Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rainbow Chip Cupcake Cones

Over the weekend we celebrated one of our friend's 30th birthdays. Of course, I offered to bring cupcakes to the party and found out the birthday boy specifically requested rainbow chip cupcakes...with rainbow frosting...in an ice cream cone. After quickly confirming whether or not he was turning 5 and not 30, I agreed to the challenge and couldn't wait try out a new cupcake project.
 
It wasn't until I checked several stores that I found out that Betty Crocker recently DISCONTINUED rainbow chip frosting! Even worse, the one-of-a-kind frosting was replaced with a mediocre sprinkle frosting, which is really just a sleeve of sprinkles that comes with a tub of icing. WHAT?! Not only was I devastated, but after some internet research I found there are tons of other rainbow chip lovers who are equally upset, including a Facebook group of more than 6,800 fans dedicated to petitioning Betty to bring her tasty frosty back to the shelves. I even found some tubs of Rainbow chip frosting going for almost $100 on eBay!
 
So I did what any creative baker would do...I set out to recreate Betty's frosting from scratch. And not only did I succeed, but my frosting was so incredible that I'm considering bottling it up and selling it to the millions of outraged rainbow chip lovers and retiring on my pot of gold.
Anyway, back to the recipe. First things first, I had to figure out how I was going to bake and transport 24 cupcakes in cones to a restaurant. There were really only two options - purchase a cupcake cone rack and hope it arrived in time for my project, or get crafty and make my own for 99 cents. What do you think I did?
 After carefully measuring out a square grid for 12 cupcakes per pan, I traced the bottom of a cone onto a sheet of paper and used it as my stencil for the pan circles. To cut out the circles I used a boxed cutter (on top of a cutting board) because I didn't have anything fancier on hand.
 Now it is time to fill your cupcakes! Thankfully, rainbow chip cake mix is still available so I chose to go the box route and really focus my efforts on the frosting for this project.
Make sure you don't overfill your cones otherwise you end up with a huge mess. I made two batches after my first batch exploded in my oven. For the second round, I poked holes in the bottom of the cones with a toothpick which really helped bake the cupcakes all the way through.
Bake in the center of the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean when inserted in center. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing and cooling completely on wire racks.
I made my rainbow chips a few days beforehand and kept them in the freezer until I was ready to whip up the frosting the day of the party.
 
Homemade Rainbow Chips
 
Ingredients
1 10 oz bag Wilton white candy melts
Wilton food coloring {in your choice of colors}
Shortening, if necessary
 
Directions
In a microwave safe bowl melt the white chocolate in 20 second intervals on 50% power. Stir well. Continue to heat until all the chips are melted. If chocolate becomes too thick, add a half tablespoon of shortening. Divide the melted white chocolate into four small bowls. Add 5-7 drops of color into each bowl. Stir to combine. On a baking sheet covered with parchment pour out each bowl of colored chocolate into a rectangle about 1/4″ thick. Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until set. Once set chop up each color into little pieces.  Taste the rainbow.
Whipped Rainbow Chip Frosting
 
 Ingredients
1½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lb confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 tbsp. heavy cream
1 ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 cups of rainbow chips {recipe above}
 
Directions
In a large bowl, whip the butter with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth (about 1 minute).  One cup at a time, add in the confectioners’ sugar and mix on medium-low speed until incorporated.  Add the salt.  Continue to beat on medium-high speed until smooth (about 1-2 minutes). Mix in the heavy cream and vanilla on low speed until well blended.  Increase the mixer speed and whip on high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed (about 4-5 minutes). Gently fold in rainbow chips and mix by hand until well incorporated.

Yields 2 dozen cupcakes 
Time to frost your cupcakes!
And to transport them, I used a large storage container.
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49 comments:

  1. What were they thinking in discontinuing that frosting?? It's my fave! Thanks for showing us how we can make it in it's (hopefully short) absence. :)

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  2. You poke a hole in the bottom of the cone to let the cupcakes bake all the way through? How do you keep the batter from running out?? - Can't wait to try these! My neices and nephews will LOVE them!

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    1. I use a toothpick to poke the holes! The batter is WAYY too thick to leak through the tiny hole. :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, I am craving a rainbow chip cupcake in a cone with that rainbow chip icing......Bookmarking this post now for future reference. :)

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  4. You're a baking machine!!! I wish I had your energy, especially since you are pregnant! Get em!

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  5. You are so clever! What an awesome way to bake and transport the cupcakes. Definitely going to try this sometime.

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  6. oh my gosh, I love this! haha and I love that a man requested all of the above and you came up with this brilliant concoction! SUCH a good idea to transport the cones and I really wish I could eat one of them right now!

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  7. oh my goodness i love it!!! such a creative idea, and seriously nothing is better than rainbow frosting :)

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  8. You are simply incredible, my friend! Is rainbow chip the same as funfetti?

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  9. Oh my gosh this is so cute! I need to make this for my fifth grade class!

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  10. I don't have kids but I'm def going to try this for the hubs and I <3

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  11. How cute are these?!? I am in awe of your creativity!

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  12. These look AMAZING! You are one heck of a friend to make those! I can't believe you made your own chips!

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  13. That must be one special birthday boy - you pulled out all the stops! They looked delicious and so cute!

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  14. YAY! So excited to make these! Thank you for posting! Love Love LOVE this idea! :)

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  15. This is incredible!! How creative. I'm glad you didn't just settle for the other sprinkle frosting!

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  16. I'm not sure what they were thinking when they discontinued the rainbow chip frosting but I'm so happy to have come across your recipe! I bet your recipe is going to be a great replacement for losing the original. Thanks!

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  17. OOMMMHHG this seriously looks amazing. Can't wait to try these
    http://sylviastevens.blogspot.com/

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  18. How resourceful to use the foil pans! I usually just say a prayer that they're going to stay upright and then curse them when they inevitably fall over... I'll be adopting your idea from this point forward! Happy Hump Day!

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  19. This looks amazing...still can't believe rainbow chip frosting is discontinued but yours looks extremely convincing :)! Xx.

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  20. omg i remember having this when i was a little kid and i LOVED it! great recipe, i cant wait to make these again. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  21. Go ahead girl! You're so crafty! These are adorable and your DIY is super impressive!

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  22. Seriously pure genius!!! You are awesome :) The cupcakes look beautiful and I am sure they were even more delicious :)

    xoxo
    Jocelyn @Prettyluckymama

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  23. You are a talented lady!! I love this though & wish I could try it for a birthday soon! I'll definitely file this under the "to-be-made" tab though!!

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  24. These are amazing! Can't wait to try the recipe for the icing!

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  25. Oh my word! I'm sure these were as delicious as they look! So creative of you!

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  26. You're kidding me! I too am mad about the extinction of rainbow chip frosting (it is delish on hard pretzel sticks!), but making the chips looks like a lot of effort. Still, I might actually try it because it's so good...

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  27. This Paleo girl thinks these look pretty devine!

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  28. First off, the back info on the rainbow chip frosting made me laugh! :) Second, you did AWESOME!!!

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  29. My friend would DIE!!! She lovesssss rainbow chips and confetti!! Guess I know what I will be making for her birthday this year! :) Thanks for sharing...

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  30. This is an amazing recipe for that frosting! I love making cupcake ice cream cones - one of my favorites!

    Karly
    www.missinthemidwest.blogspot.com

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  31. Umm, would you believe me if I said I was looking up a recipe for homemade rainbow chip frosting earlier this week?! Your tutorial is definitely better than the ones I found the other night! Precious, as always!

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  32. Oh my goodness these look amazing! This whole rainbow chip debacle really is terrible I went to go find it the other day and did the same thing! I can't believe you actually made it on your own. You are far more ambitious than I am haha!

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  33. these look ridiculously amazing and I'm already thinking about what upcoming event I can make these for :)
    http://amusingbelle.blogspot.com/

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  34. This is amazing! Rainbow Chip is my absolute favorite ever since I was little I've had a strawberry cake with rainbow chip icing. My mom and I both looked at several stores for it. I was crushed. Did I mention I'm 23. Not sorry :)

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  35. These look delicious! We don't have Rainbow Chip in South Africa - but yours looks amazing!! x

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  36. Oh my gosh how cute are these!!? (I would eat them all in one sitting probably haha)

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  37. These are so cute and I can't wait to try them!

    www.lifeasabaltimoregirl.blogspot.com

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  38. This is genius from start to finish! We'll have to try these sometime!

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  39. Christina - I just want to step out of lurkdom to tell you that I absolutely love your blog. I've been "blogging" since I was a teenager (I'm 27 now) and I still have a personal blog that has been mostly diary/journal, but of all the bloggers of today, you are the one who inspires me most. Thank you for your frequent updates and for sharing bits of your life with your readers. And congrats on your baby girl on the way. Your little family is precious. God bless!

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  40. Those look so good- you did a great job! I've seen this on Pinterest before but I've never tried to recreate it. Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

    Katelyn

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  41. So glad you posted this, I was wondering how you made them!! They were DELISH!

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