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rainbow (or neopolitan) cupcakes

Recipe by
JR Mattsen

Made these with a group of primary school children. They really enjoyed creating the colours but don't let them mix too much at that stage or the cupcakes loose their light texture. Option : Leave out the colourings & make lemon cupcakes by adding grated lemon zest & topping with lemon icing.

yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For rainbow (or neopolitan) cupcakes

  • 1 c
    white sugar
  • 113 g
  • 2
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c
    flour (then take 2 tablespoons out)
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 3/4 tsp
    baking powder
  • 3/4 c
  • 1 tsp
    white vinegar

How To Make rainbow (or neopolitan) cupcakes

  • 1
    Preheat over to 180 C & line muffin pans with paper liners. Mix the cup of milk & teaspoon of vinegar together & set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. This needs to be beaten really well.. 6-8 minutes.. until really creamy Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well again for about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla
  • 2
    Sift flour, cornflour, salt and baking powder together. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture alternately with milk (a bit of flour, a bit of milk, a bit of flour, a bit of milk..) mix well. Stir until batter is smooth. Divide batter into 4 or more equal portions in separate bowls. Colour each a different colour with food colouring &/or cocoa.
  • 3
    Spoon mix into the prepared pan/cases, putting one teaspoonful of each colour per case. Start with one colour & do all 12 then add next colour, etc. Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until cupcakes spring back to the touch. Ice tops & decorate as desired

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