Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rainbow Swirl Frosted Cupcakes

Fit for a princess.

Not too long ago my sweet (and salty) little girl had her second birthday.  I love my daughter to the moon and back and am so thankful that she is part of our family.  She definitely keeps us on our toes! Noe despite the fact she is a bit of a bully and beats on her older brother on a daily basis, she is quite a dainty little girls and loves all things pink and or princess related.  For her birthday I made her these special cupcakes.   I made my go-to chocolate and vanilla cupcake recipes and topped them with my favorite vanilla frosting.  The kids (and adults) loved them!

To achieve the swirled rainbow look:  Dip a toothpick in food coloring of your choice and slowly drag the toothpick along the inside of your piping bag to create a long red line.  Repeat until you have 4-6 lines of varied colors.  Carefully add the frosting into the piping bag trying to not disturb the lines too much.  Pipe normally.

Sugar Cookie Cupcakes
recipe by Baked Perfection 

makes approximately 24-30 cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups sour cream

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla; mix well. Add the flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream (batter will be thick). Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups with 1/4 cup of batter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Recipe makes approximately 30 cupcakes.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes recipe slightly adapted from

Makes 24 cupcakes

1 package chocolate cake mix
1 package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 tablespoon instant espresso dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water
2 cups chocolate chips (dark chocolate or semi-sweet), dusted in 1 tablespoon flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mix, sour cream, oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso dissolved in water.  Gently stir in the chocolate chips

Bake for 20 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Very Vanilla Frosting
recipe by Baked Perfection

makes frosting for 24-30 cupcakes

2 sticks of butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 -4 tablespoons milk

Beat butter and vanilla until creamy. Add salt. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time, beating until combined. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach desired consistency.

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