Last Friday I went to Rewe (a supermarket in Germany) and I bought this colour paste in blue. In comparison this brand is more economic than another one I like.
So far I hadn’t baked anything with the desired colour and I knew there was something wrong…now I know, that was the liquid food colour. (Don’t use them) Spend some money and buy quality, and speaking about money my new colour paste’s brand is amazing and way cheaper than other brands. There is no need in using the whole colour tube as I used to do with the liquid colours; you only need 2 or 3 drops maximum.
The reason I stopped by in the baking aisle was because my husband’s birthday is coming and I want to bake him a carrot cake and cookie monster cupcakes and other colourful cookies!! Yes, we like sweets! :). To my surprise the marzipan carrots were sold out and I discovered the blue food colour and this time in paste. Undoubtedly I grasped it and I put into my basket and with a smile I headed to the queue to pay. I still have to come back for the marzipan carrots and more stuff, but that will be next Friday.
So, after my dentist appointment yesterday I decided I wanted to bake something I had always wanted to make but never had the right food colour type and I did these beauties:
I baked only 12 cupcakes in my cupcake form and my husband and I ate 4 with coffee in the afternoon. They were so fluffy and smooth and I could have eaten 4 only myself. First batch and total success, I will make them again. And I’m already looking for new recipes to bake tomorrow. My cupcakes will be gone by tomorrow…
I haven’t prepared any frosting, so maybe this post could be renamed to colourful small muffins or something. Next time I make them I will prepare a vanilla cheese cream frosting! But I can say that this time I’ve enjoyed them with no topping and they were perfectly soft and delicious!
The recipe is super simple and it is a version of this recipe, but I chose 2 colours pink and blue and left the third one neutral.
Let’s go with the recipe.
-120ml buttermilk (room temperature *)
-115g unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
-156g all purpose flour
-3g baking powder
-1/8 teaspoon baking soda
-1/8 teaspoon salt
-100g white sugar
-2eggs (room temperature)
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 drops of pink and blue food colour in paste
*Don’t you have buttermilk? Don’t worry! You can make it yourself. In a glass pour 120ml of milk and add two teaspoons of lemon juice and stir. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
How to make it:
- Take the butter, buttermilk and eggs 1 hour before you plan to bake. They need to be at room temperature and you cannot cheat by using the microwave.
- In a small recipient toss the sifted flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a larger recipient whisk the butter with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Then add the sugar and repeat for 3 more minutes. Once it is well mixed, add the eggs (one at a time) and mix. Proceed and add the vanilla extract and mix again.
- Start mixing the wet ingredients with the dry ones and mix. Alternate this step by adding the buttermilk at times, and continue with the dry ones until everything is well combined.
- Divide the batter into 3 different bowls and proceed to colour them. I used 2 drops of pink for one bowl and 2 drops of blue for the blue colour. I didn’t colour the third bowl.
- Preheat the oven for at least 10 minutes at 200ºC.
- Prepare your cupcake form with the cupcake liners and with 3 different spoons pour 1 spoon of pure batter, another one of pink and another one of blue. Combine the colours as you like it. Do NOT stir the colours or you won’t have the beautiful contrast. Check here, this is how they looked, I love the 3 colours, it is so girly!!!:
- Take the cupcakes to the oven and lower the temperature to 160ºC. Bake them for 5 minutes with up and down heat and after that time just heat from the bottom of the cupcakes for 4 minutes. Finally change back to up and down heat for 3 more minutes and your cupcakes will be baked. Insert a toothpick to see they are ready. Total time will be 10-13 minutes.
- Allow them to cool down and frost them or eat them without frosting.
I will have some later and I will think about how I can make my palate dance with funny treats!
What could I make next?
xoxo Pink Maple