Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Very Happy Cupcake

Happiness is: a fun cupcake! 

My brother & his girlfriend made these cupcakes last weekend. Well, I think it was more like she made the cupcakes while he kept her company & taste-tested. But it's probably for the best--know your strengths. ;)

At a glance they're so cute and very appropriate for Valentine's Day...

Totes adorbs.

but when you bite into them, they get even cuter... 


Adding food coloring to small portions of batter, then layering it, creates the rainbow effect!

If you'd like to try making these yourself, here's the recipe they used...

Rainbow Cupcakes (Recipe credit HERE)
    3/4 cup Self-Rising Flour
    3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
    3/4 cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
    2 Eggs
    1 1/2 tsp Vanilla 
    3 tbs Milk
    Red, Blue, Green, and Yellow Food Coloring

Start by pre-heating your oven to 395 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, use whisk to beat sugar into butter until creamy and fluffy. The mixture should be light in color. Slowly stir in eggs and flour, making sure each is thouroughly stirred in. Mix in Vanilla. Stir in milk 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring thoroughly after each tablespoon is added.

Divide mixture evenly into each of the smaller bowls.

Add food coloring:
Bowl 1 (Red) - 8 drops red
Bowl 2 (Orange) - 8 drops yellow, 4 drops red
Bowl 3 (Yellow) - 8 drops yellow
Bowl 4 (Green) - 8 drops green
Bowl 5 (Blue) - 8 drops blue
Bowl 6 (Purple) - 8 drops blue, 4 drops red

Line muffin pan with muffin cups. Starting with purple, spoon batter evenly into each of the muffin cups, spreadng slightly. Continue, layering, with blue, then green, then yellow, then orange, then red.

Bake for 20 minutes at 395 degrees.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 oz unsalted butter (softened)
3 oz cream cheese (softened)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla 

Now that's a very happy cupcake. :)

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