It was my bestie’s birthday on the 30th of July and she was having a rainbow themed party. We saw these rainbow cupcakes on Pinterest and I offered to make them for her. All I needed to do was find the rainbow belt things. I had never seen them before until I walked into a sweet factory shop, this shop is amazing. If I ever need to buy sweets and chips in bulk this will be the place to go. I have found the rainbow belts in three different places since I bought them, but now I know for next time. Baking these were lots of fun and helped remind me of how much I love the decorating part of cupcake making.
Here is my recipe
I’ve used this recipe for years, which I found on www.cupcakerecipes.com.
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/3 cups sugar
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup shortening, (I use butter)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla essance
- 2 large egg
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
- Add shortening, milk and vanilla essence.
- Beat for 1 minute on medium speed.
- Add eggs to mixture and beat for 1 minute on medium speed
- Scrape sides of bowl and beat on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.
- Spoon into cupcake liners and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
I used cream cheese icing because it’s to cold for our butter to get soft. This meant I had lumps in my icing, so I chose something without butter
I used: 1 x 250g cream cheese, 2 cups icing sugar, 1/2 a teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Whip the cream cheese and vanilla essence together and then gradually add the icing sugar until you have the constancy you need. You can add more icing sugar if you need it to be thicker.
I then set aside a quarter of the icing for the white clouds. I coloured the rest with a few drops of blue food colouring.
The putting together part – the FUN part
I piped the blue icing on before spreading it around a bit with a flat blade for the sky.
Add two blobs for clouds on the sides.
Cut the rainbow belts up to the right size needed before placing them on top of your cupcake. I placed the ends into the white cloud bits.
Since making these I have discovered that Woolworths sells ready made marshmallow frosting – you need to do is add water. This could work better for the icing and may give a more fluffy effect.