Rainbow of cupcakes

Andrew Nutter's dainty mouthfuls of orange-scented cake smeared with coloured glace icing make the perfect a light conclusion to lunch View more cupcake recipes
By Andrew Nutter
Rainbow of cupcakes
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  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 125 g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 g self-raising flour
  • 1 orange, finely grated zest only
  • 3 tbsp milk

To decorate

  • 100 g icing sugar, sieved
  • 1 tbsp water
  • edible food colouring
  • edible glitter


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, then mix in the flour, orange zest and milk in turn to give a smooth batter.

3. Spoon the batter into baby petit four cases, place in a small muffin tin, and bake for approximately 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

4. Mix sieved icing sugar with water in a basin and beat until smooth.

5. Divide the icing among individual small bowls and add a drop or two of food colouring to each to create icing in all the colours of the rainbow. Spread the icing over the top of the cooled cupcakes.

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