Monday, March 12, 2012

Rainbow Butterfly Cupcakes

I was seeing rainbows the whole week cause I am one of Hadya's enthusiast. I am preparing her 1st birthday party already. Not physically preparing but just scouting for lots of ideas online.

I grew more and more fond of the rainbow theme and have decided to make her a Rainbow stacked cake for her birthday. Yes, I have even decided on the cake already!

So before I go on making the real stuff, I wanted to make sure the taste is perfect and I have to practice on the coloring of the batter(s).

And so , I half-ed the recipe and tried to create a fairy cake with the rainbow version. My mind is getting more complicated now a days..

Recipe Adapted by Whisk Kid
Designed directed by Azlita Masam Manis
1 ½  cup plain flour / cake flour / all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2  cup butter ~ room temperature
3/4 cup caster sugar
3 egg white ~ room temperature ( size B)
1tsp vanilla essence
3/4 cup fresh milk ~ room temperature

Red, yellow, green, blue GEL food coloring or you may use color paste, it works well for me.

I used Swiss Meringue Buttercream for the topping. Please click here for recipe.

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line 12 white paper cups in your muffin tray.  Standard cupcake size.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Cream the sugar and butter, then add the egg whites (I cracked them all into one bowl) and add them a little at a time, mix till thick and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Then, alternating between wet and dry, add the milk and flour mixture in two parts, mixer has to be in slow mode.
e.g: flour and milk and flour and milk and flour and milk and flour. (Must end with flour)

Divide the batter amongst 4 bowls
 (Add about 1 c each first, Ensuring you weigh all bowls equally.
Tip:  Weigh your mixing bowl before you begin adding ingredients and then subtract the weight of the bowl from the final measurement after the batter is completed. Divide that number by 4 and add that weight of batter to each bowl),

Then whisk a fair amount of the appropriate food color into each bowl. Keep in mind that the color of the unbaked batter will be the color of the baked batter.

Scoop 1 color at a time into the paper liners. You may repeat the colors. For another easier way, place the batters into a piping bag and pipe them out equally. This will be about ¾ full

Pour into the pans and bake for 25 minutes each.

This is what you will get. Gorgeous Rainbow Cupcakes!

And no, no, no.. It's not done yet. I wanted to make a fairy cake remember. I'm sorry that my hands were to busy to take pictures of me slicing the top of the cake, buttercream it and assemble the wings.

Ways to assemble the butterfly

Slice the top of the cupcake till your knife reach the edge of the cupcake liner
Cut the sliced top to half
Pipe your buttercream with which ever design you like. See my picture below. I was experimenting a few flower designs to be on the butterfly.

Then, place the sliced cupcake tops, ( straight part touching the cream ) to shape it like a butterfly.
Pipe a straight line buttercream in between the slice to secure it.
Decorate with shiny dragees of your choice.

And you will get these!

Happy Trying!

Working a lil magic


Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Hi Nura Noor! Thanks for visiting me over on Sweetopia! I found you through my birthday blog post, and I must say, I'm getting reeeally hungry by looking at those scones and love these rainbow cupcakes! Thinking of making an earth day version. Do you have any tips you think I should know?
Thanks so much for visiting me on sweetopia btw. xo

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

Oops, said it twice... I REALLY mean it!! Lol.

Nura Noor said...

Hu Marian,

Thank you for visiting. It's an honour when I've already treat you as my 'Cookie Guru'.

I'm so sorry for the late reply.

There is no tip in baking that I have and you would not know.. :) YOu are that good to me.

That is such a good idea to make an earth day version. I cant wait to see it.

My tip for you - Have a high swirl frosting if you want the butterflies to seem like flying.. I felt that mine was a lil flat.

Happy Making!

Eric Cheng said...

Hello.. is it possible to order ur butterfly rainbow cupcake???