Let’s talk about Marriage Equality.
If you are living outside of Australia and haven’t heard about it already, Marriage Equality is the hottest topic right now in Australia. There are already 23 countries around the world where same-sex marriage is legalised and a right, but Australia is not one of them, The Netherlands was the first country to pass legislation to allow same-sex couples to legally marry, divorce and adopt children, and then Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden and many other countries followed suit, including our neighbour country, New Zealand. Soon enough, Germany and Taiwan will also be passing the law later this year. So Australia, why do we still have to fight for it?
First of all, even if same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia, not every single gay man or woman is going to rush out and get married! So calm the f*** down. In theory, before you can get married, whether you are straight, gay or bi, you still need to find a partner, fall in love and be in a relationship before you can actually slip a ring on the finger and say “I do”. So, love has nothing to do with gender, religion, background or the colour of our skin. We are all born equal and deserve to love one another, we all have the rights to marry the one we love.
In a month’s time, The Pom and I would have been together for 16 years. We were actually engaged, TWICE! I proposed to him when we were travelling in Japan back in 2006 as I thought it was the right time for us to fully commit to each other. Then in 2015, The Pom surprised me by pulling out the same ring that I gave him almost 10 years ago and proposed back to me to covenant our relationship. Since we’ve been together for so long, our relationship is pretty much that of an old married couple already, we obviously are in no rush to get married just to prove a point. But do we actually want to get married one day? Yes, we do.
It is very disappointing that we all have to go through this Marriage Equality postal vote. It is an expensive, unnecessary, divisive plebiscite that none of us will be benefited from it. I’ve read many comments and opinions on Facebook on this issue from both sides and they ain’t pretty. Suddenly everyone is a keyboard warrior. I am convinced that you can’t rationalise with someone who is angry and hold strongly to their beliefs and blinded by all the wrong messages on internet. Trust me, I’ve tried. Having said that, we shouldn’t stop keep sending positive messages across, and let everyone know why Marriage Equality is important to you, your family, your friends.
Here I am doing what I do best to support Marriage Equality, sending positive vibes through my rainbow cupcakes. If you want a chat about Marriage Equality, my door is open, my tea is warm and my cupcakes are fluffy. If you are passionate about Marriage Equality as much as I do, why not bake these cupcakes and raise an awareness by giving them to friends, family, workmates or even strangers on the street? Or perhaps hold a fundraising event where all the money raised from the cupcakes go to support the equality campaign.
Trust me, no one will say no to rainbow cupcakes, there will be only “YES”!
I even made a video on how to make these gorgeous cupcakes! Enjoy and SHARE the rainbow!!!
Cooking time – 25 minutes
150g unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
150g caster sugar
225g self-raising flour
2 tablespoons full cream milk
1 heaped tablespoonful poppy seed
Edible silve glitter (optional), for decorating
125g unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (320g) icing sugar
1 tablespoon full cream milk
2 tiny drops of each food colouring gel paste – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple
Heat oven to 180C. Place 12 cupcake cases on a baking tray.
Beat butter, sugar and orange rind in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth and pale, about 2 minutes. Turn speed down to medium-low, add egg, one at a time, mix until combined. Turn speed down to low, add flour, a tablespoon at a time, until all added and keep beating until no lumps. Turn speed back to medium, add milk and poppy seed and beat until the mixture is smooth.
Use an ice cream scoop if you have one, add one scoop of mixture into each cupcake case. Otherwise, use a normal spoon and fill each case with mixture to about 3/4 full. Tap cases on the bench gently to remove air pockets.
Bake cupcakes in oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked inside, test by inserting a skewer in the centre of the cake and it should come out dry. Remove and transfer cupcakes to wire rack to let cool completely.
To make the buttercream, add butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and no lumps. Turn the speed to low, add the icing sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until all added and no lumps. Add milk and beat for another 30 seconds until the buttercream is smooth.
Split the buttercream even into 6 bowls, add food colouring gel paste, one colour per bowl, then stir until the colours are well mixed. Scrape the buttercream into six individual medium-size piping bags. Place a 1cm piping tip in a large piping bag. Cut off the tips of the six buttercream-filled piping bags and put them inside the large piping bag. Squeeze them all tightly until all buttercream start to mix together and ready for piping. Pipe swirls of rainbow buttercream on top of each cupcake.
Decorate each cupcake with a little “YES” flag and a sprinkle of silver glitter.