UPDATE: Ok, I have made these several times now and I can honestly say....FOOLPROOF!! The only changes I have made is to the brightness of the colors based on the request of the client. I LOVE this recipe and so does everyone who tries them. I made them for my Birthday Party the other day and had pictures taken of the most recent batch. The pictures turned out great and I had to share my favorite:
First of all.....I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun this was!!! I was able to talk two teenage boys into mixing, coloring, stirring, layering, and baking these bad boys. And....they did it willingly!! They probably even enjoyed it!
Today we planned to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their family (including my grand-nieces and nephew). When going to someone's house to visit, you should always take a treat. You don't want to show up empty handed. I thought my two adorable nieces would really LOVE these cupcakes with all of their bright colors and the gooey, yummy seven minute frosting! Besides, it is the prerogative of the Aunt (or Grandmother) to feed copious amounts of sugar to all young family members who don't live with them! It is tons of fun to feed someone else's kids sugar and then leave once you have them bouncing off the walls! :)
I do not have a recipe for you today, more of a technique for Rainbow Cupcakes:
Step 1 - Take your favorite white cake recipe (mine is Martha Stewarts) or your favorite white cake mix.
Step 2 - Separate your batter into 5 bowls (more or less, depending upon how many colors you would like to use).
Step 3 - Add food coloring to each of the bowls (I use gel colors and make them super bright)
Step 4 - Spoon a layer of your first color into the bottoms of the cupcake liners, you can spread the layers out with a spoon if you prefer or do as I have and leave the spoonful where it lands. I like the fun look of the colors swirling around.
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1 ½ cups sugar
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water
2 egg whites
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Place all ingredients, except vanilla, in top of a double boiler. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Remove from heat and beat in vanilla.