Now January can be rather a sad month, especially since we haven’t had any snow yet! I’m particularly disappointed about the lack of snow, as it was one of the reasons I chose to come to York…!
These cupcakes are the ultimate pick-me-up; not only do they taste really good, but bite into one and you will literally be able to taste (and see!) the rainbow.
For the cakes:
150g softened butter
150g caster sugar
150g self-raising flour
1tsp vanilla bean paste
Red, orange, yellow, green and blue gel food colourings
For the frosting:
80g softened butter
300g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
12 hole cupcake tin, greased and dusted with flour
Oven Pre-heated to 180°C
- For the cakes, put the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and cream together until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, and beat well, adding a tablespoon of flour if the mixture looks curdled.
- Sift in the rest of the flour and mix well.
- Now divide your mixture into 5 bowls, and it’s time to add the food colouring!
- Add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl, to create a red bowl, orange bowl, and so on. Add more colouring if you want a brighter cupcake.
- Divide the red mixture between the holes, then carefully spread out. Add the orange and spread, then the yellow, then the green, and finally the blue mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until they spring back when touched.
- Meanwhile, make the frosting. Put all the ingredients into a bowl and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
- When the cakes are cool, ice them with the frosting.