18 November 2019

Welcome to the second of my monthly blogs… I know Christmas is coming up fast, and at the beginning of December I’m going to send you a recipe for a lovely Christmassy cake that’s perfect to make with the children, but for November I wanted to make the most of an amazing new mix that’s recently arrived in the Home Bargains stores.

This mix has been selling incredibly fast - which doesn’t surprise me as it’s wonderfully pretty, special and loads of fun to make. I’m talking about the Jane Asher Rainbow Cake, which I’ve been working on with the bakery that makes these for me for some time, and it’s now absolutely perfect. Take a look at the video below to see how the cake is made with the Rainbow Cake Mix.

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Because the colours of the cake are so pretty and so dramatic, I thought I’d try using it for cupcakes and - to make the most of the stunning colours and to vary things a bit - give each colour a flavour to match. So… I made the red cupcakes taste of strawberry, the orange ones of orange, the yellow ones of lemon and the green ones of lime. All using real fruit (or jam in the case of the strawberry ones).

I’m so pleased with the result - the taste really comes through and the cakes look really beautiful: perfect for a party or special occasion.

Here’s my recipe for Fruity Cup Cakes!


  • 1 Jane Asher Rainbow Cake mix, butter, eggs and milk as on the packet, including the butter for the icing.
  • 1 heaped tbsp. good strawberry jam
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 strawberries

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. This will make about 28-30 cupcakes. So fill a muffin tin with 12 paper cases and have another 12+ ready to bake in batches.

Make up each individual colour from the mix as given on the instructions BUT:

To the red mix add the heaped tablespoon of strawberry jam

To the orange mix add the finely grated rind of the orange, but leave a sliver of skin intact. Slice the end off with the peel intact to use as decoration.

Juice the orange and add about a 15-20ml (a generous tablespoonful) to the mix

To the yellow mix add the finely grated rind of the lemon, leaving a small slice for decoration as with the orange. Add the juice as with the orange but using a bit less - about 2 tsps - as too much of the acidic lemon makes the mixture split.

To the green colour repeat with the lime as for the lemon.

Spoon the mix into the cupcake paper cases, filling them about halfway up, and bake in batches for 15-20 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Meanwhile, make up the icing mix according to the directions on the packet. Cut the rinds and strawberries into about 6-8 pieces to make enough to top each cupcake. Pipe or spoon the icing onto the tops of the cupcakes and decorate with the sprinkles and the pieces of fruit.