Every year during Christmas time, I love to bake something special for Christmas. Last year it was Black forest cake and meringue cookies, the previous year, it was gingerbread cookies and apple pie, for this Christmas it is colorful rainbow cupcakes with buttercream frosting which I adapted from here and here. It was fun to put together and also it tasted yummy with buttercream frosting. It can be made for any special occasions like birthdays, get together etc. Today we will learn how to make rainbow cupcakes following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.
Sieve together all purpose flour (maida), baking powder and salt. Keep it aside.
I have used 6 colors to make this rainbow cupcakes - Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. I used Wilton Icing colors. It comes in a pack with 8 icing colors.
Preheat oven at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes (before baking). Line the cupcake tin with cupcake liners or grease and dust flour (see baking basics if you are not familiar with it).
Cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time and beat until well incorporated.
Add vanilla essence and mix well. Then add flour and milk alternatively, folding gently until combined. Begin and end with flour.
Now our basic vanilla cake batter is ready.
Divide batter equally into 6 bowls. Add few drops of blue in bowl 1, green in bowl 2, yellow in bowl 3, orange in bowl 4, red in bowl 5 and purple in bowl 6. Mix the colors well as seen in the picture below.
Drop a tbsp of batter to the center of the muffin cup starting from purple followed by blue, green, yellow, red and orange.
Bake in the preheated oven at 175 degree C for 10-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Buttercream Frosting for Rainbow Cupcakes - (I halved the recipe given as I did not frost all the cupcakes).
Beat butter until soft.
Add icing sugar, little at a time and beat the mixture until smooth and creamy. Add milk only if required. If the mixture is too tight, add a little milk to loosen the mixture to get the right consistency.
Using a piping bag and your favorite nozzle, pipe frosting on cupcakes and enjoy!!
Note - If you do not have all the colors, you can still bake these rainbow cupcakes with few colors.
Bring all the ingredients to room temperature before baking.
Bake these Rainbow cupcakes and make your Christmas even more colorful and brighter.
Do not miss my collection of Cakes and cookies for Christmas in the link below
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