A fresh tie-dye vanilla cupcake.

Tie-Dye Vanilla Cupcakes


Peace and love, peace and love, peace and love! Today is the one-and-only Ringo Starr’s birthday. And as has become the annual tradition, Ringo has asked people around the world to take a moment to wish for peace and love at noon today. My contribution to this annual peace-and-love fest are these tie-dye vanilla cupcakes topped with edible peace signs and hearts. Sweet, soft, and bursting with color, these groovy little beauties are sure to brighten anyone’s day.

 

Fresh tie-dye vanilla cupcakes.

 

Everyone loves Ringo. Even people who think they don’t secretly do. He’s like a friendly, cheeky little teddy bear. Or like a vanilla cupcake. Who doesn’t love a vanilla cupcake? Just go to one of his concerts and see for yourself. From the old hippies in worn sixties gear to little kids in Sgt. Pepper suits, Ringo puts a smile on everyone’s face. One of my favorite things about Ringo is how happy and optimistic he seems. That upbeat spirit carries over to his music. When I’m feeling down or just a bit blah, listening to songs like “La De Da” or “Time” will brighten my day. Such a bright, peace-and-love-spreading personality deserves a cupcake that’s just as bright and colorful.

 

Ringo performing at a concert in 2012.

Me at a Ringo and His All-Starr Band concert in 2012

 

As a side note, it’s surprisingly tricky to get a good photo of Ringo during a concert, especially with a fossil of a camera. If he’s up front singing, he’s constantly dancing and jumping about. And if he’s at his drums, he’s up on a riser, hidden behind his kit. Oh well, I think I’ll just call these shots “artsy”. 😎

 

Tie-Dye Vanilla Cupcakes
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Tie-Dye Vanilla Cupcakes
  1. 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  5. 3/4 cup whole milk
  6. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  7. 1/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  8. 2 egg whites
  9. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. Seeds scraped from 1/2 of a vanilla bean
  12. Neon pink, violet, blue, green, and orange gel food coloring
Vanilla Buttercream
  1. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  3. 1/4 cup whole milk
  4. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1/8 tsp salt
  6. Seeds scraped from 1/2 of a vanilla bean
Tie-Dye Vanilla Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard muffin tin with colorful cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter and sugar.
  4. Add the yogurt, milk, egg whites, vanilla extract, and vanilla seeds to the butter mixture and whisk to combine.
  5. Add about 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Repeat until all the dry ingredients have been added. Mix until smooth.
  6. Equally divide the batter between 5 bowls. You want a bowl for each color, so you may need more or less depending on how many colors you choose to use.
  7. Add a teaspoon of neon gel food coloring to a bowl and mix until equally distributed. Repeat with the remaining colors.
  8. Add a spoonful of each color batter to each cupcake liner. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors.
  9. Bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Allow the cupcakes to sit in the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing them and placing them on a cooling rack.
Vanilla Buttercream
  1. Beat the butter on high for 2-3 minutes, or until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Slowly pour in the milk while beating on high.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and vanilla seeds and beat until smooth and fluffy.
  5. Cover the frosting with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 10-30 minutes to firm up.
  6. Scoop the frosting into a piping bag and frost the cooled cupcakes.
  7. Top the cupcakes with a gum paste peace sign and hearts. See below for instructions on how to make them.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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Adding colorful cupcake liners to the muffine tin.

A bottle of whole vanilla beans.

Scraping the seeds from the inside of a vanilla bean.

Scraping the seeds from the inside of a vanilla bean.

 

Fresh vanilla beans are the starr, err… I mean star of this cupcake recipe. I thought about making a joke about how it’s the cymbal in what would otherwise be a plain, old vanilla drum roll. But I realized that might be taking things a beat to far. *ba dum tss*

 

Adding the neon gel food coloring to the cupcake batter.

The colorful bowls of cupcake batter.

Spooning the cupcake batter into the liners.

Spooning the cupcake batter into the liners.

Spooning the cupcake batter into the liners.

Swirling the cupcake batter with a toothpick.

The freshly baked tie-dye vanilla cupcakes.

The ingredients for the vanilla buttercream.

A fresh tie-dye vanilla cupcake.

Freshly baked tie-dye vanilla cupcakes.

Freshly baked tie-dye vanilla cupcakes.

A fresh tie-dye vanilla cupcake.

A fresh tie-dye vanilla cupcake.

 

You can buy peace sign and heart cupcake toppers online, or you can make them at home. Here’s what you’re going to need:

 

  1. Tear off a small chunk of gum paste. Use a clean toothpick to add a small dollop of icing color. A little goes a long way, so start out small. You can always add more later if you need. Knead the color into the gum paste until evenly distributed. Rub in a small amount of vegetable shortening if the gum paste starts to dry out or get sticky.
  2. Lightly grease a fondant mat and roller with vegetable shortening. Roll the gum paste out to 1/8 inch thickness.
  3. Lightly grease the cookie cutter with vegetable shortening and cut out your shapes. Push the cookie cutter straight down rather than wiggling it from side-to-side so as not to warp the shape. Place the shapes on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Leave the tray in a dry, undisturbed area. Repeat the previous steps for the other color and shape.
  4. For the peace signs: If you do not have a peace sign cookie cutter, let the gum paste circles dry out on the tray for 24 hours. Trace a peace sign template on a sheet of wax paper. Use an exacto knife to cut out the 4 wedges inside the peace sign. Lay the template over the dried gum paste circles and use an exacto knife to cut out the wedges. You may need a toothpick to help push out the cut outs. Place the peace signs back on the cookie sheet to continue drying.
  5. Let your gum paste decorations dry for 2-3 days before using.

 

The supplies for making gum paste peace signs and hearts.

Cutting circles out of blue gum paste.

Tracing a peace sign template on wax paper.

Cutting peace signs out of the blue circles of gum paste.

Cutting heart shapes out of pink gum paste.

Gum paste peace signs and hearts.

 

Have you seen my other Beatle-inspired birthday cupcakes?

 

What other ways are you spreading the message of peace and love? Let me know in the comments below. If you liked this post, please share it on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. ✌️&❤️


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