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How to make The Australian Women’s Weekly Barbie rainbow cupcakes

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In one of the cooler collaborations of 2018 — even if we do say so ourselves — The Australian Women’s Weekly has joined forces with Barbie to create The Australian Women’s Weekly Barbie Cookbook.

With recipes by the award-winning pastry chef Anna Polyviou road-tested in The Weekly’s Test Kitchen, with the help of Anna’s Junior Executive Chef Lola, there is something for all budding chefs to try at home. From eye-catching sweet treats to healthy after-school snacks, these delicious triple-tested recipes are sure to please the kids. (And the big kids!).

So what are you waiting for? Get the kids in the kitchen and give them a whirl now. Here’s a sneak-peek of one of our favourite recipes from the book…

Anna’s rainbow cupcakes




For the cakes:

  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour

  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 100g butter, softened

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk

  • 2 eggs

  • ½ cup (125ml) vegetable oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste

  • 2 teaspoons each pink, purple, yellow and green food colouring

  • 1 teaspoon blue food colouring

  • ½ cup (90g) coloured sprinkles

For the bubblegum buttercream:

  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar

  • ¼ cup (60ml) water

  • 3 egg whites

  • 250g unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 teaspoons bubblegum essence

  • 1 teaspoon each pink, purple, yellow and green food colouring

  • 1/2 teaspoon blue food colouring


For the cakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a 12 hole (⅓-cup/80ml) muffin pan with paper cases.

  2. Place flour, sugar, pinch of salt and baking powder in a large bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add butter; beat on low speed until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

  3. Whisk milk, eggs, oil and Vanilla paste in a medium bowl. With the motor operating on low, gradually add milk mixture to flour mixture. Increase speed to medium; beat for 2 minutes, scraping down sides of mixer once, or until smooth.

  4. Divide mixture evenly into five small bowls; tint each with a food colouring. Transfer mixtures to separate piping bags. Pipe alternate coloured mixtures into cases until three-quarters full.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

  6. Meanwhile, make bubblegum buttercream.

  7. Using a sharp knife, cut a small circle from the tops of each cake and discard. Fill cavities with sprinkles, reserving 1. tablespoons for decorating.

  8. Lift one log of buttercream, open-side down, into a piping bag fitted with a 1 1/2cm star-shaped nozzle. Pipe onto six cupcakes. Repeat with remaining log and cupcakes. Sprinkle with reserved sprinkles.

For the bubblegum buttercream:

  1. Stir sugar and the water in a small saucepan over high heat, without boiling, until sugar dissolves.

  2. Bring to the boil. Boil, without stirring, for 5 minutes or until syrup reaches 121C on a sugar thermometer.

  3. Towards the end of syrup cooking time, whisk egg whites in a clean large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. On low speed, slowly add hot sugar syrup to egg whites in a thin, steady stream.

  4. Increase speed to high; whisk for 10 minutes or until mixture is thick and glossy.

  5. On medium speed, add butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the essence and whisk until just combined.

  6. Divide buttercream between five bowls and tint each with a food colouring.

  7. Transfer the buttercreams into separate piping bags. Pipe a 20cm length of each buttercream, close together, onto a 30cm square of plastic wrap, leaving a 5cm gap at the ends.

  8. Roll plastic wrap up from the long side to create a log. Twist both ends to enclose. Snip one end off the log. Make one more buttercream log.

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