Girly Pastel Tri-Coloured Swirl Vanilla Cupcakes
Overly girlie, triple coloured swirl vanilla cupcakes. Pastel shades of pink and lilac
with white complimentary colours. Sure to make any princess proud.
When I was younger, I’m talking between 5-15 years old, I was a tom boy. I don’t have any sisters but one brother that’s 2.5 years older than myself. I played with boy toys. I had a boat load of cars, boy helicopters n’ all! Not one Barbie in sight (nor action man! Yes, I was that tom boyish that even an action man was considered a “doll” is our household). I watched F1 racing, rally racing, motorbike racing and even went to a few football games with my dad.
So… what happened? Since when did I get so damn girlie? It must’ve been when the 3 spawns of Satan came along. I’m joking, I love my 3 wonderful mini me’s. And somehow, somewhere, my three wonderful girls are ALL proper girly. We’re not talking a little pink here, more like anything that’s pink, fluffy, unicorns, and over the rainbow-ish, girly. I think somewhere along the line their girlieness spread to me. Now I like anything pink and girly but to even the balance, I still love my motorsport and cars (real ones, yay! not that I have anything flash or fast *reality hits!*)
My girly side must have come out a lot when I decided to make these cupcakes. I was wanting to do a triple coloured cupcake swirl for a few days and I knew straight away it had to be pink, lilac and white. Those colours just compliment each other. I think they do. I even decided to bake them in funky Polka Dot cupcake cases in red and green. I also coloured the cake batter pink, which I suppose you can’t really tell by looking at the photo alone but if you compare the colours with a regular, I guess it can be seen.
I really enjoyed piping these try-coloured cupcakes with the pastel colours. It sent me on a high afterward (but that could just be the sugar rush!) I topped them with a little pearl white lustre dust too which looks invisible in the photos (the sheen on the 2nd photo) but looked beautiful in real life.
The recipe I used was the same as my previous Sugarpaste Hearts Valentine’s Cupcakes as I had some batter remaining that I coloured pink.
Rock on girls!
Triple Coloured Cupcake Swirl Recipe
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Yield: 12 cupcakes
- 150g (5½ oz) butter, softened
- 150g (5½ oz) caster sugar
- 150g (5½ oz) self-raising flour
- 3 medium eggs
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 140°C, 275°F, gas mark 1. Line a tin with 12 cupcake cases.
- Beat the butter and sugar together with the vanilla extract until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs gradually, beating well between each.
- Sift the flour, add to the mixture and mix carefully until just combined.
- Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold gently through with a spatula. Evenly spoon or pipe the mixture into the bases.
- Bake for around 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of one of the cupcakes comes out clean.
- Allow cupcakes to cool thoroughly before decorating. Decorate as desired.
- For the triple coloured buttercream swirl, I made some buttercream, divided into 3, coloured 2 with a teeny bit of red to create the pink, and the same for the lilac with a teeny bit of violet. I then put the frosting on some plastic wrap and rolled it, sealed one end with a knot (repeat for all colours) then put the 3 different coloured wrapped frosting inside an icing/pastry bag and fitted my nozzle and piped away. Voila! Triple colours in one piping bag.
Trying to ram a tall buttercream’d cupcake in my gob and failing, epically!
Clean-up on aisle 5 please.