Inspired by my friend Lisa's rainbow cupcakes on her Cakealot baking blog which looked so cute, I felt the need to give something similar a go.
Of course there could be only one colour combination to try them with this week, so mine became Jubilee mini cupcakes layered with red, white and blue. They were a little time consuming getting the layers right but once you get into the groove of it they were pretty easy. I'm pleased with how they came out, give them a go this weekend for your Jubilee celebrations!
I used a basic fairy cake recipe:
100g butter (softened)
100g caster sugar
100g self-raising flour
Few drops of vanilla essence (optional)
Red / Blue food colouring
Basically blitz all the ingredients together (hold back on the colouring). I would suggest creaming the butter and sugar together first, beat in the eggs and vanilla essence if you're using, then fold in the flour.
Once you have a smooth mixture, divide as equally as you can into 3 pots. Add colouring to 2 of your pots and mix thoroughly so the colour is even.
Line your mini cupcake tin with cases or grease the tin if not using cases. Then start layering your colours in. I chose red for top, then white in middle and blue on the bottom. The key here basically when layering the coloured batter is to make sure each layer is spread evenly to cover each layer. That way when it is baked you will see clear layers. Once I had spooned in each layer I used the thin end of a teaspoon to carefully drag out the batter to the edges of your case.
Thats' it, put in your oven, my oven is a fan oven so I put them in on 160 for about 12-14 minutes until they spring back when you touch them to test. If you're making full size fairy cakes, you'll probably need to cook for maybe 5 minutes longer. My recipe here made 20 mini cupcakes. They came out great, big wow factor for a special occasion!
If you're maybe thinking about trying some biscuits for your Jubilee celebrations instead or as well, check out Lisa's Jubilee biscuits - very cute.