These Heavenly Rainbow Cupcakes are a variation of the Unicorn & Mermaid Cupcakes I made back in May. This time around though I only used two colours for the sponge - pastel pink and blue and I used my 'go-to' Betty Crocker Creamy Vanilla Icing and packed the cupcakes full of Rainbow Nerds and decorated the top with them too. I love the sour taste of the Rainbow Nerds mixed with the sweetness of the sponge and icing, so delicious! I was unsure on what to call these cupcakes and said so on my Instagram, so thank you to @toddler_activity for the name suggestion!
To make my Heavenly Rainbow Cupcakes you will need:
282g self raising flour
113g of softened butter
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Betty Crocker Creamy Vanilla Icing
How to make these pastel swirled, sweet and sour slices of rainbow loveliness:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line cupcake tins with cases, this recipe makes 16 cupcakes.
2. Sieve the flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together in another bowl, an electric mixer would have been so handy for this but as I don't have one I had to use my hands and then a spoon to mix it all together.
4. Add the vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture.
5. Add the egg whites to the butter, sugar and vanilla mixture one at a time, beating with a whisk.
6. Add in the eggs to this mixture one at a time, beat again.
7. Gradually add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter, sugar, egg and vanilla mixture, alternating the two as you add to get the best texture from your batter.
8. Divide your batter into two bowls (or however many bowls of colours you want).
9. Add in a tiny drop of each food colouring if you want a pastel look and a bit more if you want a more vivid look that I went for with the sponge.
10. Spoon your batter into the cupcake cases, adding each colour where you want it in the case. I put pink on the bottom and blue on the top and then used a toothpick to swirl the colours.
11. When fully baked (around 20 minutes later) leave your cupcakes to cool on a wire rack. Top tip: Cover with a tea-towel to keep your cupcakes moist.
12. When completely cool use a cupcake scooper (I have just invested in one of these!) and fill the hole with the Rainbow Nerds, or whatever other sweets you'd like. (Try to resist eating the Nerds, I couldn't!).
13. Use a piping bag to ice the top of the cupcakes.
14. Sprinkle generously with Rainbow Nerds.
These were such a simple and quick treat to make on a Sunday afternoon and my family really enjoyed them, I think we're all just Nerd addicts to be honest! These are really fun cupcakes, especially for children as the rainbow colours are so eye-catching and a bit different to normal sponges and cupcake fillings. They were so good we even had them for breakfast - very naughty I know, but surely we can be forgiven when the food looks as colourful as this!