Rainbow Cupcakes

My youngest daughter just celebrated her 10th birthday – she’s double digits now!  How that happened, I’m not quite sure.  I was pretty confident that she wasn’t more than a day over 3.  It REALLY does not feel like 10 years ago that I had her.  What they say is true though with children – the days are long but the years are short.  (Too short!)

My mother and father made the nearly 6 hour journey up to my house with birthday cake in hand for her – so I was ‘off the hook’ this year for it.  However, she had a homeschool event the day after her birthday so I thought it would be nice if I made some cupcakes to share amongst her friends for the occasion.  

It didn’t take me long to decide upon Rainbow Cupcakes.  They are the easiest things to make, and they just brighten up the kids eyes.  They even risen the curiosity in the moms.  Each time I bring them anywhere, not excluding our little homeschool event, I always have people ask me ‘HOW did you make these??  They are so cool!”.  

They are so cool.


All you need is your standard yellow or white cake mix.  You can make it from scratch, or you can make it from a box.  It doesn’t really matter at all.  Mix up the cake batter, and then divide the batter between different bowls.  How many bowls is completely up to you – it just depends on how many different colors you want in your rainbow cupcakes.  Squirt in enough food coloring in each bowl to give it a vibrant color, and stir it all up.  

In a cupcake pan, spoon a dollop of each color inside the cups.  When they are 2/3 of the way full (or more full if you want bigger cupcakes) – bake them according to your cake mix directions.  Let them cool before frosting.  


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  • Awesome! I think I am going to make these for the next pot-luck!!

  • My daughter turned 10 in March, so I know exactly what you mean! These cupcakes are completely awesome.

  • These are beautiful! I’ll definitely be using this idea. I’ve made zebra cakes before by alternating white and chocolate cake mixes, but never thought of rainbows. TOO cool!!

  • I just love the look of these! So fun and colorful!

  • These are soo pretty!! I think they would be a big hit anywhere!

  • these are so pretty and cool looking! I love it! Thank you for sharing! I found your blog through a link party and i LOVE it! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  • Fun and yummy!!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    My link up 😉

  • Such a cute idea!

    -Michelle Maskaly
    @ The Adirondack Chick

  • I have always wanted to make rainbow cake! thank you for sharing! I’ll be back for your tutorial!

  • very nice…i did a cupcake for my spotlight in march that is similar to these. my son requested a rainbow cake for his birthday this weekend for his magic party.

    such a sweet idea. found you at lamb around

  • my children would go mad for these, great idea

  • Thats awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • Beautiful cupcakes:) I wanted to know if you used regular liquid food coloring or did you use something else, like food coloring gel?

  • P31Mom – I have used both..but I tend to use the gels more because it’s easier to find around here for some reason. The trick is to make sure you add enough of either to give it that vibrant color. Of course, you don’t have to have vibrant colors – you could go the pastel route too!

  • My 8 year old would love it if I made these with her! What a blast!

  • This looks like a delicious Summer Recipe! We are hosting “FUN SUMMER RECIPES” at our Linky Party THIS WEEKS CRAVINGS! We’d love for you to come by and link up! (Thanks a million) 🙂


  • My kids would LOVE to make these this summer! Thanks for linking to Recipes To Run On!

  • I am your newest follower! I love this cute cupcake idea! My daughter is having a “rainbow” themed party next month and I am SO borrowing your idea! Come visit my blog and follow me too! http://www.belvajune.com


  • Those are sooo awesome! Reminds me of Rainbow Brite! What a great way to celebrate!

  • I LOVE these cupcakes! I can’t wait to try them myself! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party! It lasts all week! Have a great weekend 🙂

  • love these

    I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.


    Come strut your stuff.

  • Brilliant cupcakes! Thanks for sharing the recipe.I am going to make these soon.

  • jaeli

    it loooks lik play dow

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