Thursday, October 27, 2011

No chores; Yes cupcakes

I have quite a long list of things to do. Errands, chores, laundry, organizing Kaylee's class's Halloween party, the list goes on and on...

But instead, I decided to bake.

Cupcakes.

Fun, pretty, colorful tie-dyed cupcakes.
(I took my cupcakes to one of my church groups, at Eastminster)

Let's start at the beginning, shall we? 
You'll need vanilla cake batter. Whether it's from scratch or your long lost great aunt Betty Crocker, either is fine! 
I don't own a kitchen aid stand mixer. #poorpoormegan

Divide your batter into separate bowls, depending on how many colors you want to have. Add food coloring. 

And then stir, stir, stir!

Start with just a spoonful of one color in your cupcake tin.

Then add another spoonful of a different color on top. 

And continue adding additional spoonfuls of each color until you've filled the cupcake molds 2/3 full. Don't mix up the colors! You'll end up with yucky brown. And remember, only two-thirds full!

Bake as directed. (For me, I did mini-cupcakes 325 degrees for 17 minutes, and regular cupcakes 350 degrees for 20 minutes.)

And, behold the beauties that come from your oven!


They're so pretty! And I know you hate to cover up the colors, and it's tempting to serve them as is. But everybody knows that a cupcake is no good without frosting!

By the way, I used to always spread frosting with a knife, but that's SO 1990. It's all about the piping! Faster, easier, and prettier!
Just transfer your frosting to a bag (either a legit decorating bag, or a plain ole ziploc with the tip cut off) and squeeze it on. No skill needed, I promise! 

And don't worry, even if you feel like you covered up all the pretty colors, they'll be back on display after just one bite! 

What do YOU usually do when you're procrastinating from doing the things that need done??

17 comments:

  1. These look so delish!!! I like to do ANYTHING but chores!!!

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  2. Clean. Haha! Your cupcakes look awesome!!!

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  3. Those are so fun! I want to eat them alllllll.

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  4. LOVE this!! I've always wondered how to make colorful cupcakes! And rainbow chip frosting is my FAVORITE!

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  5. Those are so pretty! As for procrastinating, I am eating cupcakes. LOL! I am a new follower from Making it With Allie. I am hosting a blog hop at http://www.messforless.net/2011/10/terrific-thursday-blog-hop-week-38.html

    Please come link up your blog and say hi!

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  6. Shut up! So cute! Much easier than those crazy rainbow cakes! Thanks for stopping by Feeding My Temple. I'm your newest follower!

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  7. These are so cute! And now I'm hungry for cupcakes - thanks :)

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  8. LOVE these...they look SO delish!!!! I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend...:)

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  9. When I procrastinate? Isn't it obvious? I'm on Blogger! Ha!

    Megan, these are too cute for words. My Aunt Betty would be so jealous. ;)

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  10. I really wished you lived closer so I could benefit from your procrastination baking :)

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  11. so pretty! And great tip to use the icing bag, I need to start doing that. My frosting always looks terrible

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  12. Those look magnificent! Look at your culinary skills!! (and don't feel too bad I have to use a hand mixer also)

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  13. Pretty cupcakes Megan!! You're right, you've gotta slather them babies with icing!

    PS - I'm an extremley messy baker/cook, don't feel bad!! ;)

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  14. Um I always do my chores first!(SHHHHH dont tell about the mountain of laundry! thats just between us!!!) ok honestly I do anything and everything to put off doing chores until I can no longer put them off.

    CUPCAKES are one of my favortie things to make!

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  15. Hi Megan -- Happy Halloween!

    Thank you for breaking down every step of making these rainbow cupcakes. I've seen pictures of similar ones on Pinterest, and was a bit intimidated at the thought of making them. But your step-by-step breakdown makes it look completely manageable. Now I just need an excuse to make cupcakes...

    xoxo,
    tanja

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  16. I love making these cupcakes with my kiddies...They are so much fun!! Happy Halloween.

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