Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April showers bring..... Rainbow Cupcakes!

Wow! April is almost over, but you know what they say, April showers bring......Rainbows! Ha, I know that is not how it really goes, but I felt that with all the rain people get during the month of April, Rainbow Cupcakes were a perfect fit for this month's recipe/tutorial!

To make this special rainbow on the cupcake, I used a rainbow taffy, in the future I may make a homemade version using melted chocolate, but for know, this is the cutest, easiest way to make your cupcakes looking great! The taffy I used was Air Heads Xtremes - Sweetly Sour, found in the candy aisle of the grocery store. I got the Rainbow Berry flavor. This is just one of the many types of rainbow taffy you can find at your local grocery store, I liked this one because it had more than just the primary colors in it, which gave it more of a "rainbow" effect.
Next, I baked some vanilla cupcakes, but a fun idea would be to dye the batter and make it "rainbow-y" too! Or add some rainbow sprinkles to make it like a fun-fetti cupcake!
Then, I whipped up some vanilla frosting and dyed most of it blue to make it look like the sky! I saved a few spoonful's of the frosting aside to use for the clouds later.

No matter what angle I took the picture at, the blue of the frosting wasn't coming through, but don't worry, my blue frosting was more vibrant than it appears :0)
Next, I frosted the cupcakes with a frosting knife instead of a piping bag to create a flat surface, which made it easier later, when I was going to assemble the rainbows.
Now for the rainbows! I started by cutting the taffy in half to make it smaller and the perfect size ratio for the cupcake.
Then, I placed the left-over white frosting into a sandwich bag with a small tip cut off, about the width of your pinky-nail. Then I piped two "clouds" of frosting at the edges of my cupcake , this will help create the arc of rainbow and keep it in place.
Next, place your rainbow taffy on the insides of the clouds and maneuver your rainbow into place, creating the arc size that you like, if you want the arc taller, move the taffy edges closer, if you want the arc shorter, move the taffy edges farther apart. You'll get the hang of it :0) 

Then, add dollops of frosting on the sides of the cloud to hide where the taffy goes into the frosting, if you give the frosting bag a tight press and push down into the cupcake gently before you release, it will give it a pointy top like in the picture.

Yay! You have completed the Rainbow Cupcake!

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