When I was asked by Renshaw Baking to create a kids recipe with the help of my children, one that could be associated with childhood memories of baking ,I had a few ideas and I hoped that my boys would also come up with a similar theme. I asked Burton, my eldest, to draw me a picture of a cake he would like us to make into a real one. He came up with this colourful creation
He explained that it was a rainbow coloured cake and I thought to myself *yay* as I had hoped this would be his idea because I know he likes all things bright and colourful, and rainbow like, and it would fit perfectly with the idea I had already been mulling over.
Rainbow Cupcakes is our idea for a childhood recipe that my boys and I will enjoy making and remaking time and time again because whats not to like? They are bright, colourful, and easy to make, and cakes that children will love making aswell as eating.
I made vanilla sponges with smarties in the batter just to add some extra fun, but they would work equally well with chocolate or lemon sponge. We topped each cake with vanilla buttercream, and covered with mini white marshmallows to make clouds and then rolled out Renshaw’s ready to roll different coloured icing into strips to form rainbows. We also added a gold covered chocolate coin to represent the pot of gold you find at the end of a rainbow. Rolling out these ready to roll icings is similar to playdough really, so …. well just like child play!!
- *For The Cakes*
- 150g unsalted butter
- 150g self raising flour
- 150g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tubes of smarties
- *For The Buttercream*
- 100g unslated butter
- 200g icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- *For The Toppings*
- 12 small gold chocolate coins
- 1 pack of mini white chocolate marshmallows
- Renshaws Ready To Roll Icing - I used blue, green, orange, red and yellow
- Pre heat the oven to 180oC / 160oC (fan)
- Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases
- Cream together the butter and sugar until soft ansd creamy
- Add the eggs, vanilla extract and 1 tbsp of the flour and beat together until light and airy (about 2 mins)
- Fold in the flour and then add the smarties and mix
- Divide the batter between the cake cases
- Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes until cooked right through
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely
- Make your buttercream by beating the butter to make it soft and then carefully add the icing sugar and vanilla essence and beat to make a soft buttercream
- Place in a piping bag or you can spread the buttercream onto the cakes if you prefer
- Top each cupcake with the buttercream
- Top the buttercream with the marshmallows - as many as you can fit on
- Add a gold chocolate coin to one side of each cake at the top
- Then make your rainbows - literally by rolling 12 strips of each colour icing into worms and then make your arcs as per my photo - although with hindsight thicker worms may have been better
- Place them over the marshmallows so that one end touches the gold coin
- Then they are ready to enjoy
I dont have any photo of the boys helping to make the rainbows – it got a little fraught when they started eating the icing and mixing them up too much (as they do with playdough – the mixing of the colours I mean and not the eating part!!) and my hands were messy. They did help make some of the rainbows, but I ended up finishing them off early this morning so they had no idea that not all of the ones they made were not used!!
Baking with children is a lot of fun and something that the boys and I do often together. Being boys too I feel it is important to encourage them to bake and cook because I want them to understand that boys and girls, men and women, can cook edible delights and meals. Baking is for everyone afterall.
I was sent packs of Renshaw ready to roll icing for the purpose of this baking challenge but the recipe idea was our own.