Easter "Dyed" Cupcakes

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Easter "Dyed" Cupcakes
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Coloring eggs for Easter can be so much fun! For me, the prettiest eggs are the ones with a blended rainbow of colors -- almost as if they've been tie-dyed!

So, I wondered, why not color our Easter treats the same way? With a rainbow of tie-dyed colors?

They turned out so pretty, I just had to share them with you!

If you and your kids are ready to "dye" your cupcakes, here's how to make your own!

What you'll need

  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • Food coloring in each color of your choice (I used blue, green, purple, and yellow)
  • Frosting: 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • Frosting: 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • Frosting: 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Frosting: 1 tablespoon Milk

How to make it

  1. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together, until fluffy.

  3. Mix in eggs, one at a time.

  4. Add vanilla extract, mixing well.

  5. Add about one-third of the flour/baking soda/salt, mixing until blended.

  6. Add about half of the milk, and mix well.

  7. Continue, adding the flour mixture and milk alternately, until the batter is complete.

  8. Divide batter into separate, small bowls (or cups) -- one for each color.

  9. Add coloring to each bowl of batter, and mix well. I used blue, green, purple, and yellow.

  10. Prepare a pan with cupcake liners, and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  11. Add a tablespoon or so of the different colors of batter to each cupcake liner. (You may want to blend them a little but don't stir them up!)

  12. Bake for 16-18 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

  13. While they cook, prepare your tie-dyed buttercream frosting.

  14. Cream butter and about a 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar.

  15. Mix in vanilla and milk.

  16. Continue adding powdered sugar until you reach a good consistency -- soft, but firm enough to keep its shape.

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    Again, separate your frosting into different bowls or cups, and mix each bowl with different colors of food coloring.

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    Add alternating scoops of each color of frosting into a piping bag.

  19. Pipe thick swirls of frosting onto each of your cupcakes.

  20. Voila! Enjoy your rainbow tie-dyed cupcakes!

    Makes 12 colorful cupcakes.

    Photo credit: Catch My Party.

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