With the world in this state of crazy at the moment and no end in sight, we need to find even the smallest things to brighten up our day. Rainbows make us feel happy, so bright and colourful and well cupcakes are just scrummy. so let’s combine both of these things and we have a very easy and utterly tasty Rainbow Cupcake recipe to put a smile on our children’s faces. So let’s get the kids in the kitchen and pass on an hour with this creative twist on cupcakes courtesy of my good friend Sheree and her mini bakers Niall and Sophia.
Rainbow Cupcake Recipe
We can’t all be Nigella in the kitchen so if you are not planning on making these cupcakes from scratch then skip all the way down to the decorating part, I won’t judge! So hands washed please ( yes for the 10th time today ) aprons on and let’s go.
Ingredients you require
- 110g softened butter
- 110g golden caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 110g self-raising flour
For the Buttercream
- 150g softened butter
- 300g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp milk
- Blue food colouring
- Rainbow belts for decoration
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and fill a 12 cupcake tray with cases.
- Using an electric whisk beat 110g softened butter and 110g golden caster sugar together until pale and fluffy then whisk in 2 large eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
- Add ½ tsp vanilla extract, 110g self-raising flour and a pinch of salt, whisk until just combined then spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases.
- Bake for 15 mins until golden brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of each cake comes out clean. Leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
- To make the buttercream, whisk 150g softened butter until super soft then add 300g icing sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
- Whisk together until smooth (start off slowly to avoid an icing sugar cloud) then beat in 3 tbsp milk.
- stir in the food colouring now. Spoon or pipe onto the cooled cupcakes.
- Decorate with Rainbow belt sweets
These fantastic cupcakes would be great to surprise your local NHS workers if there’s one living on your street or an elderly neighbour. You could leave one outside there door for them as a tasty treat and bring a smile and give a virtual hug to someone to let them know you care.