, begin to divide the mixture between the paper cases. We did it in the order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple (putting the colours in the reverse way around). Make sure you divide the mixture evenly so that each cupcake has all of the colours. Don’t put too much of one colour in each- you don’t actually need to put that much in (remember the cupcakes will rise).
6.       Place the tins in the oven for 15 minutes so that they can rise. If you are baking them together swap the position of the tins in the oven and cook (bake) for 3-7 minutes from this. You can check whether they’re cooked by placing a sharp object like a knife through it and pulling it back out to see if any liquid-y mixture sticks on it- if so, bake for longer.
7.       Remove the tins from the over, and allow them to cool.
8.       Decorate as you please.


Annabelle said...

Yum! Rainbow cakes always look so amazing, I have to attempt it sometime!

Kate Lees said...

These look delicous! So addicted to cupcakes x

hiyaitslaura said...

really want to try and make these, they're so cute x

Ivy Gold said...

How adorable!

Holly Fewtrell said...

Oooo these look amazing! Definitely going to give this recipe a try.


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