How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I was looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day treat that I thought the kids might enjoy. These rainbow cupcakes fit the bill - totally easy but very St. Patty's festive. Right?

Step One:

You'll need a box of white cake mix ingredients, frosting, food coloring and cupcake liners.

Step Two:

Mix up your cake batter according to the package instructions. Could you make a cake from scratch? Sure, why not? Me... not so much.

Step Three:

Divide the cake batter evenly into 6 bowls. Yes, I have a lot of clear bowls.

Step Four:

Add a different color of food coloring to each bowl  - this is where that whole art lesson on Roy G Biv comes in handy.

I used about 12 drops of color for each bowl (for orange: 12 yellow & 4 red  for purple: 9 red & 6 blue)

Step Five:

Line your muffin tin with liners, evenly distribute a layer of  purple batter in each liner. Then cover that with blue, followed by green, then yellow, orange and finally red. Then bake them in the oven according to your box directions.
And, yes, it does look like you are baking play doh cupcakes.

Step Six:

After your cupcakes cool, use a a ziplock baggie with the end cut off to pipe a white frosting "cloud" on top.

Before serving take the cupcake liners off so you can see the rainbow. The kids loved this, and are anxious to deliver them to friends this afternoon.

What are your plans for St. Patrick's Day? Are you wearing green?

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  1. Erika5:12 AM

    So fun and yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  2. T I love this idea, I'm going to borrow it! We have a St. Patty's day party on Friday, this would be fun to make a batch for the kids (some don't like chocolate). I think I will scoop out one of the cupcakes before frosting and put a gold chocolate coin in the center to give out a prize for the lucky winner. THANKS!! xo

  3. ooh, fun! my little guy would love this.

  4. Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Wow, do I wanna run to the store right now!

  6. We made these last week after looking at them on your blog. They fit in perfectly for our week of R is for Rainbow. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Oh mygoodness absolutely gorgeous I NEED to make these thanks for posting this!

  8. These look like a lot of fun to have the kids help you make. And I'm thinking you could do seasonal or holiday versions, too. Thanks for the inspiration

  9. Even though I knew this post was about rainbow cupcakes, I was startled by how colorful they are! Kids must LOVE these.

  10. My two little guys are into home baking these days so I was surfing around trying to find something simple enough that would hold their interest.

    The rainbow cupcakes look like a sure hit.

    Only problem is that I'm not the greatest baker myself and might have to do a secret trial run to make sure they look like yours, otherwise I could be in trouble.

  11. Helga9:19 PM

    I thought it is difficult to make a rainbow cupcake. I can't wait to try this, I'm sure that my little sister would love this.