I decided to make some pinata cupcakes. Pinata cakes have been made before of course, indeed google is full of them, but to make mine stand out I decided to try and make mine stand out from the cupcake crowd.
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.
The idea came about when I asked Burton to draw a colourful cupcake that we could try and make. He drew an image and 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.
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!!
Sometimes I really fancy eating some cake, so I rumage through my fridge and cupboards to see what concoction I can come up with and normally there is something I can use to satisy my cake cravings! However, one flavour I never saw myself making are Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes – of course being British the ‘jelly’ part is just jam but even so it seems a very odd combination. I know from having seen US sitcoms that peanut butter and jam sandwiches are very popular, so I decided to give a cupcake version a try.
Over the last few weeks its been that time of year when the hedgerows have become abundant with blackberries. I love using them in pies and crumbles but it is also nice to bake with them a different way, especially in warmer weather as it was at the end of August.
A couple of weeks ago I made some blackberry cupcakes to take to a birthday tea party which made a nice change from the more common strawberry cupcakes you see in the summer. I actually added some blackberries to the batter to make purple cakes once they were cooked.
Thank you xx