Multi Colored Cupcake Recipe
Today’s Mouthwatering Monday recipe is a Multi Colored Cupcake Recipe. Technically it is not exactly a recipe because I used a boxed cake mix but I promise your guests will love it. Kids are so surprised and pleased when they bite into a cupcake and see the colors inside.
Follow your box instructions. I used the Duncan Hines French Vanilla Boxed cake mix because it tastes wonderful and because it has a beautifully white batter that holds the food coloring well and the white stays white when baking. This is important because I am making red, white and blue Cupcakes.
This mix calls for eggs, oil and water. I usually add a little extra vanilla to boxed mixed but this one is delicious and does not need it. A basic white cake may need that extra punch of flavor.
You will need:
Food coloring – I like gel food coloring the best, but I had liquid on hand and did not want to go to the store just for gel food coloring.
Cup cake liners
large spoon to layer the batter.
Follow Cake mix instructions and mix batter. Separate the batter into bowls. You will need a bowl for each color. I need 3 colors so I used 3 bowls.
Add your food coloring. I kept one batter with out food coloring for the white and added coloring to two of the bowls.
Mix the color well start with a little food or gel color and work your way up to the color intensity you want. You can always add color but you can not take it away. Powder Food coloring tends to have the most intense pigmentation.Powder is a little more expensive than your basic food coloring.
Remember that you need to have a while base to get vibrant colors. A yellow cake mic will not color well and will change the color of the die. For example the blue food coloring will look green once mixed with a yellow or butter batter. Red will have an orange tint.
Layer your colors. I started with a large table spoon of the red. You can mix and match your cupcakes by alternating colors. Make each row start with a different color base layer and go from there.
White is my second layer. I did not want to potentially have a purple stripe in my cupcakes so I used the white as a buffer between the colors.
I topped the cupcakes with the blue batter. As I said before It is up to you how you want to order the colors. if you want a tie dyed effect swirl a tooth pick through the batter once all layers are complete. Don’t swirl to much or you will blend the colors and have brown or gray cupcakes. I like the spoon in method because the designs are all a little different but the color stripes are still well defined.
Bake according to package instructions, Mine was 350* for 18 minutes. Remember oven temperatures and times vary. Let the cupcakes cool fully before frosting.
As you can see the colors are still layered but the specific design of each cupcake is different.
Frost the cupcakes and eat. Next week I will give you a yummy buttercream frosting recipe and show you how to make and pipe multi colored frosting.
Do you have a favorite boxed cupcake mix? Do you do anything to dress it up or make it taste more homemade?
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