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Rainbow Cupcakes {How To}

My 6 year old, Reagan, has been super excited to attend her end of season soccer party this week. We signed up to bring cupcakes, and we decided to try making them with rainbow batter.

We made a couple of batches before the big party to make sure they would turn out alright. They are super simple to make and everyone was impressed and wondered how we did it!

You can use a box or make your own white cake mix.

1. Mix batter as usual.

2. Using 6 bowls, divide the batter evenly between them.

3. In the first bowl mix in red food coloring. In the second, orange, then, yellow, green, blue, and purple. (I like to use this gel food coloring to get really bright colors.)

4. Beginning with purple, layer a small spoonful of each color in muffin cups. We tried carefully spreading the colors around, but the cupcakes always turned out with mixed colors no matter how careful we were.

5. Bake according to directions.

6. Allow to cool and add frosting. Or if you can't wait, break them open and marvel at the colors while you gobble them up!

Reagan had so much fun making these rainbow cupcakes, and her soccer team loved them!

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  1. These look amazing! Going to make them for my husband’s belated birthday treat. Poor guy’s birthday fell the week I started new job so need to make an out of the ordinary treat.

  2. I don’t usually do dyes. But, making rainbow cupcakes was so much fun!

  3. Those look amazing! I think I know what I am making for my next kid birthday!

  4. I made rainbow cupcakes for my son’s 8th birthday. They were a big hit, and so cute! I topped them with white icing and rainbow sprinkles. And for Memorial Day, I made patriotic cupcakes the same way, but layered blue, white and red, then topped with white icing and blue and red sprinkles. So festive! (Actually, I’m eating one right now.)

    PS — love your blog!

  5. Kimberly says:

    Thank you! My eight year old and I are going to make these today. Great idea!!

    • Kimberly says:

      By the way, we seperated each color into a little Ziplock baggie. Then I cut a tiny hole in a corner and let my daughter layer the colors that way. We used the neon gel colors. They turned out really cool!!

  6. Oh I can’t WAIT to make these with my 7 yr old daughter!! BTW-It’s hard to look away from your daughter’s gorgeous eyes to the cupcake!!


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