Saturday, September 12, 2015

Heavenly Rainbow Cupcakes | Baking Inspiration ♥

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
2 eggs
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
Rainbow Nerds
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!



  1. Oooo they look very yummy =]

  2. Wow these look amazing! That betty crocker icing is so delicious as well! :) xx

  3. They look so gorgeous! Haven't made cupcakes for ages, might give these ones a go, they're mouthwatering.

  4. Oh my gosh they look delicious, I will definitely have to try making these with Dexter once our Kitchen is up and running. We are having our new house re-wired next week so have to live at the mother in laws :/ Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. These look yummy, I know that my teen and toddler would love these. I will save the recipe and attempt to make them with them next week, although I am not a very good baker so I doubt they will look as pretty as these ones xx

  6. These look fab! Baby is on my knee and she is VERY interested in these :) x

  7. Oh I haven't had nerds for years (decades!). Love the idea as decorations though, especially against the cake colours.

  8. Ohhhh these look fantastic! I might give these a try for my daughters Birthday this week! The icing looks yummy! :D Thanks for sharing. xx

  9. Yummmy, I love nerds! I have a little one who would enjoy eating all the nerds then the icing followed by the sponge in exactly that order! Actually little one and me haha! :-) x

  10. Oh these look delicious! I LOVE rainbow nerds...or any kind of nerds actually! Yum!!! I wish I was as good a baker as you, kids cakes in a pack are about all I have patience for lol xx

  11. Oh these look too pretty to eat! I'll try them this weekend x


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