Sunday, 12 August 2012

Rainbow Cupcakes

Our Saturdays are always busy. Either Dale is working (and therefore I figure I may as well do some work too) or we are up at the crack of dawn to go watch my brothers soccer game which is followed by family lunch/dinner. Luckily, my family are awesome & spending the afternoon with them is great fun!

However this weekend Dale didn’t have to work & my brother’s soccer game wasn’t until 3pm (insert sigh of relief) so instead of dragging ourselves out of our warm bed at 7am we slept in & went for breakfast at our favourite café (café Florence) then moved to soccer & my parent’s house.

Once at my parent’s house, I informed my family that I had brought everything we needed to make rainbow cupcakes! This made my sisters pretty darn happy.

My sister Bree & I set to work. Here’s how we made ours:

We took the shortcut & used 2 Coles brand vanilla cake mixes (67c per packet!!). We made the mix to the packet instructions and then divided it equally into 6 bowls – or you can do 3 colours at a time if you don’t want to wash up 6 bowls! Also, keep a little of the mix back in case you need to lighten a colour or run out of a colour.

Use food colouring to dye the mixes purple, blue, green, yellow, orange & pink, keeping the colours as bright & exciting as possible. I would highly recommend wearing disposable gloves if you don’t want your hands to be stained for the next couple days! We had red & blue stained hands for the next 2 days. Also, wear an apron. And under no circumstances wear white!!

Next, pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius & line your cupcake tray with patty cases. We used the paper ones because we wanted people to be able to see the hint of rainbow!

To fill the cupcakes - we used about a teaspoon of each colour but that made quite large, mushroom shaped cupcakes. In future I think I will only use a half teaspoon for each colour.


To create the same colours as we had, layer the colours in the following order: Purple, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Pink.

Colouring tips: We found using red food colouring made the best pink. We made purple using red & blue dye and we made orange using red & yellow. Most importantly, don’t freak out if you accidentally pour in a little more colouring than you intended, the colour usually works out fine!

To prevent your colours mixing – don’t try to flatten or spread the mixture. Simply dollop it in & let it spread naturally. No one will fault you for not having exactly even colours! Also, be sure to use a different spoon for each colour otherwise your colours will mix too much.

Pop your cupcakes into the oven & bake for about 12 minutes (follow your packet instructions) or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean or with crumbs. Once the cupcakes are done marvel at the psychedelic tops! Then set aside on a wire rack to cool.

Once cooled, frost with your preferred icing (I chose cream cheese frosting for half and Bree chose vanilla butter cream frosting for the other half) then watch everyone’s faces of amazement when they take their first bite & see the glorious rainbow innards!

I love the above picture of the naked side of the cupcake - that layering is beautiful!!

 One thing I especially love about these is that not every cupcake is exactly the same - Emma & I had very intensely pink centred cakes, where as Bree's one was gloriously full of orange & mauve!

Everyone adored these & we tucked into them with reckless abandon! I would highly recommend you give these a shot - so much effect for so little effort! Plus, what child would want rainbow cupcakes at their birthday party??

Happy baking! Sunny xx

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