Taste the rainbow…April 12, 2009 at 2:53 PM | Posted in cupcakes | 94 Comments
Tags: peeps, rainbow cupcakes, skittles
Sometimes I struggle with what I want to bake and bring to parties.
There are so many things that factor into my decision: portability, travel-bility, allergies, in/formality of event, age group of dessert eaters etc etc. But this time I knew exactly what I wanted to make. So I threw caution to the wind. I didn’t even think twice about it.
Maybe it’s me but rainbows and Easter just seem to go together. Dontcha think?
Hoppy Easter readers.
Hope the Easter bunny brought you all the peeps and cadbury creme eggs you can eat! (I know I am gonna regret all the ones I’ve already eaten later BUT it was SO worth it! *licking chocolate off fingers*
Taste The Rainbow Cupcakes
Recipe adapted from Cupcakes by Shelly Kaldunski
Makes about 18 cupcakes
2-1/2 cups AP flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cup sugar
12 tbsp (1-1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
2 large egg + 2 egg white, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract (I used Lorann butter-vanilla emulsion instead)
1 cup milk (I used half-and-half instead)
food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (I used Ateco coloring gel)
garnish (skittles, peeps, sprinkles)
cream cheese frosting (favorite recipe or canned)
[NOTES: You could substitute a white cake mix for the cupcake recipe too but the quantity and consistency of the cupcakes will be slightly different.]
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a stand mixer, fitted with flat beater, beat the sugar and butter until well combined, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating on low.
Then add vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture.
Divide the batter into 6 different bowls. Add food coloring per bowl and mix to combine until you get the vibrant color you want. Add batter color by color, about 1 tbsp of each color until all the colors fill the cupcake liner about 1/2-2/3 full.
Bake for about 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool completely on a wire cooling rack.
Pipe cream cheese frosting on cupcake with Wilton 1M star tip and garnish with rainbow sprinkles, peeps or skittles! (Or all 3 like me. I’m such a party animal! LOL)
Husband rating: A
He will pretty much give a high rating for any cupcake that has cream cheese frosting. He’s an easy critic. HAHA
Wifey rating: A
I absolutely LOVE how colorful these cupcakes are. This vanilla cupcake batter is thick so the colors don’t mix together easily and kept their great layers. Surprisingly the skittles were such a yummy flavor addition to the cupcakes too. It probably helps that skittles are one of my favorite candies. The chocolate mousse flavored peep bunny wasn’t bad either. *wink*
Other rating: A+
Nothing but ooohs and aahhhhs for all the pretty colors. More than one person asked me for the recipe. Just something about rainbows… it’s hypnotic.
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