You know we love a good party -- especially when glitter, beads, and cake are involved. It's Gay Pride Week in NYC, and we're wielding the rainbow sprinkles.
Celebrate Pride with some of our most visually arresting treats. Some seek gold at the end of the rainbow, but we'd be content with a showstopping slice of cake -- and equality, of course.
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Multicolored Frosting
If tinting a cake seems too daunting, stick to working your magic up top. Use gel food coloring for first-rate flavor and consistency.
Gel-paste food coloring
1. Line mini-muffin tins with mini paper liners. Divide chocolate cupcake batter among muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full. Bake cupcakes until testers inserted into centers come out clean, about 10 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks.
2. Reserve 1 cup frosting in a bowl. Divide remaining frosting among several bowls. (If making 1 color, place remaining frosting in a large bowl.) Dab a rubber spatula against a tiny drop of gel-paste coloring, and mix into a bowl of frosting. Add more, drop by drop, to reach desired color. Repeat with remaining frosting. If frosting is too dark, mix in some reserved white frosting. Frost cupcakes with tinted buttercream.
Old-Fashioned Yeast Doughnut Holes
Doughnut holes are doubly delightful when rolled in sanding sugar -- a breakfast made for joyful pre-parade consumption.
Jam Sandwich Cookies
Use several different jams or jellies to give these cookies a Technicolor effect. Tint the dough to make an even more colorful confection.
4 cups baking mix, spooned and leveled
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup whole milk
3/4 cup seedless jam or jelly
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a food processor, pulse baking mix and butter until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk; pulse until a dough forms.
2. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto sheets, 4 inches apart. (You will fit about 9 cookies to a sheet; bake in two batches to make a total of 36 cookies.) Bake until cookies begin to turn golden but center is still pale, 12 to 14 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
3. Spread flat side of half the cookies with 2 teaspoons jam each; sandwich with remaining cookies.
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