Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Rainbow cupcakes

Inspired by this amazing cake at craftcrafty.tv. I decided I would embark on a rainbow cupcake challenge for my friends birthday yesterday. The results were pretty awesome and delicious once you get over the initial ' oh my goodness theirs so many colours in my cake' shock. Below is my process, its actually not as complicated as it looks.

How they did the cake above was basically by making 6 small cakes in rainbow colours and then stacking them on top of each other. But for a cupcake that would near impossible so I decided to follow the same idea but just layer the mixture on top of each other and bake.

Ta da! I'm pretty proud of how they turned out! I iced them in white chocolate frosting with a little edible glitter and some rainbow star sprinkles.

You will need :

  • Rainbow cupcake cases x12
  • Any cupcake recipe prepared to the batter stage or a cake mix will work too just make sure its plain.
  • 3 food colours- red, blue and yellow or if you have the other colours in premade mixes use those instead.
  • Icing of your choice
  • Sprinkles

The technique:

Divide your batter into 6 equal portions of mixture and place in some containers to mix the separate colours in.

Bowl 1- Add half a cap full of red colouring
Bowl 2- Add half a cap full of red and half a cap full of yellow=orange
Bowl 3- Half a cap of yellow
Bowl 4- Half a cap full of yellow and half of blue= green
Bowl 5- Half a cap full of Blue
Bowl 6- Half a cap full of Blue, half a cap full of Red= purple

Now for the fun and slightly messy part. You want to fill up each cupcake case with about equal portions of the colours in order of the rainbow.

I started with about a teaspoon red for the bottom layer then a teaspoon of orange, yellow, green, purple and blue until I had filled each case up about 3/4 of the way. Make sure you try to smooth the mixture evenly over the whole space in the cupcake case before moving onto the next colour otherwise when the bake you wont have a defined layers of colour.

Bake them according to the instruction in your recipe, cool and then ice and decorate.

That's it! I told you it was easy didn't I? The hardest part is trying to keep the food colouring from staining your fingers lol. As you can see in this photo below I failed miserably. But it was so worth it!

Friday, 21 January 2011

First Fantastic 4 Friday

Ah yes its Friday again awesome blog friends and that means 4 new favourite things.

1. This lady's lovely food blog:


2. Anthropologie! I can't believe I only just discovered this shop. It has really beautiful things, I want to buy everything. If you like unique, retro styled pieces ( like these shoes) you should go and have a look at their online shop.

3. Blueberry pancakes- I made these for dessert tonight with some of my freshly picked berries. Yum! If you don't have fresh berries frozen will be great too!

4.igourmet is a super cool website that sells all kinds of tasty deli treats and sauces as well as chocolates and coffees from all over the world (even Chocolates from New Zealand!)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Right now

Right now....
Time: 8:07

In my mug: Rhubarb and braeburn apple tea

Outside my window: a lovely Wellington Sunset

In my belly: Lots and lots and lots of blueberries!! Thanks to me and my friends amazing blueberry picking adventure today.

Beside me: Our fish bubbling away

In the fridge: Left over Christmas chocolates and one kilo of blueberries I picked today!

In my ears: The weird building and animal sounds from James playing 'Minecraft'

On me: A floral retro skirt and my pink owl tshirt.

Looking forward to: Finding an awesome new flat this weekend.

Grateful for:Lovely friends and fresh berries yum,yum,yum!!

Friday, 14 January 2011

First Fantastic 4 Friday

This year I thought I'd have a cool new  'feature'. Every Friday I'm going to list four of my new favourite things, they might be recipes,videos or tasty treats that I have recently discovered and want to share with you. I hope you enjoy it!

1. The very first number 1 is these little beauties.

Their called "Nature Valley Crunchy". You can read more about them at their website. I think they might be an American thing but they have a New Zealand website too. These crunchy little morsels are the perfect holiday snack or lunch box filler. One of our fav new treats and therefore my very first "Fantastic 4 Friday" item.

I bought my very first pair of eco friendly shoes last week. I had to order them off Amazon.com but oh my! they were worth the trouble. They are most comfortable shoes you'll ever wear, its like walking on clouds, and the best part is they are made from recycled eco materials. The soles are car tyres, the laces plastic bags and the canvas is organic cotton that's fair trade.

3. This delicious Edmonds recipe for the best ever scones, I believe it! They really were the best.

4. Milly's Kitchen. 

 I went there when we were home in Auckland last week and wow! They have amazing baking stuff. Their cake decorating section alone is worth making the trip into town for. I bought some eatible glitter and delicious  Wilton cookies and cream sprinkles for my next batch of cupcakes.
 If your not from Auckland don't worry! they also have an online shop :-)

Monday, 10 January 2011

New Year, New Look

I'm back from Holiday and decided my blog needed a little make-over, what do you think? Its a bit more 'crisp' as James would say. Here's to a new year of blogging! and a new year of fabulous recipes, flavours, fun and experiences.

Happy New Year Bloggers!


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