Friday, March 16, 2012

Lookin’ for Luck? Then taste a rainbow . . .

But it is going to taste just like a vanilla cupcake.  We love St. Patrick’s Day. We get busy in March planning our Irish feast, making leprechaun traps, culling clovers, and looking for pots o’ gold and rainbows.  Here’s one of our favorite places to find luck . . . in a cupcake.

The Girl and The Boy love these magical cupcakes and every time I make them, people are amazed.  When they ask me how I do it, I like to say it is an ancient Chinese Irish secret. (Any of you remember that commercial about the ring around the collar?) I digress . . .back to the cupcakes. They are really easy to make, I’m usually just too lazy, forgetful busy to explain it. So here goes . . .

You can use a box cake mix or this recipe for Light-as-Air Vanilla Cupcakes
The food coloring specifics come from a recipe from Family Fun Magazine.

Don’t forget to top them with a beautiful whipped cream cloud and maybe a gold-foiled wrapped chocolate coin. Any way you choose to make them-may the Luck of the Irish always be with you!

Rainbow Cupcakes

Prepare your favorite box cake recipe or Light-as-Air Vanilla Cupcakes. Then divide the batter evenly into six small bowls. Dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color using food coloring. See chart below.


18 red drops
12 yellow drops and 4 red drops
12 yellow drops
12 green drops
12 blue drops
9 red drops and 6 blue drops

Preheat oven according to your recipe instructions. Line 16 cupcake pans with baking cups.  

Evenly distribute the batter between among the cups, starting with the purple, then blue, then green and so on.  I use a Tablespoon to get an even amount in each cup.  After each spoonful, gently spread the batter with the back of a spoon to even it out and cover the color underneath.

Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe instructions. Cool and enjoy with a whipped cream cloud!

Source: Family Fun Magazine and leprechaun magic.

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