Friday, August 12, 2011

Recipe Friday - Rainbow Cupcakes

In keeping with the rainbow theme for Ladybug's birthday this year, I took rainbow cupcakes to school for her after lunch.

So how exactly do you make a rainbow cupcake? Easy!

Divide your cake batter into thirds and then color one third blue, another third yellow and the last third red. Spoon about a tablespoon of each color into the cups and bake as normal.

Ladybug says that they taste great but next year I think I'll just fill the cupcake liners with frosting - almost none of the kids in her class at the cake!

Now for the easiest and tastiest buttercream frosting:

Buttercream Frosting

2 cups butter or shortening or 1 cup of each*

1 tsp salt

2 tsp flavoring of your choice

1 cup water

3-4 pounds of powdered sugar

Cream butter/shortening, salt and flavoring until very smooth. Add sugar and water alternately. Once everything is incorporated beat on medium speed for 8 minutes. Frosting will be very soft at this point. Let chill for 10 minutes before using.

*Note - frosting will hold up better outside of the refrigerator if there is more shortening than butter but will taste better with more butter. Please balance your priorities accordingly.

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