Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Triple Rainbow Cupcakes

Let me start this post off by saying that the cupcakes you are about to see are the most AWESOME cupcakes I have made to date. Everything just fell into place perfectly, and they turned out amazingly.

I made these for my younger cousin Kaity, who is in love with all things rainbow. I made them for her 15th birthday on January 30th. I used the simple white cake recipe from my last post, and the same frosting recipe, but with powdered sugar this time.

Pictures first, explanation after:







So you're probably wondering how I made these normal-tasting cupcakes so psychadelic! Well first I made up the batter (you can use any white cake for this) and divided it into six bowls.



Then, I added food coloring to each bowl to make red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple batter.


Next I layered the colors into lined muffin tins. Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, so that the rainbow pattern will be right side up. I smoothed each layer with a spoon to avoid waviness.



Then of course I baked them! To get the rainbow frosting, I did kind of the same thing. I made the frosting (of course you could use any white frosting) and divided it into six bowls. I colored each bowl with gel food coloring to avoid watery frosting, and layered them into my piping bag. Make sure to squeeze some of the frosting out of the piping bag back into a frosting bowl before piping onto the cupcakes as the bottom color (in my case pink) will be predominant until the rest of the frosting works down to the bottom of the bag. I didn't know this, so that's why the first three or so of my cupcakes were mostly pink. No matter, still awesome. To finish them off, I topped them with rainbow non-pareils! Kaity loved them, and so has everyone else that's seen them so far. They were super tasty, too!

31 comments:

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  2. my five year old and I are looking for cupcakes to make for her school cake walk, you have won us over. Thanks for the idea!

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  3. This has to be the most beautiful cupcake I have ever seen in my entire life. I am VERY impressed. Thank you SO much for the instructions! I'm going to have to give this one a try!!! - Emily

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  4. i like how looks your cupcakes, awesome idea!!

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  5. i really like them !! they are really cute looking !! think I cant do it even if I work hardely... anyways gonna try we'll see !!

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  6. I would love to see how they turn out if anyone decides to give them a try! Let me know if they work for you, or not, maybe I can give some pointers! :)

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  7. Just made these. They are beautiful. I still have to frost them and am not sure what she meant by layering the frosting...vertically or horizontally, I wonder?

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  8. One frosting color on top of the other, like you would layer a cake!

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  9. Gotcha! Wish me luck!

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  10. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!!!

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  11. I wonder if i could use a store bought cream cheese frosting and still get the same color effect as you did? I was curious because I don't think cream cheese frosting is a white as regular white frosting is! Also, what kind of food coloring did you use for your cake batter? I just love these and I'm going to try them out for a bake sale coming up this friday! I think the kids would love this...even the parents!

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  12. Stacey, I would not recommend using canned frosting for this particular cupcake. I think canned frosting, as it is shortening-based, would be too oily for it and would not give you the same striation and vibrancy as homemade would. My go-to buttercream recipe works perfectly for this, and I promise it's easy to make!

    I used the Wilton tubed gel food coloring for all colors in the cake and frosting. Not the kind in jars you have to pull out with a toothpick, but the kind in regular food coloring tubes that's just thicker than regular food coloring. Click this and you'll see what I mean. Though, any gel color should work, really.

    Let me know if you have any other questions, and I'd love to see how they come out!!

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  13. Could you give me the recipe for your go-to buttercream frosting? I made the cupcakes last night and they turned out great but my frosting did not so I just used cool whip with sprinkles instead. I think the frosting really makes these cupcakes. THEY ARE SO COOL!!!

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  14. Sure, it's available on the recipes page but I know it can be hard to sort through haha.

    Creamy Butter Frosting

    1/3 c. butter
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. vanilla
    3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
    3-4 tbsp. milk

    Cream butter, salt, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add sugar in thirds, adding a tbsp. of milk after each third of sugar. Beat until smooth. Add more milk if desired consistency is not reached. Makes enough to frost 12 cupcakes.

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  15. which tube or piping bag did you use to frostthe cupcakes???? i really want the frosting to look like that

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  16. I just used a plastic disposable bag and a Wilton 1M star tip. Any large star tip will do the trick.

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  17. thankyou so much and did u just layer the different colors of frosting on top of each other??? you truly did an amazing job its beautiful

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  18. How many colors did you use for your frosting??? and which colors did you use?

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  19. Yes, just layered them each on top of each other in rainbow order - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.

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  20. do you use melted butter for your frosting or do you just soften the butter with the mixer??

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  21. No, I would never use melted butter in frosting or it would come out runny. Just use butter that is room temperature and it will mix in just fine.

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  22. do you layer the frosting into the piping bag one cupcake at a time,so one cake doesn't just have one colour?

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  23. Nope, I just layered all of the frosting in there. Like I said in my post, you need to squeeze out some of the frosting before frosting before frosting the cupcakes or you'll end up with a few mostly pink/yellow ones like I did!

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  24. These are so beautiful. I love rainbows ♥
    But do have to use gel food coloring or can you use the drops? If you have to, is the gel stuff at pretty much any main grocery store?

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  25. I would advise against using the drops since you'll need pretty much the whole bottle to get vibrant color, and they'll water down the frosting. I can get Wilton gel colors at any grocery store near me, and I know you can get the Wilton paste colors (in little jars, not tubes) at pretty much any Walmart in the cake/wedding section.

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  26. How long should you bake them for? And at what temperature?

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  27. amazing cupcakes

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  28. These cupcakes are just super! Great job :)

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  29. im 10 and luv baking and you inspired me to up my game

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  30. oh my gosh these cakes are fantastic!!! ive just made some myself and im going to do the frosting tomorrow morning. you've got a great imagination and you have really inspired me to get creative with baking thank you so much xoxo

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