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Chromatica Cupcakes

These gorgeous rainbow jewel cupcakes are topped with a Japanese candy called Kohakutou. They’re agar agar jellies which when left to dry for 3 days, go frosty and crunchy on the outside, so yum and so easy to make!

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Chromatica Cupcakes

These gorgeous rainbow jewel cupcakes are topped with a Japanese candy called Kohakutou. They’re agar agar jellies which when left to dry for 3 days, go frosty and crunchy on the outside, so yum and so easy to make!

Ingredients

Chromatica Cupcakes

  • 430g (15 oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 265g (91/2 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 125g (41/2 oz/1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 375 ml (121/2 fl oz/11/2 cups) full-cream (whole) milk
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tsp banana flavouring
  • 2 drops purple food gel
  • 2 drops green food gel
  • 2 drops pink food gel
  • 6 drops white food gel
  • 1 cup rainbow sprinkles

Kohakutou

  • 15g Agar-agar
  • 400ml water
  • 680g sugar
  • 2 drops pink food gel
  • 2 drops green food gel
  • 2 drops orange food gel
  • 2 drops purple food gel

Frosting

  • 1 batch American buttercream frosting or Swiss meringue buttercream frosting
  • 1tsp banana flavouring
  • 4 drops purple food gel
  • 4 drops pink food gel

Steps

Chromatica Cupcakes

  1. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 140°C (275°F) or a conventional oven to 160°C (320°F). Line two cupcake tins with the cupcake liners.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to a large mixing bowl and mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
  3. Next, add the softened butter and mix on low speed until the mixture reaches a crumbly, sand-like texture.
  4. Add the eggs, milk, oil, yogurt and vanilla and banana flavoring and mix on low speed until all the dry ingredients are incorporated. Scrape down the side of the bowl and mix for a final 20 seconds. It’s at this point that you can add any flavorings or food-gel colorings to the batter.
  5. Add each colored batter into a piping bag and pipe each color into each cupcake liner, alternating between each one until you’ve filled them up just over ¾ of the way.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes. Once baked, allow to cool down completely.
  7. Fit the end of a piping bag with a large round tip and pipe a bulb of frosting of each cupcake. Cover the frosting in sprinkles and then finish by sticking the jewels into the frosting.

Kohakutou

  1. Add the water and agar agar powder to a medium size saucepan and bring to a gentle boil while storing.
  2. Add the sugar and continue storing u til fully dissolved. Add the banana flavouring and mix until combined.
  3. Split the mixture in half. Split one half into 4 bowls. Colour each one using the food gel colours posted in the ingredients.
  4. Lightly spray and wipe down a rectangle container with oil spray. Pour the clear mixture into the container.
  5. Pour the colored mixtures I’m and swirl around using a toothpick. Chill in the fridge for an hour before taking out. Slice into bra long ways and then use a sharp knife to cut into jewel shapes.
  6. Place on a baking tray lined with plastic wrap and allow to dry for 3 days.
  7. The jewels will go frosty and crunchy on the outside.
  8. You’ll want to have different sized jewels. Big ones and small ones.

Frosting

  1. To prepare the frosting, add banana flavoring, pink and purple food gel, and mix until well combined.