Recipe – 3D Rainbow cupcakes

With little man N’s Naming Day theme being rainbow and a rainbow featuring on his main cake, I had my thinking cap on for some kind of rainbow themed cupcakes to go with it. You don’t even need a piping nozzle for this and it’s okay for it to look a bit messy. They also feature a fab retro sweet! Perfect for any rainbow themed party.

Ingredients (makes 12)
Cupcakes

  • 150 g butter
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 150 g self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Butter cream icing
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • 250 g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • rainbow belts
Method
  • Preheat oven to gas 4 / 350F / 180C. Place cupcake cases into a 12 hole muffin tin.
  • Cream together the butter & sugar until light & creamy.
  • Beat in the eggs, adding a little flour each time. Beat in the remaining flour and the vanilla until mixture is well combined, smooth & creamy.
  • Divide the mixture between the cases.
  • Bake for 15-20 mins, until a skewer or cocktail stick inserted comes out clean. 
  • Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the butter cream icing, beat the butter until smooth & creamy. 
  • Add half the icing sugar and beat until well combined.
  • Add the rest of the icing sugar and the vanilla and beat until smooth & creamy.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, take the palette knife and spread butter cream on top of each cupcake. It doesn’t matter if it’s lumpy on there as it gives it a ‘cloud’ like texture.
  • Take the teaspoon and spoon a small blob onto two sides of each cupcake. Again it doesn’t matter if it looks a little messy.
  • Before the icing starts to set, take a rainbow belt – if they are a little long you may need to chop a bit off – and put one end into each blob of icing so it is curved like a rainbow.
  • Enjoy!

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