July 2, 2014

Rainbow Cupcakes

have you ever tried making these? yesterday harper and rex both decided to nap at the same time (AMAZING!) so, i decided to use up the food coloring from the homemade playdough i made over the weekend.

this was so much fun and easy-peasy! the directions:

*mix up a box of white cake mix. (i used Betty Crocker) preferably a recipe that uses egg whites and oil instead of butter (your colors will come out better and cupcakes will brown less.)
*divide batter into bowls

*add your food coloring. i used McCormick’s neon pack for my pink, green, blue, and purple. then i mixed the neon pink with the yellow from the original pack to get my orange. this is really just a guestimate until you get the desired colors.

*line your muffin pan with cupcake wrappers. i used silver cupcake wrappers to make “surprise” cupcakes and white/clear wrappers for the rest of the cupcakes:

*using a fork or spoon drizzle each color on top of the next. i used forks because i found that it gave me more control. do not try to spread the colors out on your own (it will cause your colors to mix).

*purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, pink

bake (as directed on your cake mix-i baked about 21 min.) let cool and frost them if you like.

even the wrapper is pretty!


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Comments (72)

  1. What a great idea! I will have to make these sometime.

  2. These look amazing! What a fantastic idea πŸ™‚

  3. i have made these before, but mine weren't as pretty!

  4. Great photos!!

  5. I SWEAR im going to try this….! :)))

  6. This is so fun! I might just have to try it.


  7. wow wow wow i think i know what i will be doing this sunday. they look to exciting to pass up on xxx

  8. So cute. These cupcakes need a cute cupcake wrapper. =)

  9. Natalie- any suggestions for cupcake wrapper??

  10. Rainbow Brite!

  11. SKV6.BLOGSPOT.COM LOVE THESE! How fun & beautiful! And yummy of course!

  12. So cute! Thanks for sharing and nice photography!

  13. i love this idea. i am totally trying this one! thanks.

  14. I want to make these ASAP!

  15. I made these for my nephews and niece one weekend. They sure were a hit!

  16. Ummmm these are the cutest and yummiest things I have seen!

    I must try it!

  17. SOO cool! Those are on the "party list" for our next shindig, thank you for the inspiration! Now off to root around your blog! *Amy

  18. These are FABULOUS! I'm planning my daughter's 3rd birthday for January {yes…already hehehe} and it's a RAINBOW theme! These are perfect!
    THANK YOU ;o)

  19. I'm making these for my next play date. They are awesome! Thanks for the fun idea!

  20. OMG YUM!

  21. I loved it!! Can't wait to try it! Just wrote about it on my blog, hope you can come by and visit! πŸ™‚

  22. These are just the coolest photos of cupcakes EVER!!! So excited to find your blog via Made by Girl! Hugs from Denmark!

  23. Amazing! I love it!!!

  24. These look great!

  25. Beautiful photos πŸ™‚ will definitely try this

  26. Omg these are great!!

  27. I am so so excited to try baking some of these this weekend for my birthday party! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  28. What type of cake mix did you use? I used the "super moist" betty crocker cake mix and the colors ran together when they baked. I love how your layers stayed separate!

  29. anon, i should have written it down because i don't remember. all i know is that it was the brand on sale that week and it was white cake mix. maybe the "super moist" was to runny?

  30. These are beautiful but I wouldn't feed them to my kids with all the dye in them. Might try a version with natural dyes but won't be able to do the rainbow.

  31. Nice job, tanks for the pics. I will make these and put them on my food site if you don't mind. and give you credit for the recipe. Best. JJ.

  32. I need a good recipe for a good frosting. Any suggestions?…Just Jen

  33. Hi Just Jen,
    I don't like heavy frostings so i used a whipped cream frosting. i don't have a specific fav recipe, usually i just google it and try something new! shari

  34. So pretty! I'm definitely going to have to try this out the next time I make cupcakes. I've seen people do cakes that turn out looking the same, but involve cooking a bunch of different very skinny cakes, then stacking. I like this method much better!

  35. I made these!! Thank you soo much for this lovely post. I've had alot of down days lately and every time I looked at these cupcakes it made everything better, lol. I used betty crocker super moist mix and had NO issues with the colors running together. They turned out fabulous! I have had nothing but compliments from others. These will be made again and again. Thank You

  36. sooo lovely!!
    i like your blog soo much!
    xo Marie

  37. can't wait to make these! What fun! Great pictures of how to and rainbow delight to the eyes!
    Linda @ bushel and a pickle

  38. I made these a couple of months ago. Heres a pic of mine

  39. Love these cupcakes! My daughter and I attempted to make these for her birthday yesterday. I even blogged about it here –>
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. awesome! I should try this one day with my little brother!

  41. I have to share a comment on this one…I made these over the weekend for my Granddaughter's birthday party. I used a whipped cream icing. They were a BIG hit. But when I made the cupcakes I devided the battery into sandwich size ziplock bags then added the food coloring and squeezed and mashed the bag to mix the colors (kids would love to help with this part) then snipped the corner off the bag and squeezed the batter into the cupcake papers. Worked great and very quick and all the control you need to layer the colors.

  42. Made these this week for a Breast Cancer Fundraising bake sale – they were a HUGE hit!!! Couldn't be easier to make either!!! Thanks for posting the directions for these πŸ™‚

  43. so glad they were at hit, Joanne! what a great idea and a great cause! xx, shari

  44. So Cute! I linked you up on the Glitter Blog!
    And I'm your newest follower!

  45. Gorgeous pictures!! I featured you on my blog:

    Feel free to grab a button!

  46. Gorgeous pictures!! I featured you on my blog:

    Feel free to grab a button!

  47. hiya , what a gorgeous display of colourful deliciousness x tfs i am your newest follower and would love if you stopped by mine sometime xmaggiex

  48. Those look fabulous and are perfect for spring!

    I think I may have to try these out, definitely. =)

  49. OH my gosh I love it! And they look so good, I must try this! I am visitng from Creative Party Blogger's Hop and I am your newest follower! Love your blog!

  50. A beautiful idea, I might make some of these for our art group's exhibition.

  51. So yummy goody! Thanks for sharing this at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Btw, would you be interested to co-host the party with me on May 29th?

  52. Very cool! My little girl is currently in love with cupcakes and would flip over these! πŸ™‚

    Stopping by from the Alexa Hop!

    Johanna at Mama Chocolate
    Family life, tips for mom, reviews, giveaways and more!

  53. Absolutely beautiful!!!! New Follower~


  54. Definitely a colorful treat for springtime. It reminds me of the layered jello my MIL has sometimes made.

    I'm a new follower from the Creative Bloggers Party & Hop. Hope you'll stop by my blog sometime, too.


  55. so colorful! love the idea and would love to try and make my own! thanks for sharing this!

    i'm your newest follower from the Bloggers Party and Hop at TypeA

    Susan at

  56. Cute! I'm a fan of cupcakes regardless but I love how these turned out

  57. What a fantastic idea! I'm your newest follower from Homemaker on a Dime's linky party. I have to add these to my list for the next office birthday party.

    Stop by if you get a chance.

  58. Thanks for sharing at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  59. I love your idea, I love your site!
    Thank you so much,

  60. lovely yummy cupcakes…what is the oil i can use instead of butter?

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  63. I want to make this rainbow cupcakes but what I need to make white cake mix?

  64. Hi Alessandra,
    I would just purchase a box of Betty Crocker or Pillsbury White Cake mix. Not sure if they sell this in the country you are in. In the USA the box literally says “White Cake Mix!” Hope this helps :)) shari

  65. I liked the write-up.

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