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Food Day Friday: Rainbow Cupcakes!

27 February, 2009
Rainbows!

Rainbows!

SHUT UP! These were the most awesome cupcakes I’ve ever made, and they could quite possibly have been the best cupcakes ever. (Until I make the next batch, that is). I was inspired by this post at omnomicon to make a rainbow cake. But, I’m impatient and not great at frosting, and so figured that rainbow cupcakes (and mini-cupcakes) were more my style.

How to:

1. Choose a white cake recipe or mix. I used a Duncan Hines mix. It was easy, moist and yummy.

2. Make the batter and divide it evenly between 6 bowls.

Believe it or not, counting to 6 was the hardest part of the process.

Believe it or not, counting to 6 was the hardest part of the process.

3. Add food coloring. I used the Betty Crocker gel colors…nearly a whole tube for each color.

Swirling the food coloring isnt necessary, but it is gratifying!

Swirling the food coloring isn't necessary, but it is gratifying!

4. Mix it up good, and use plenty so you get great, vibrant colors!

Dont eat too much of the batter!

Don't eat too much of the batter!

5. Time to fill the cups. Drop about a teaspoonfull of each color into paper-lined cupcake pan.

Start with purple

Start with purple

layer on the colors

layer on the colors

all the way up to red

all the way up to red

6. Bake according to the directions or recipe, and allow to cool.

baked!

baked!

7. Frost. We didn’t do this step. I thought a DIY frosting and decorating experience would be fun for the party.

thats frosting-from-a-can mixed with the leftover gel dye

that's frosting-from-a-can mixed with the leftover gel dye

8. Admire

beeyooteefull!

beeyooteefull!

9. Eat!

tasty!

tasty!

We also made:

son of rainbow cupcakes!

son of rainbow cupcakes!

profile of the little pretties

profile of the little pretties

These were a touch time-consuming, but oh so worth it. They’ve also inspired me to rethink my kitchen. After seeing these vibrant wee cakes, I absolutely want a colorful cooking space.

seriously, why is all food not rainbow-y? oh right, because rainbow omelettes would be gross and off-putting

seriously, why is all food not rainbow-y? oh right, because rainbow omelettes would be gross and off-putting

Want more? Check out the lovely write-up these babies got from Cupcakes Take the Cake!

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. 28 April, 2009 10:22

    Beautiful! But just from reading it, and looking at the pictures, it’s my conclusion that…..
    isn’t it a messy task, to make these cupcakes? A friend wants a recipe for rainbow cupcakes, and yours seems to be the best and the messiest, so far. I bet they’re delicious!

    • twicka permalink*
      28 April, 2009 10:50

      First, thanks!

      Really, aside from the number of dishes you have to wash at the end, it’s no messier than any cupcake recipe. Although I tend to be a tornado in the kitchen kind of cook all the time, so maybe I just don’t see all the mess!

  2. shahpara permalink
    31 January, 2010 06:03

    thanks a lot. u made it so easy. was really looking for this recipe . god bless u dear.

  3. Becky permalink
    10 March, 2010 02:19

    Just got done making these! “A touch time consuming” is an understatement! Didn’t realize it’d take me 2 hours!!! Then again, I’ve never made cupcakes before, so the whole thing was a learning experience! Thank you! I’m so excited to eat them 😀

  4. Tiyana permalink
    22 July, 2010 00:03

    omg. These cupcakes loooks sooo guddd. i love baking and im going to add this to my list thanks so muck. The deli people are always so creative.

  5. Tiyana permalink
    22 July, 2010 00:04

    so muchhh.

  6. Libbie permalink
    22 November, 2010 15:26

    you think i could use yellow cake mix instead? i cant use the white stuff because it contains dairy.

    • twicka permalink*
      22 November, 2010 15:57

      I think yellow would work fine – I’ve done this again with a from-scratch yellow cake recipe and they looked great.

  7. ashley b permalink
    19 February, 2011 18:29

    thanks this is so awsome!!!! had very fun making them

  8. 19 February, 2011 18:30

    thanks it was a lot of fum making them!!! their awsome!

  9. Brony permalink
    9 November, 2011 09:52

    thats creepy 😦

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