Cupcakes that are half-full of surprises!
I decided to make some cupcakes for my friends and my Thursday night get together: CHOWDER night! :D Add to that, that my boyfriend and I are going to end up missing one of our best friends 18th birthday because we'll be away [>__>], I made some pink cupcakes just for her! :)
Chowder cupcakes were purple on the bottom and white/vanilla on top with purple frosting and dark purple sprinkles.
Nicole cupcakes were pink on the bottom and white/vanilla on top with pink icing and hot pink sprinkles.
Left over cupcakes were plain [no food coloring] vanilla and were topped with vanilla frosting. :)
Preheat your oven to 350 and line your cupcake trays with your choice of paper liners.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Add your shortening or butter, milk and vanilla to the dry ingredients and blend for one minute on medium speed or until well mixed.
Add your eggs to the mixture.
Blend for one minute on medium speed or until well mixed.
Divide mixture evenly between two or three bowls.
2 bowls if you're just doing one half&half color & regular cupcakes
3 if you're doing 2 different colors plus your regular cupcake
Using food coloring, mix one color in one bowl and another color in the next. Leave your last bowl plain.
Depending on how you want your cupcakes, spoon your batter into the liners. If you want the color on the bottom, like I did, start with spooning in the colored batter first.
If you want it in the middle, spoon plain, then colored, then plain again and so on and so forth depending on how you want them to look.
*MAKE SURE EACH LAYER IS EVENLY COVERING THE LINING OR THE LAYER BENEATH IT SO YOU DON'T GET COLORED SPOTS AT THE TOP AFTER BAKING*
Only fill each cupcake liner about 1/2 way full or, at the most, 2/3 full. These babies rise like the dead!
Bake for 15-25 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean.
It usually only takes about 15-20 minutes for me but the more batter you have each cup the longer it's going to take for them to cook all the way through.
Pull your cupcakes out and let them cool on a wire rack or your stove top.
Remove them when they're just barely warm to the touch and arrange them as you like to frost them.
Frost when ready and eat your hearts out! :D