#cookingwithCICI,

“Rainbow Monkeys, Rainbow Monkeys…”

Heya guys! Welcome to the first special of …

*drumrolls*

…#cookingwithCICI.

So let me start by introducing one of my best friends, Cynthia Okech AKA Cici, who will be taking us through these specials. If you follow me on snapchat (@ivymabelle), you know that we recently baked some super-duper, fantastic-looking AND delicious rainbow cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I had never successfully made any cake frosting before (despite 4 years of learning Home Science in high school -shame!) so I was quite happy this whole batch turned out FAB. Anyway, let’s get to the questions (I promise there won’t be too many).

KB: Hey Cicibabes! Lol haven’t used that name in a while. So, tell our readers a bit about yourself and what you are doing/ studying currently?

CICI: Haha well I think this is the hardest question ever. However, I can say that I am a really easy-going person once you get to know me. There is more than what meets the eye. Food and music are my greatest passions. As for what I’m doing currently, I am a BCOM student at the University of Nairobi.

KB: I’ve known you for what…6 years now?! Since day one, you’ve always had a passion for food (both eating and cooking ha-ha!) What drives this passion? Tell us where it all began, the whole backstory if you may.

CICI: I guess I can say from the moment that my tongue could identify the taste of different flavours. Haha and also when eating the same kind of foods at home became monotonous. I love to try new things…flavours…ingredients…spices…all of it. My family is not really crazy about food like me, but with support and encouragement from friends, especially from you, I decided to take my passion for food seriously.

KB: Aww! I’m glad I was of any help, and that you decided to pursue your passion for food, because you really are a great cook. Alright, let’s get started with the cooking. *screams with excitement*


 

RAINBOW CUPCAKES

Prep time: 30 minutes

Yield: 18 cupcakes

Cook time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour [NB: Alternatively you could use self-rising flour (mandazi flour) instead of all-purpose flour and baking powder]
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 8 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ¾ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ¼ cups of milk, at room temperature
  • Food colour (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet/purple)

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 190°c.

2. In a bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together.

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3. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until its light and fluffy (almost looking white-ish). Slowly add eggs, one at a time, until combined.

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4. Add vanilla essence.

5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the egg mixture until well combined. Add half of the milk and mix thoroughly. Repeat with remaining ingredients, scrapping the bowl as needed.

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6. In 6 small bowls, mix a small amount of the food colours with little water then divide the cupcake batter into the bowls and mix well.

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7. Pour batter into prepared pans in small amounts, one colour at a time until the rainbow pattern is formed.

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8. Bake at 190°c for 18 minutes or until a toothpick or fork inserted into the centre of a cupcake comes out clean.

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(Almost clean ha-ha!)

(Almost clean ha-ha!)

9. Let cupcakes cool before frosting them.

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VANILLA CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces/ 8 tbsps. unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces/ 8 tbsps. cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

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(Quick tip: If you don’t have powdered sugar, no  worries, you can make your own by blending your normal sugar Also, you can add or reduce the amount of sugar for the frosting as per your preferred taste)

(Quick tip: If you don’t have powdered sugar, no worries, you can make your own by blending your normal sugar.)

Method:

1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract until well mixed.

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2. Put frosting in a piping bag with a large round tip (or in a zip lock bag and cut a hole at one corner).

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Finally, spread frosting on cupcakes and ENJOY!

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CICI clearly enjoying her cupcake.

CICI clearly enjoying her cupcake.

*PHOTOGRAPHY BY IVY MABELLE*

KB: Don’t these cupcakes remind you of “Rainbow Monkeys” (the toys/dolls that Number 3 really REALLY loved) from Kids Next Door?

CICI: Of course, especially the song!

“Rainbow Monkeys, Rainbow Monkeys,

Oh, so very round and super chunky,

Bringing love wherever they go,

Everyone’s made of a big rainbow.

Oh, red and orange, and pink and blue,

Rainbow Monkeys, rainbow Monkeys,

We love you!”

 NB: Let us know if there are any recipes you would like to see us do on #cookingwithCICI.

Like, share and try out this recipe guys!

-Ivy and CICI xx

 

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Heya! I'm Wambui Mabelle. Founder of this blog. Twenty-something year old Kenyan. Lawyer by day, writer by night, foodie by weekends and muser everyday.

20 Comments

Cici

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L results…i have never been more proud of our cooking Ivy!

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Ivy

Thank you Cici. Here’s to many more awesome cooking sessions. ? ??

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Stephen

Brilliant article! Well presented.

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Ivy

Thank you! 🙂

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Flo

This is a much needed fools proof step by step guide on how to make awesome cupcakes! Does not get better than this! Lovely ❤❤❤

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Ivy

Thank you 🙂
Stay tuned for more awesome recipes to come!

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Portia

????
It looks so great
Definitely going to try this

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Ivy

Thank you Portia!
You must invite me for the tasting session once you’ve made them. 🙂

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Santana

I’m so proud of you Ivy and happy for you on your new blog. And I love that you strive to be yourself. (This tears are blocking my eyes. Can’t type anymore). Proud of you once again bébé?

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Ivy

Hey Santi!
Thank you so much 🙂

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Annio

I love this, good work Cici and Ivy. I have to try it out.

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Ivy

Thank you Annio!
Stay tuned for more awesome recipes to come 🙂

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Voevoe

IVY!!!! This excites me! It’ like I was there cooking with you two!
Good job!

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Ivy

Hey Voevoe! Haha thank you, stay tuned for more recipes. 🙂

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Ann - Michelle's mom

Lovely well done Ivy, we will try it out ?.,

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Ivy

Thank you 🙂
I hope it works out, stay tuned for more recipes!

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Jack

There is certainly a great deal to know about this topic.
I like all of the points you have made.

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Ivy

Thank you Jack! 🙂

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Cynchie

Ivy, amazing stuff. Your blog excites me! Looking forward to many more articles!

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Ivy

I’m glad to hear that Cynthia! Thank you for checking it out. 🙂

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