Friday, February 22, 2013

Rainbow Frosting Cupcakes



I remember learning the colors of the rainbow as a kid in piano class.  It was one of the first lessons in my primer - a song titled "Roy G. Biv".  Just saying it takes me back to that ticking metronome. I'm tapping out a few rudimentary notes that are supposed to resemble a song about rainbows. I must have played that little ditty a hundred times before getting it right!

All these years later I still remember the simple words to that song. It was stuck in my head as I frosted these cupcakes in the same sequence of hues.



The idea for these came from a nice big box of goodies that Wilton sent me.  Inside was a book all about cupcakes and other fun things like colorful batter mix-ins and candy sprinkles.  I thought the green "batter bits" with rainbow frosting would make a great St. Paddy's day treat.  But heck!  They turned out so cheery, I'd make them anytime someone needed an infusion of sugary happiness.  Talk about a pick-me-up!




There were some similarly frosted cupcakes on the cover of the book I was given by Wilton, and I hoped it would tell me how much icing I'd need to complete these.  Unfortunately, it was not mentioned and I was left trying to estimate how much I'd need for a dozen. I ended up using 6 cups, but I'd err on the side of caution next time and make 6 1/2. I realize that sounds like a huge amount, but these have about a half cup of icing topping each cake, which is no less than you'd get at a fancy cupcake boutique.  That said, I wasn't able to eat a whole one by myself, so I'd suggest splitting one with a friend.


I can't wait to try out a mini version of these.  I've got some Sixlets candies that would make a perfect mini "cherry" on top.  I also think this same technique would be beautiful done in ombre hues.

Rainbow Frosting Cupcakes
Yield: 12-13 cupcakes
Start to finish: 3 hours +
Source: SprinkleBakes original recipes, technique inspired by Cupcakes! by Wilton
[click for printable version]

These are a bit of work from scratch, so using a white cake mix may be a time-saving option for busy bakers. I do suggest homemade frosting . It should be one you really love because these cupcakes hold a tall amount. Using disposable cups or bowls is a good idea when mixing so many different colors of icing. I chose a maraschino cherry as a topper, but you could use a candy cherries found at bulk candy stores.

Sour cream cake
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 milk
Wilton Green color mix-ins, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.  in a medium sized bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup sour cream. Add flour and milk mixture alternately, beginning and ending with flour.  Batter will be thick.  Fold in color mix-ins, if using.
  3. Fill cupcake papers with 1/4 cup level measures of batter.  Bake for 17 minutes.  Let cool and set aside.
Buttercream frosting
This is a simple confectioners' vanilla buttercream that is white so it will show color well, but if you prefer, you can find my Swiss buttercream recipe here, which will work well also.

2 cups of unsalted butter, softened
2 lbs. confectioners’ sugar - the finest you can find (usually 10x)
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tsp.  Clear vanilla extract
* Additional milk or heavy cream, as needed
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners’ sugar.  Begin mixing on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes.  Add milk.
  2. Add vanilla extract and beat again for several minutes until light and fluffy. 
*Note: If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency.

Tint/top
Violet gel food coloring
Royal blue gel food coloring
Leaf green gel food coloring
Golden yellow gel food coloring
Orange gel food coloring
12 maraschino cherries with stems, drained and patted dry

This is an estimation of the tinted icing amounts I used for these cupcakes. You’ll need a larger amount of violet versus the much smaller amount of orange. 
Divide the icing and tint accordingly. The only color you’ll need to create is indigo, and you can do that by adding one part blue food coloring to one part violet food coloring to untinted icing.  

Have ready these amounts and frost in this order:

2 1/3 cups violet
1 1/2 cups indigo
1 cup blue
2/3 cup green
1/2 cup yellow
1/3 cup orange
  1. Transfer violet icing to a piping bag fitted with a large plain tip (Wilton 2A).  I’m confident this could also be done with a zip-top bag with a corner snipped. 
  2. Pipe an even line of frosting around the edge of a cupcake and then lightly fill in the middle with frosting.  Repeat process with remaining frostings, getting smaller in diameter as you change icing colors.  Repeat process with remaining cupcakes. Top each cupcake with a maraschino cherry.

Disclaimer: Colorburst batter bits and Cupcakes! book were provided by Wilton.  Wilton did not ask me to review these products, but I found them useful and of possible benefit and interest to SprinkleBakes readers.


63 comments:

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie said...

These are so beautiful, Heather! I adore them!!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So cute and colorful! I love those cupcakes.

Cheers,

Rosa

Party Wagon said...

Fabulous!!

Amanda said...

Lovely!

Leslie said...

So adorable!!!!!

Wiener Wohnsinn said...

Oh my godness ! They look so amazing !
I love the idea, thanks for sharing !

kind regards from vienna,
melanie

Angie Barrett said...

I love the rainbow of colors!!

Michelle said...

they totally remind me of the Fisher Price rainbow stacking rings! Love these cupcakes - a clever take on the St. Patty's day rainbow.

Chloe Moon said...

These look so much fun!!! =)

Ergo - Blog

Alayna @ Thyme Bombe said...

So pretty! It's a rainy day here and this bright splash of color first thing in the morning is refreshing.

Katrina Bahl said...

I need color burst batter bits in my life! These are adorable Heather!

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Oh. Ma. Ghee. For serious? These are amazeballs. I just want to put some of that cuteness into my face. So pretty, Heather!!

Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory said...

These are perfect to add some color to a dreary winter day. So beautiful!

Simo said...

sono spettacolari, dei piccoli capolavori, complimenti!!!!!!!!!

Liz said...

Very adorable! My kids would love them :)

Anonymous said...

This is lovely. It would be even better if you didid the base with a sugar boiling icing as the cloud and the the rainbow! Or the cup cake lining

Kelly @ Studio DIY said...

These are amazing!! So perfect for St. Patty's!!

Kristen - Dine & Dish said...

So very cute!

RosieB said...

Oh these are just gorgeous! You are so super talented :)

www.ciderwithrosiebee.blogspot.com

Joy said...

This was such a delightful post to read. I needed a pick-me-up, and you mentioned THREE of my favorite things - cake, rainbows, and mini's! Thank you for the Friday morning cheer.

Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes said...

Very pretty cupcakes, I love how you've graduated the colours and topped off with a cherry :)

Lisa Crunkhorn said...

These are so incredibly cute. The kinda remind me of one of those colourful stacking ring baby toys too which makes them even more cuter!

-Lisa.
Sweet 2 Eat Baking

Jenn @ Icing on the Cake said...

These are so adorable! I love the green bits inside!

Callie Hagood said...

You can tell I'm and 80's/90's kid because my first thought was "Rainbow Brite!". These are super cute! I'll have to keep this in mind for nephew/niece's birthday parties!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

SO cute! And the cherry on top is just perfect.

thejoyofcaking said...

So bright and cheerful!

Janine Eshelbrenner said...

It doesn't get much prettier than this!

Laura (TLN) said...

Love this idea (mmm...and so much icing..my favourite part!).

Annie Patz said...

These are SO pretty! I was thinking about dong something like this for my friends birthday coming up, thank you for the inspiration :)

Lora said...

These just make me happy. Period.

Bellenza Bistro said...

These have got to make you smile! Ok, and put on a pound or two...

cquek said...

Love its ingredients and vivid colors!

Becca said...

Oh these look so pretty and colorful. It sort of reminds me of being a the circus, haha :)

adrienne said...

Wow! Has anyone yet mentioned how reminiscent these cupcakes are of Rainbow Brite?! Perfect picture through the link below...

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Gz_fYJc6Rzo/TnNIk3CbI_I/AAAAAAAAAc0/CqlG5oYz39Y/s1600/rainbow+bright+beltwm.jpg

Chocolate Shavings said...

How could these not put a smile on your face - they're gorgeous!

Bits of Sunshine said...

These are gorgeous! I can see why you would eat them for breakfast! They are so cherry! I will be frosting some rainbow cupcakes soon!!!!

Gourmantine said...

These have to be the most joyful cupcakes I've seen. I think kid and adults alike would go crazy for them!

marla said...

Heather ~ these cupcakes are so playful and beautiful!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Heather,

These are too cute to eat! So joyful :)

Wendy said...

These are so pretty. I am sure that there must be a leprechaun's pot of gold on the other side of those cupcakes :) Or maybe some golden filling inside the cupcake for St. Patrick's day? Fun!

Stacy @ Baubles and Brownies said...

Wow! Those are perfect for St. Paddy's Day! Good call!

Sue said...

These cupcakes make me giddy!!! I think I could stare at them for a looooog time:) Love that the red "layer" is a cherry:) GORGEOUS photos!

Alexandra said...

I don't think I ever learned a Roy G. Biv song, but I definitely was taught to remember the colors of the rainbow with that acronym. I still remember all kinds of silly songs from when I was really young in school. I love how fun these cupcake are; like you said, they'd be the perfect way to put a smile on someone's face any time of year!

MrsCake said...

Each time I visit your blog, as soon as I lay my eyes on photos of your sweet creations I'm all OMG, as in "ohmygodthisissoooadorablewhatanabsolutelyfantasticideathosecoloursthoseflavoursthatdisplayandcompositionIwanttostayhereforever!" ;)
Thank you for making me smile! ^ ^

Yelena Strokin said...

Such a vibrant color combination-) Beautiful!

Sandi @ My Culinary Escapades said...

Beautiful!

Bob said...

Stunning! I need to show this to my wife and get her to make some for me lol.

apartment302 said...

The rainbow frosting and the green sprinkles inside are perfect for St. Patty's Day!!! Yum!!

Anonymous said...

These look great but I would use your recipe for the sprinkles cake. I have used it over and over for cupcakes and people always seem to love it. I usually get close to 2 dozen cupcakes for the recipe.

theultimatefoodaddict said...

This looks so great! with something as beautiful as this, no need to look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Best of luck! :)

Charlotte said...

I love these! I've added them to my weekly wonders post - http://charlottemusha.com/weekly-wonders-9/

Cindy deRosier said...

I'm the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your cupcakes! You can see it here:

http://funfamilycrafts.com/rainbow-cupcakes-2/

If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above. Thanks for a wonderful project idea!

Милана Ишутина said...

So bright! You can feel the coming of spring!

blueberrykitchen said...

Oh wow what gorgeous cupcakes, I love the rainbow frosting!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

These are beautiful... I cannot wait to try making them.
Thanks for sharing the recipe, it will be perfect for Easter.

Alee said...

I was really disappointed by these. They didn't keep their shape at all :(

SprinkleBakes said...

Hi Alee,

I'm sorry the recipe didn't work out for you. I assume you are talking about the frosting and not the cake? A tip if you decide to make these again, or other cakes with tall frosting - add a little extra confectioners' sugar to the mix if the icing is too lax. This will help the frosting hold its shape.

H

Heather - Chickabug said...

Too pretty! I love every color and the cherry on top is perfect! : )

Laura Muir said...

Wow. I found your site and have been oogling over many of your post for at least a half hour. I could stay longer if it was possible!! You are so talented. Photos are amazing. I wish I was you right now!! lol. No really, you are so inspiring! I love to bake, but I find that most of my time ends up being spent on recipe creation for main dishes etc. I needed this new inspiration for baking all over again. I love it. These cupcakes are so cheery and adorable. I think I will make these for my son's 2nd birthday this december. Love love love the blog. Thanks for sharing.

~Laura Muir

You can find me at:
Fresh Cooking=Happy People
www.freshcookinghappypeople.blogspot.com

Miss Venus Fury said...

The are so pretty! I might have to try making a gluten/dairy free version :)

Tabitha Blue said...

Love this recipe! I wanted to feature your photo and recipe on my blog as well as in my BlogHer blog, may I have permission to do so? We're featuring some favorite St Pattys day inspired rainbow recipes! Thank you for your time in advance!

Tabitha Blue
Http://freshmommyblog.com
Freshmommy@me.com

Michelle@The Gathering of Friends said...

The colors you used for the frosting are amazing! The cupcakes turned out beautifully! I featured this cute recipe in our blog post for "20 Amazing Recipes for St. Patrick's Day!" Here is the link if you would like to see your recipe: http://returntothetable.net/recipes/20-amazing-desserts-for-st-patricks-day/

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's a LOT of frosting per cupcake, lol. These are great, Heather.

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