Sunday, April 19, 2009

Rainbow Cupcakes!

My daughter is a cupcake baker extraordinaire. She bakes her cupcakes from scratch, and makes the icing from scratch, too. She trolls the internet for interesting sounding recipes, and tries them out, making them several times over the course of a few weeks until she's satisfied with how they come out. Then she adds the recipe to her recipe book and takes close up photos of the results for her records.

The cupcake above, which she was making for the second time, is a rainbow cupcake with blue buttercream icing. She made it to welcome her brother back home, but he was too jetlagged and sleepy to whoop about them last night. He made up for it at breakfast this morning, raving about them and interviewing her about how she gets the rainbow effect. Overhearing them, I gathered that she separates the batter into six portions, colors each portion (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple), then pours a portion of each color into each cupcake paper. The icing this time was blue, last time it was pink. The cake was light and crumbly and delicious. Success!

My girl sometimes says she wants to be a baker and a food photographer. She got into cupcakes because when she would make cakes, her family would devour them too quickly. She decided single serving portions was the way to go. My son says he'll finance her bakery as long as he can forever get her cupcakes for free. He even boasts about her cupcakes to his friends at school (which I find touching). One of them began calling daily to find out if his sister was baking that day. On the day he found that she was, he said, "I'll be right over!"

My personal favorite recipe of hers is key lime coconut cupcakes with vanilla icing. Never tasted anything like it.


  1. This child doesn't need any graduate degree program to teach her how to do research - she's got that covered already!

    When we ever get around to visiting you, I want those heavenly-sounding, key lime coconut cupcakes!

    Glad you're feeling better :) :)

  2. It's great to have a baker in the house. I have one son who does cheesecake.

    Now no one remembers that I taught him how. They just want HIM to make the cheesecake.

    Which means I don't have to mess with it anymore.

    Sneaky, aren't I?

  3. Whoop! Whoop! This are magnificent! I bake and would love to be able to make these. Very cool and right on time for Pride season. :)

  4. Deborah-- your comment about research betrays your pure science background. You're a Renaissance woman!

    Mother--sneaky indeed. No need to take a page from your book, though, since no one in my circle ever asks me to bake them anything! My daughter gets this love of kitchen arts from her dad. Thanks for stopping by.

    Rhonda--my girl now wants to start a home cupcake business for birthday parties, dinner parties and yes, pride events as well! She working on her flyer...

  5. Those are bee-uuu-tee-ful!

    Has your daughter discovered the site: ?

    I'm addicted to it.

  6. Lilaphase-I will certainly tell her know about it. Thanks!

  7. She's making them for my birthday!

  8. My girl, Tam, referred me to your blog and this post. I, too, love to bake cupcakes and can't wait to try out these incredible rainbow creations! Yesterday, I baked a wonderful red velvet cupcake with a rose-colored buttercream icing. This batch is for a group of students I've been working with over the last 10 weeks. Tomorrow's our last session and I just wanted to do something a little special for them.

  9. Lucky students! Your red velvet cupcakes sound dee-licious. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Beautiful!!!
    I still don't get how she does it,
    but I would settle for a taste!
    Peace to All.

  11. Leslie, and a taste you shall have!

  12. Oh they look perfectly wonderful. I wonder where the recipe is?