Vanilla Cupcakes with Rainbow Swirl Icing


So yesterday I attempted swirl icing for the first time on my chocolate cupcakes and said my goal is to eventually be able to do rainbow swirls. Well… I had the whole afternoon free today and was super motivated, so I thought I’d give them a go!

And success!

I wonder how many colors you can actually get into the piping bag… I think I’ll definitely try more next time. The recipe for these easy vanilla cupcakes actually came from my mother, and was possibly the first thing I started baking with. My gosh I made so many vanilla cupcakes haha



For the cupcakes:

125g butter, softened

¾ cup caster sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla essence

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

pinch of salt

2/3 cup milk

For the icing:

250g cream cheese, cold

1/4 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

3-3.5 cups icing sugar, sifted

Food coloring – I used blue, yellow and pink



1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius and line two 12 hole cupcake trays with patty pans. This recipe yields about 16 cupcakes. In a bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until lightly and fluffy.

2. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.

3. Fold in the flour and milk.

4. Fill patty pans and bake for 15 minutes or until golden and a skewer comes out clean.

5. Allow to cool whilst you make the icing. Start by beating the cream cheese and the butter together in a bowl of a mixer. Add the vanilla and beat again. Slowly add the icing sugar until a stiff icing results. Divide the mixture into three smaller bowls. Color each bowl with food coloring. You want vibrant colors!

6. This part is the tricky part – Open the piping bag wide and push one color of icing along one side of the bag. It’s okay if you get tiny bits of icing on the other sides (it will make even more colors), but try your best to keep them separate. Add the second color next to the first one, and repeat with the third color. Pick up the piping bag and slowly squish the icing down to the tip. You might need to do a practice pipe, until you see all the colors come out together first and then pipe onto your cupcakes! Goodluck!



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