Rainbow Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

2010 May 16
by linda

I went to shop on Tuesday morning to buy some ready made bottled custard, just in case mine wasn’t turned out as I expected. I was intended to make choux pastry (also known as Kue Sus in Indonesia) for my boy afternoon tea gathering in his kindy. Having no experience in making choux pastry before plus I was kind of in a hurry since the party was at 2 PM and it was 11 AM already, I messed up the whole two batches of choux pastry. The mixture was just too runny. I tried to rescue them by adding extra plain flour, but still I had no luck. I tried to bake them anyway, and they were flat like a pancake. Later I discovered, I added the eggs too soon to the hot mixture. Gosh what an effort, went to the supermarket for bottled custard which I didn’t use anyway.

I started to panic since I haven’t really think of plan B. I started surfing the web and was thinking that cupcake would be a brilliant idea since it was easy to make and I had a very small little tiny chance of getting failed. So, there you go, I decided to make rainbow cupcakes which are just perfect for kids.

That was my first gathering at my toddler’s kindy and I had no idea what the kindy expects mums to bring and what other mums usually bring to this kind of gathering. Little that I know of, other mums just brought ready packed chips, grapes, fruits, crackers, ready packed cakes from grocery stores (no offense to other mums, maybe I just love getting my kitchen busy and steamy). I realized that all my panicking was for nothing. Anyway, if there is another similar gathering, I will still doing the same thing, making a home-made stuff.

Rainbow Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

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Ingredients for Orange Cupcakes

Recipe adapted from http://iheartcuppycakes.com/2009/04/12/taste-the-rainbow/

  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (I use 200 gr instead)
  • 12 tbsp/1 1/2 stick butter, room temperature (I use 170 gr of butter)
  • 2 large eggs + 2 egg whites, room temperatue
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Ingredients for Lemon Cello Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe adapted from http://www.mytartelette.com/2009/07/recipe-meyer-lemon-limoncello-cupcakes.html

  • 60 gr unsalted butter, at room temperature (I use reduced salt butter)
  • 120 gr cream cheese, at room temperature (I use Philadelphia)
  • 1 tbsp lemon cello (I used 1/2 tbsp orange essence)
  • 1 cup icing sugar (I used 1/3 cup )

Instructions for Orange Cupcake

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line cupcake with paper liners.
  2. In large bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until well combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add eggs and egg whites, one at the time, beating on low.
  5. Add vanilla extract.
  6. Gradually add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk in 2 additions, ending with the flour mixture.
  7. Divide the batter into 6 different bowls. Add food colouring per bowl and mix to combine until you get the vibrant colour you want.
  8. Add batter colour by colour, about 1 tbsp of each colour until all the colours fill the cupcake liner about 2/3 full.
  9. Bake about 17-20 minutes or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.
  10. Let the cupcake cool completely before frosting.

Instructions for Lemon Cello Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Using a stand up mixer or a hand held one, beat the butter and cream cheese for 2-3 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Add the orange essence and beat them again for about 1 minutes.
  3. Add icing sugar little by little on slow speed.
  4. Frost the cupcake.

Preparation time (duration): 45

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4 Responses leave one →
  1. 2010 June 28

    yum! those look great. i just love rainbow cupcakes and the kids love them too. i made them once for a daycare I was working at and got the kids to help – it was messy but they loved it! and they look so impressive. orange cream cheese also sounds delicious, i’ll have to try it! :)

    • 2010 June 28
      linda permalink

      Yeah I really love the frosting. Try them, they are much better than the usual buttercream frosting.

  2. 2011 May 14
    melani permalink

    I really love your recipes, they are easy to follow! I’m still a newbie in cooking and baking so your blog is very helpful to me. Bookmarked this!


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