Sunday, March 20, 2011

Colourful cupcakes

While getting lost surfing through many of the wonderful blogs out there, I came across these gorgeous, bright cupcakes. They looked so good that I had to give them a try. This was one of my first goes at using food dye and I was so happy with the result.

I used the very basic, yet affective Vanilla Cupcake recipe from the book 500 Cupcakes.
- 225g of self-raising flour
- 225g of caster sugar
- 225g of butter
- vanilla essence*
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 eggs

I preheated the oven to 160 with the fan on. Pre-line the cake tins with clear cupcake cases.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat with an electric mixer all ingredients. For some reason I decided to put the butter in last, this actually helped when mixing as it made the batter smoother.

In tiny individual bowls, I poured in a few tablespoons of cake batter. In each bowl, I put a few drops of red, green, yellow and red in. Make sure you have an individual teaspoon for each bowl so the colours don't mix too much.

Then dollop a small amount of colour in each bowl. I mixed it up a bit so they weren't all the same kind. Some had pink & yellow, others had pink, yellow, blue & green, some purple & green etc. etc.

Place both trays in the oven (at the same time) and leave for 20-35 minutes.

Let it cool on a wire rack (or if it's a hot day in the fridge it goes) to chill. For the icing I cheated and used Betty Crocker Vanilla Icing. I love this stuff. It applies well, and tastes so good you could eat it out of the container.

NB** With the vanilla essence, I poured in a teaspoon of Vanilla Bean Paste and a dollop of Vanilla Essence into a small bowl and mixed it around. It gave a wonderful, strong vanilla flavour and helped as it didn't have any other flavour to it.


  1. Oh my goodness, YUM! I've always dreamed of concocting rainbow coloured cupcakes, and these ones look absolutely SUPERB!

  2. They were! They were also a lot easier than it looks - you should try some!! :-)