Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rainbow Cupcakes

What lurks behind the beautiful cupcake? Well that'd be my new little stuffed animal Apple! Chris bought me her the other day. She's so cute. She's the only one that I like out of the Hello Kitty collection. I don't really like Hello Kitty, or that white.. thing. Or that... Panda thing. I do like Chococat and Kuririn though. As you can see, I know a lot about the little Hello Kitty collection. I'm a bit of a dork. I learned all the names though from my friends baby sister. She' of was obsessed with Hello Kitty; And all the characters! She had a giant Hello Kitty! It was about 5 feet tall. It kind of scared me...

Anyways, thats all beside the point of the reason I made these cupcakes. To be completely honest, and it may seem kind of weird, but when I look at my little stuffed animal Apple, makes me think of... Spring. All the beautiful and bright colors that come along with the season of Spring. Then I thought, well, I could make bright, spring like cupcakes. Which is how I came along to making these little adorable cupcakes.

These cupcakes are super moist! Very delicious, and so fun to make. You can color them and decorate them however you choose. I even got my little brother and my boyfriend doing it. We all came up with our own little creations and spent time together, enjoying each others company. This is one of the things that I really love about making cupcakes. You can have friends and family help out, and we all came make our cupcakes the way we want and decorate them how we'd like them!


For Cupcakes

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Food Coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, beating until combined.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla, then stir to combine.

3. Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.

4. Divide the batter into a few different bowls (However many different colors your using depends on how many bowls you'll have). Put desired food coloring in each bowl. Do it one drop at a time, stirring each addition drop till you get the color you are wanting.

5. Scoop batter into cupcake cups, alternating with different colored batter, and fill to about 2/3’s full. Bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

(Apple was very happy ^_^)

For Soft Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk

1. Beat butter at medium-high speed until creamy. Sift powdered sugar into the mixer bowl (right on top of the beaten butter). Beat to combine.

2. Add the vanilla and the milk. Beat until combined. Spread on top of cupcakes or cake.


Cassandra said...

So cute ! :) For once, I want the teddy more than I want the cookie ( :o! )

About the soy meat, I most often find it wherever the tofu is found. For a vegetarian, the best soy meat to use would be Yves Veggie Cuisine. :) It does not taste like meat though anyone could easily mistake it for meat (if that makes sense). The texture and the look is identical to ground beef.

Thank yooou for your comments about my pasta. ^_^ I never thought I liked red pepper flakes until now. It does add a big umph. :P I'll be putting it on everything now. XD

Cassandra said...

I meant the cupcake, not the cookie. XP Obviously I want a cookie right now.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

aww, Apple is adorable!! such a lovely gift :0)

your cupcakes are GORGEOUS!! they're very spring-like, indeed :0)

Elle said...

So pretty--they look really Springy! the bear is pretty cute, too. :)

Anonymous said...

your cupcakes look cute and the colors are so pretty:)

RecipeGirl said...

Ahhhh, they're so cute!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are so beautiful! Apple is really lucky. :)

Paola Westbeek said...

OH these are TOO cute! I bet my daughter would totally dig them!!


Reeni said...

So pretty and scrumptious looking, yum!

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