Rainbow Cupcakes

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two 8" cakes or 24 cupcakes

These are both pretty and colourful! And they taste really good too. You can make them in a proper sized cake pan, or cupcakes.

1 cup
unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups
eggs, room temperature
3 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tbsp.
baking powder
1 tsp.
1 tbsp.
vanilla extract or essence
1 1/4 cup
assorted food colourings

You can make buttermilk at home. Take 1 cup room temperature milk and add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Let this stand for 5-10 minutes and then use accordingly.

Preheat oven to 170C.

Line your cupcake pans with cupcake liners and set aside.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl every few minutes using the whisk attachment or a rubber spatula. This is crucial. Otherwise you're going to be left with chunks of butter in your finished batter. So make sure you cream it well and don't rush! :)

Add eggs one at a time. Making sure each egg is perfectly incorporated before you add another. If you skip too quickly past this stage, you will have a cake that smells of eggs because the bits of egg that aren't fully beaten in will bake separately in the cake and it will be like having scrambled eggs cooking in your cake, eww! So incorporate the eggs whenever you reach this stage for any cake recipe!! Remember to scrape down the sides of the bowl after every few eggs. Add vanilla.

Add flour and buttermilk in three alternative pours, starting and ending with flour. Mix on slow speed and scrape the bowl during the process. I know, it's a pain in the butt. It's worth it. At this stage do NOT over mix, just combine until the batter is incorporated. Over mixing can ruin your cake.

Once everything is well incorporated, use a plastic spatula to fold the batter a few more times to make perfectly sure you've got everything will mix.

Divide the batter between as many bowls as you have colours. Add a few drops of colour to each bowl and mix. Remember, the color your batter looks will be the same colour your cake will be.

Now fill your cupcakes, dropping in a spoonful of each colour one on top of the other until the cups are two-thirds full. Bake in preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when stuck into a cupcake.

Turn the cupcakes over on a rack and let them cool to room temperature before frosting them, or you can leave them plain. You can add colors to your frosting and make it a rainbow frosting as well. :)




hw many grams is 1cup of unsalted butter

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Please refer to this note for my measurement conversions: My Measurements

Can i use margarine insted of unsalted butter

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Yes you can.

how many cup cakes can make??

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Mentioned at the top of the recipe.

Marvelous recipe. Mine turned out just perfect!

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Mix everything gently using a spatula or spoon.

S/Alaykum sis fauzia. Pls wat do u mean by this "Once everything is well incorporated, use a plastic spatula to fold the batter a few more times". I wnt 2 make it 2day pls can u reply nw, tanks.

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Hi, yes that is fine, use it all.

Hi Fauzia ,very nice recipe,can't wait to try it but i have query regarding butter milk,adding lemon juice to milk makes curd ,is it same,and we have to use it whole? water part and curd both?waiting for reply thanks.

hi, isnt buttermilk same as sour milk or maziwa mala?

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Hi, no it is not the same. All three things are different from each other. Maziwa mala is yoghurt by the way. :)

Fauzia all three are cultured milk products however maziwa mala can be used where a recipe calls for buttermilk. I always use maziwa mala as opposed to making homemade buttermilk (adding lemon juice to milk) which funny enough is how people in Kenya make maziwa mala at home and my cakes come out great. Yoghurt that is made in Kenya is much more thicker than maziwa mala whose consistency is more of a buttermilk nature. The same way one can be substitute margarine for unsalted butter so can one use maziwa mala when the recipe calls for buttermilk in my humble opinion.

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Thanks Malkia, that is very helpful! :)

What if I use oil instead of butter but how much gram, and instead of butter milk can I use the plain milk?

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Do not use oil for this recipe. And yes you can use plain milk.

Salaams Fauzia,
Looking tempting!! Just wanted to know if we can add the nutella to these cup cakes as how its done in the recipe "Self-Frosting Nutella Cupcakes".

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W/Salaam, yes you can.