The internet is all a buzz with every variation on the rainbow cake. I will offer two more variations. Variety is a good thing, right? So here are the mini cupcakes I made for Ruby's first birthday party.
As I was making these cupcakes, I was writing this post in my head. At first, I was going to say, sure these look like they would be an awesome idea, but man o man, don't make mini cupcakes. Then I perfected my method and my attitude changed. And now I am writing to say, MAKE THESE. Seriously!
To start, I ordered mini cupcake liners in the rainbow colors I was planning to use. I probably could have found these at a local store had I taken the time to look, but I found them first in the Etsy store, Sweet Estelle. I got 70 liners for $3.50 which I thought was a pretty fair price. And so pretty!
My sister was kind enough to lend me a ton of mini cupcake pans, a cupcake carrier, a set of sparkling sugar in the rainbow colors and a cupcake pen. A cupcake pen is this cool squeeze bottle with a screw off cap on the end. You can easily pour your batter in the bottle and then give perfect pours into each cupcake liner. So handy, that big sis of mine.
Like this one from Omnomicon.
And that is reason #2 as to why you definitely should make these cupcakes. By working color by color, I have a method that only dirties one dish. Here is what I had to clean when it was all said and done. Follow my lead, kids.
SO I got myself the Duncan Hines white super moist cake mix and I made it. Simple enough. I had 70 cupcake liners (which up until about 10 minutes ago I thought I made 60 cupcakes. 7 colors, 10 of each = 70. Weird that I had enough cake mix because I based all my measuring out on me making 60 cupcakes...) I did initially try to use the cupcake pen and I was working with such small amounts of batter (less than a cup) it proved to be more of a hindrance than a help. But no worries, I quickly adjusted and started mixing in a small white bowl I also stole from my sister way back when she made everyone in the family personal quiches (seriously, she did that and they had homemade crust. so good!) I measured out 3/4 cup batter and put it in the bowl. Now, other blogs will tell you that you MUST USE GEL COLORING. I bought the gel coloring, even with a Michael's coupon it was about $9, and I looked in my baking drawer and took back the gel coloring to Michael's. Instead I used Durkee's food coloring that I already had.
My secret to one dirty dish was to go in a specific order in color. This was to save maximum amount of batter and cut down on washing. So my order was pink, then red, then orange, then yellow, then green, then blue, then purple. So, yeah go in rainbow order. Huge secret, don't tell a soul.
For the frosting, I used a cream cheese frosting recipe that I found online. It was simply one package of cream cheese mixed with one stick of butter and then a bit of vanilla extract and then powdered sugar. It started with one cup of powdered sugar, but that was far too cream cheesy (not a bad thing) so I kept adding sugar until I was satisfied. Each cupcake got a dollop of frosting and a sprinkling of sparkling sugar. Tada!
Reason #3 to make these? One cupcake is literally 1 teaspoon of cake. That is so not sinful. Eat some without worry!