Thursday, March 8, 2012

Rainbow Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner! Leprechauns, clover, anything green, everything Irish, and pots of gold at the end of rainbows come to mind this time of year. ...Oh, and green beers and Genius of course.

When brainstorming for a festive recipe I thought to myself...

     Have I shared a touch of Irish? 
     Yup!

Check out my sister Crystal's GREAT Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe posted here.

     Have I shared something... 
     Easy? Healthy? Green? 
     Check! Check! Check!

I recently posted these adorable, easy, and healthy Pepper Ring Egg - 4-Leaf Clovers here!

Leprechauns, beer, and pots of gold at the end of rainbows had not yet been covered.
I decided to tackle the "pots of gold at the end of rainbows" theme. What could possibly fit this theme better than Rainbow Cupcakes with a gold coin on top?!?!

Rainbow Cupcakes are fun for so many reasons! Kids love these!!! Heck, who am I kidding? ...Adults love these too! Like a child doing a science experiment, I was filled with excitement from the moment I starting mixing. My excitement only grew when they came out of the oven. I impatiently let them cool. When I finally got the chance to bite into one I went WiLd!!! I was hopping around the living room like a leprechaun with a caffeine IV attached to it! Words such as ...Holy Smokes! WOW! Dan look! Dan look! Dan loooooooook!!!! ...were used. Bursting with excitement over the brilliant colors, I forced Mr. Carpenter to take a picture of me grinning ear to ear with my half eaten Rainbow Cupcake. (P.S. This little jacked up leprechaun story stays between you and me. It may embarrass Dan if it gets out that his wife is such a food nut, going crazy over a silly cupcake).

These Rainbow Cupcakes screeeeeam "Fun Mom"! Whether you make them for a surprise or turn this into a kids project you are sure to put smiles on faces young and old.

Seriously.....
...Who doesn't love rainbows...
...Aren't rainbows and smiles made in the same factory?...
...Pretty sure they are.

This year Mr. Dan Carpenter and I are hoping to bring smiles and rainbows to a few children at our local Children's Hospital with a St. Patty's Day project. I am hoping I can work these Rainbow Cupcakes into the project somehow. How fun would that be!?





Rainbow Cupcakes
Idea found at Disney Family Fun

Ingredients
Cake Mix - white or yellow
Eggs, oil, water - according to cake box directions
Frosting of choice - 1 container or make your own
Baking Spray

Supplies
Cupcake Papers
Sandwich size Ziploc bag
Scissors
7 bowls
7 spoons
Small ladle
Gold foil covered chocolate coins

Directions 
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Mix up cake according to directions on the box, minus 1 or 2 tablespoons of the water.
-Set out all 7 bowls
-Using the small ladle, scoop batter evenly amongst the 7 bowls
-Next drop food coloring into each bowl. Blue for blue, red for red, etc.
 
     FYI- Rainbow is ROYGBIV. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
             See color wheel posted below if you haven't mixed colors since 1st grade.

-Mix batter and dye together with spoons. Each bowl should have its own spoon.
-Adjust color as needed by adding more dye. Remember you can always add more dye to enhance color but you can't take it away if you over do it.
 
      FYI- Color darkens a bit in the baking process as well.

-If using baking cup, place them in the cupcake tin and lightly spray with baking spray.
-Next you will put the batter in the cups. I like working backwards in the ROYGBIV so that red is on top and purple is on the bottom.
-Start with your first color by scooping 1 tablespoon of purple batter into the center of each cup. Follow with 1 tablespoon of indigo on top of the purple. Continue in 1 tablespoon measurements with the remaining colors. Layering them one by one until red is last.
 
      FYI- Do not attempt to spread each color. This will make the colors much together.
               Just blob it in the center, one on top of the other. It will spread out naturally to
               the edges. 

-Cups will be about 2/3 or 3/4 full.
-Pop in the oven for 17-20 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched.
-Remove from oven and carefully remove from pan.
-Cool on wire rack.
-To frost, spoon frosting in a Ziploc bag.
-About 1/2 an inch in from a bottom corner, use a scissors to cut the corner tip off.
-With the bag sealed and then twisted like a icing bag, squeeze the frosting out of the corner hole on to the cupcake top in a circular motion.
-Top with a gold foiled chocolate coin:)

There you are folks! Rainbow Cupcakes just in time for St. Patty's Day!


Color Wheel found on www.artsconnected.org


 This picture idea I borrowed from my friend Christy. Why? Because she rocks and I thought it was a sweet idea. It looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book doesn't it? I name this picture......"Beautiful Mess"

Christy took a pic like this a long time ago of her batter bowls when she made Double Rainbow Pancakes. See her pic along with her recipe for the pancakes here.

Beautiful Mess


 This was the poor cupcake that the jacked-up Leprechaun got a hold of.
Man I was excited!!


To prove to you how easy this is and what a great kids project this can be, here is a video with great instructions! I found this on YouTube. There were lots of videos, but these girls out of Manhattan's Taste Buds Kids Kitchen were by far the best! Enjoy!

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