Recipes: Non-Vegetarian/ Recipes: Sweets

Rainbow Cupcakes

Growing up, I remember spending most of my vacation time in the summers pouring over mouth-wateringly tempting photographs of intricately designed cakes, cookies and other baked goodies, while stuffing my face equally delicious treats like these Rainbow Cupcakes. My mom had (or must I say, still does) this tendency to pick up wonderfully photographed cookbooks cramped with an even more delicious assortment of recipes. It’s no wonder where I’ve caught the bug from.

Recipe for Rainbow Cupcakes taken from www.hookedonheat.com. Visit site for detailed recipe.

One look at the many overstocked shelves throughout my home will give you a slight idea of my fixation to them. Heck, who am I kidding! I have cookbooks peeping out from my pantry shelves, kitchen cabinets, on top of the fridge, and not to mention a few prized possessions that I deem only fit to snuggle on my bedside table. Yes, it’s shameful I know. I’m addicted. Hi, I’m Meena, and I’m a cookbook addict. There, I said it. Now hopefully, we can all get on with our very normal or some not-so-normal lives!


Coming back to my Mom. I must say her favourites to collect included books on baking. And unlike me, who mostly drool over pages and pages of food talk, she actually dons her apron and puts those words into action. It’s no surprise then to point out that she bakes some of the best cakes I know. And not one to let Mr. Opportunity walk past my door without so much as grabbing him with both arms and giving him a tight hug, I decided to learn a few tricks from her while she’s here visiting me. And that’s how we got to baking these Rainbow Cupcakes – her speciality!

It’s been good so far. The food comes out from the kitchen faster than I can request them, and I find myself ravishing every spoonful with such passion. But the baking, oh the baking! I always thought of myself as not-a-baker. But she’s adamant on making me one. She’s even intent on getting me my very own stand mixer. So now I’ll have no excuse for not trying out those wonderful holiday cookie recipes I set aside since two years ago.

What can I say? I caved. And I’m adamant to succeed.

Rainbow Cupcakes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 24 cupcakes
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp condensed milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 3-4 drops food colouring each for red, green and yellow

Instructions

  • Beat butter and sugar till well incorporated. Add in eggs one at a time while continuing to beat the batter lightly.
  • Fold in the flour a little at a time, till the batter is well mixed. Add in baking powder, condensed milk and vanilla essence.
  • Divide he batter into three separate bowls of equal measure. Add a different food colouring to each bowl.
  • Layer the cake batters one colour at a time on greased muffin cups. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 mins or till done.

If you like these Rainbow Cupcakes, then you’ll surely enjoy my Raspberry Yogurt Muffins.

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34 Comments

  • Reply
    guneet
    May 20, 2008

    5 stars
    hey………de r just lukin damm tempting……d colour is too good………but I have a question can v make it eggless if yes….what will be d changes???

    Sorry Guneet, I have no idea how to alter this recipe without the use of eggs.

  • Reply
    Food for Bliss
    April 28, 2008

    5 stars
    Looks tempting and beautiful. – Priya.

  • Reply
    Heena
    February 23, 2008

    5 stars
    Hi Meenakshi, your cupcakes look very pretty. I am going to try them over a weekend. By the way, I have been reading your blog for a while and your writing and recipes are really good. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Annie
    November 21, 2007

    5 stars
    Simply Stunning!I just want to stare at the picture all day long! It looks sooooo good!

  • Reply
    lemongrass
    September 23, 2007

    Looks yummy!!

  • Reply
    Rose
    August 22, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi,

    Love to cook – can not bake to save my life – hence my question – your recipe says to bake until done – how long do they need to be in the oven?

    Going to try these this weekend, they look great!!

    Hi Rose, I edited the recipe to add in the time it usually takes to cook for me. Depending on the kind of oven you’re using, the time may vary. A simple way to check if the cakes are done is simply to prick it in the middle with a wooden skewer or tooth-pick. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked through. If not, give it a few more minutes. Hope this helps. I’d love to hear how it went when you try it.

  • Reply
    Rimpi
    July 22, 2007

    5 stars
    Meena…this looks great… I am def going to try it out πŸ™‚

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    Anonymous
    July 21, 2007

    5 stars
    I made them today and they came out really good. I’ve tried with regular suagr and it didn’t came out foamy after repeated beating so i used it to make some sugar cookies and went ahead and followed your recipe with confectionery sugar. Thanks for sharing this simple yet yummy cupcake reicpe.

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    Anonymous
    July 20, 2007

    5 stars
    Hi,

    Aww.. they look gorgeous. I wanna bake them for a party I am having this weekend, but I have a couple of questions – is it the regular sugar or the confectionery sugar and I’ve heard that we have to fill the cups halfway long to allow the cake to rise properly is this true?? please clarify.. thanks

    I’ve used regular sugar in this recipe. As for filling the muffin tins, I like to go 3/4th of the way through so that I get a nice raised top. Hope this helps, let me know how it went! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    tastegoblet
    July 20, 2007

    5 stars
    these are so so pretty! I love the colors…

  • Reply
    Julie O'Hara
    July 18, 2007

    5 stars
    Those are so pretty! I was expecting some exotic ingredients, but they are probably all the better for their simplicity. Get the stand mixer…just give in…you know you want to:)

    I don’t use mine constantly, but it does make some baking tasks incredibly pleasant. And you’ll feel like quite a pro.

    Julie

  • Reply
    tara bethune-leamen
    July 18, 2007

    5 stars
    I come from a family of cookbook addicts. I’m sure I will be one too someday.

  • Reply
    Ani
    July 17, 2007

    5 stars
    I took am a cookbook addict!

    These look great. I can’t wait to try them and take them into work. They look like perfect summertime treats. πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    meeso
    July 16, 2007

    5 stars
    Cookbooks are fun…even if I don’t cook anything out of them, I love to read them and look at the pictures…I think I’ve checked out every cookbook they have at our library…I thought I was alone, guess not πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Kitchen Chick
    July 15, 2007

    5 stars
    I love the colours! I think they’d make fun birthday cupcakes, maybe topped with a buttercream frosting and sprinkled with edible glitter.

  • Reply
    Teena in Toronto
    July 14, 2007

    5 stars
    Those are amazing looking muffins!

  • Reply
    vanillasushi
    July 14, 2007

    5 stars
    Oh and I’m a cookbook addict too!!!! ESPECIALLY when it comes to cookbooks on cupcakes.

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    vanillasushi
    July 14, 2007

    5 stars
    I can’t believe I have never ever thought of adding food colour to cake before!! Pink cupcakes here I come!!!!!!

  • Reply
    JennDZ - The Leftover Queen
    July 13, 2007

    5 stars
    These are quite beautiful! I have to say there are MUCH worse addictions! πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    Hilda
    July 13, 2007

    5 stars
    They look very fun. I’m much more a baker than a cook, and am working on putting up recipes that are cooked and not baked. It’s an effort, but well worth it. And I bet you’re a great baker, you just have to let yourself get into it.. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply
    Steamy Kitchen
    July 13, 2007

    5 stars
    oh, you silly girl! one day you might even be working with fondant!!

  • Reply
    Srivalli
    July 13, 2007

    5 stars
    They look so pretty…lovely ones…thanks for sharing..

    Srivalli

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    Cinnamon
    July 13, 2007

    5 stars
    What an awesome picture… And they look yummy too… Now I am craving for some cake πŸ™‚

  • Reply
    bhags
    July 13, 2007

    5 stars
    I had been thinking of baking a cake since don’t know when, but was too lethargic for that….but after seeing these beautiful creations, I think I also need to put my whisk and spoon into action….thanks!

  • Reply
    Cynthia
    July 12, 2007

    5 stars
    Oooooh mama made you caved! πŸ™‚ so we are looking forward to all the other creations!

  • Reply
    Manasi
    July 12, 2007

    Oh how Pretty!!! looks wonderful!!!

  • Reply
    Suganya
    July 12, 2007

    First thought: Marbled cupcakes. Looks moist and pretty πŸ™‚ Its ok to cave in once a while Meena.

  • Reply
    Deepa
    July 12, 2007

    5 stars
    Awesome cupcakes ..too good ….i really love this ….

  • Reply
    Planethalder
    July 12, 2007

    So pretty!

  • Reply
    Gini
    July 12, 2007

    Gorgeous colors.

  • Reply
    Jyothsna
    July 12, 2007

    5 stars
    Thats cool!! I have to get into action n bake a cake now!

  • Reply
    Nupur
    July 12, 2007

    5 stars
    Pretty pretty! These sort of rainbow cakes used to be my birthday cakes as a kid. Brings back memories. Now I sometimes make my parents’ “random marbled cake” with vanilla and chocolate batter. Can’t bring myself to use food colors any more πŸ™‚

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    Sara
    July 12, 2007

    5 stars
    Those are so pretty! I will be giving this a try. Let me know if you find a support group for cookbook addicts, I am one too.

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    Mae
    July 12, 2007

    5 stars
    What a beautiful and colourful cake, Meena! Your mum is such a sweetheart, cooking all your favourite things. πŸ™‚

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