Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Rainbow Cupcakes (Perfect for St Paddy's Day)

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These happy cupcakes are perfect for St Patrick's Day or a Rainbow party. Or any occasion really, since they are so darn cute! They are also simple enough that you can get your kids involved with making them, although that will probably mean having to share the leftover M&Ms. 

This is how I made them...


(for the cakes)
110g self raising flour
110g butter
110g caster sugar
1 tsp baking powder
2 large eggs

(for the topping)
100g butter
200g icing sugar
1 tsp blue food colouring

1) Pre-heat your oven to 160C/325F. Line your cake tin with the cases - using different colours would look cute for a rainbow party, but because we are so close to St Paddy's I stuck to green cases.

2) Mix all of the cake ingredients in a food processor or mixer (or you can do it by hand of course, it will just take longer to get a smooth consistency).

3) When the mixture is well combined and pale, spoon it into your cake cases. I fill mine to about half full.

3) Bake for around 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cakes are golden and a little springy when you touch the top.

4) While the cakes are cooling, make your buttercream frosting. Combine the butter and icing sugar together (again, I used an electric mixer). Then take a couple of tablespoons of the buttercream and put it in a piping bag, and add a drop of blue icing to the remaining buttercream. Mix thoroughly.

5) Spoon the blue buttercream onto the top of each cake and smooth with a knife. Add a rainbow with M&Ms (or Smarties would do too if you're in the UK) and then grab the piping bag to add a couple of white clouds. Easy!

Delicious and adorable!

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  1. Mmm! These look so good and a very cute idea for St. Patrick's Day!

  2. These look lovely! I might give them a try for this week's school cake sale :-)

  3. These are so adorable!

    Have a great week.

    Mary Beth

  4. These are so cute. I have a Wed night toddlers class at my church and they are called "The Rainbows". These will make the perfect snack for them.

  5. Very cute! Maybe add a covered Rolo for a 'pot of gold' at the end of the rainbow for St Patrick's Day! Pinning this idea, thanks!

    1. Oo thanks Kim, that's a really fun idea. This is why I like blogging - getting to share other people's great ideas :)

  6. These are adorable! Colorful cupcakes are the best. :)

  7. This is so adorable! Easy, bright, fun, and I love it! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  8. What adorable little cupcakes. Love these!

  9. Newest follower here! I found you through the blog hop. You have a super cute blog! I look forward to reading more.

    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

  10. What a cute idea to use candy for the rainbow instead of frosting! And much easier!

  11. What a beautiful cupcakes! Thanks for stopping by, hope you'll try my recipe soon...

  12. These are really cute, and would be perfect for a rainbow party.

  13. What a neat idea. I love it!

  14. These are so cute. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  15. Very cute idea! When my daughter was small she was a "Wizard of Oz" fan so I would always do something to incorporate "Over the Rainbow"...I would have love to use this :)

  16. These are so cute! I love them so much! Bet they tasted delicious as well!

  17. I love these! One can't help but smile when looking at these cupcakes!

  18. Angela, these almost look too good to eat. Any child would be delighted by them! Pinned and stumbled!

  19. Love this! I'd like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.


    Hope to see you there :)


  20. I love how cute and easy these are! Perfect for some St. Patrick's Day class treats! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring these today. Have a great week!
    jenn :)

  21. These are so adorable!! I pinned them. I browsed around your blog and love all your ideas and recipes.

    I'm visiting from "Mop It Up Mondays" and am now following your blog via GFC and Pinterest. Have a great week!

  22. So fun! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there! www.oneshetwoshe.com

  23. How have I never thought to do this? So cute and simple and delicious! Thanks so much for the great idea. Have a wonderful day!

  24. Love that these are so simple! I love a pretty cupcake but I am not a cake decorator, so these are right up my alley! Although between me and my two littles, I'm not sure that there would be any M&Ms left for the rainbows ;)

    Stopping by from Keeping it Simple's Motivate Me Monday :)

  25. Love the look! And so easy! Thanks!

  26. So cute and such a fun idea!
    Thanks for sharing at Artsy Corner, you were featured today! :)

  27. I LOVE these cupcakes!! What a great idea. Soo cute. My kids are going to love these!! We are starting a link up party on Thursdays (today:), and we would love for you to join us with this post and/or any others you would like to include. We are at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you there!!

  28. These are SO cute! You are a Featured Favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes. Thanks for joining us last week; we love having you! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)

  29. So darling! My girls would love making - and eating - these! I'll be featuring them on my blog tomorrow!



  30. I love these! So fun and cute!

  31. Hi Angela!! I'm your newest GFC and G+ follower through MMM blog hop! These cupcakes are adorable :)

    Would love if you stopped by and said hello, and followed back if you like :)


  32. Hi thanks for this lovely idea which I saw on Pinterest. I made 40 of them for selling today at our Girl Guide cake stall at a St Patrick's Day Parade. They sold very well!


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