Rainbow cupcakes with rainbow frosting

by vivmaughn13

So, in the past year most of my friends have been turning 18 (give or take a few years) and to celebrate, have been having large gatherings and parties.
These events are almost always the kind where the host tells you ‘don’t bring anything!’

You know the kind;
The ones where you rush to the supermarket in a desperate attempt to find something you can take along to show you didn’t make an effort.
Or the opposite kind where you rummage through all your dessert cookbooks in order to find something extravagant you can take to show that you did make an effort.

It’s an unspoken rule to take something along for the host when you’re invited to a gathering, right? But what can you take? If everyone has the same idea, the host will end up with a pyramid made of boxes of chocolates. But then again you don’t want to spend the entire day before baking a three layered, triple toned, ganache smothered cake either.

I’ve got the perfect in between recipe.

Rainbow cupcakes are simple enough to make the same day as the event, and look like they’ve taken a lot more time and effort to make than they actually have. They are so easy to make but will easily amaze and impress all your friends and family.

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For the rainbow cupcake, I used a recipe I found on another blog (a link to this blog will be posted at the bottom of page) but as I made these cupcakes I made some adjustments, that I thought worked better, to the original recipe.

RAINBOW CUPCAKES
MAKES 12
•1 box of white cake mix
•3 egg whites
•1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
•1 cup water
•1 small box sugar free/fat free instant vanilla pudding mix
•Gel food colours (yellow, green, blue, purple)
•Liquid food colouring (red)
-You may also use orange colouring if you like.

method:
1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees C. Line one cupcake tray with paper cupcake pans, And put aside for later.
2. Beat together cake mix, egg whites, applesauce, and water until combined, Which should take about 2 minutes. Stir in vanilla pudding mix until Well combined.
3. Evenly divide batter among five separate bowls.
4. Color each bowl of batter a different color, using your gel food colorings. I like using a liquid red coloring because it’s much easier to add to enhance the color as opposed to the gel colorings, but use what you have on hand. For the gel colors, I generally use about the tip of a butter knife’s worth of coloring; it’s highly concentrated, so that’s usually enough for a small amount of batter. Tint each color to your desired shade (I like mine nice and bright!) and set aside.
5. Spoon your batter into your muffin cups one color at a time. Start with a dessertspoonful of purple batter and put that into the bottom of the cupcake pan, shake the cupcake tray to make sure the purple covers the bottom of the cupcake pan it’s in. Then put a spoonful of blue on top of the purple, then a spoonful of green, then a spoonful of yellow, then a spoonful of red for the top.
-To vary it a bit you can also start with red on the bottom and have purple as the top colour.
6. Once your cupcake pans are filled (after the red layer, or purple if you’re doing a reverse rainbow) put in the oven for about 15-18 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick in the centre and pull it out without any batter sticking to it.
7. Take cupcake pans out of the tray and set aside on a wire rack to cool.

RAINBOW BUTTER CREAM ICING
•150 grams butter, softened
•250 grams icing sugar, sifted
•2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or more, to your desired taste)
•2 teaspoons milk
•Gel food colours in yellow, blue and pink.

method:
1. Blend butter until light and fluffy, which should take about 5 minutes.
2. Continue blending while slowly adding icing sugar, small amounts at a time.
3. Add the vanilla extract and milk slowly, small amounts at a time.
4. Continue mixing for a further 5 minutes.
5. Separate equally into 3 bowls.
6. Tint one bowl pink, one yellow and one blue. (You only need a tiny amount of gel colouring)
7. Take it in turns of spooning pink then yellow then blue icing side by side into a piping bag. (Star nozzles look the best and give the best colour mixing effect)
8. The colours will combine by themselves as you pipe a tall swirl onto your beautiful cupcake to finish it off!

EXAMPLES OF RAINBOW CUPCAKES

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EXAMPLES OF RAINBOW FROSTING

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EXAMPLES OF THE TWO COMBINED

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Here’s the link to Hayley’s blog where I got the rainbow cupcake (not the rainbow frosting) recipe, and also two of the pictures from:
http://thedomesticrebel.com/2011/09/29/amazing-rainbow-cupcakes-pt-deux-and-a-video/<a

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