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rainbow cupcakesYou have a playdate, and there are 4 children and 1 adult.  How do you keep them busy and keep them from burning the house down?  Cook with them.  I found this recipe in the back of the March issue of Family Fun magazine and knew that it could buy me at least a half an hour.  I did get a half an hour out of it, and we all had a very good time making these.  No fighting, no screaming, no meltdowns.  All fun.

Start with a box of white cake mix.  Make it according to the directions on the box.  Separate it into 6 bowls.  Get out some plain old food coloring and get to work.  Make the kids count it out for you.

To make purple:  9 red and 6 blue drops
To make blue:  12 drops
To make green:  12 drops
To make yellow:  12 drops
To make orange:  12 yellow and 4 red drops
To make red:  18 drops

edited 6/12 – I have made these many, many times, and gel food coloring gives a richer, brighter color. Both methods are the same, but the color will be more intense with gel.

Put the kids to work and mix until all one color.

Starting with purple, drop a heaping Tablespoon of batter into a paper lined muffin tin.  Smooth it out a bit before you add the next color.  Repeat until you get to through all of the colors.  Spread the red evenly over the top so that it looks like the cupcake is only red.  There will be a nice surprise when they take a bite.

Bake and let cool.

Frost with your frosting of choice.  I had a can of Rainbow Chip laying around and I was feeling lazy.  Kids don’t really care if it is real buttercream.  They don’t judge.

rainbow cupcakesYour little leprechauns will love making these and sharing them with their friends.  Perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Rainbow Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • To make purple: 9 red and 6 blue drops
  • To make blue: 12 drops
  • To make green: 12 drops
  • To make yellow: 12 drops
  • To make orange: 12 yellow and 4 red drops
  • To make red: 18 drops
  • 1 box of white cake mix

Instructions

  1. Start with a box of white cake mix. Make it according to the directions on the box. Separate it into 6 bowls. Get out some plain old food coloring and get to work. Make the kids count it out for you.
  2. Starting with purple, drop a heaping Tablespoon of batter into a paper lined muffin tin. Smooth it out a bit before you add the next color. Repeat until you get to through all of the colors. Spread the red evenly over the top so that it looks like the cupcake is only red. There will be a nice surprise when they take a bite.
  3. Bake and let cool.
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32 Responses to Rainbow Cupcakes

  1. diana says:

    These look so cool…the kids will love them and they look pretty easy. My kids love cooking with me. Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to try it!

  2. Kristin Faulkner says:

    YYUUUUMMMM! Why wasn’t I invited! J/k What a great idea and how yummy they look. I guess I am just a huge fat kid at heart! Hope all is well!

  3. Betsy Robinson says:

    Love your new blog! Its so fun. And I plan on attempting to make at least a few of these recipes. This is perfect for the kids and I. We might just have to do it today! Thank you!

  4. Jenna says:

    I made these the other day ago, and they were so fun. See page 2 on foodgawker’s website. ;)

  5. Rituparna says:

    This is such a great idea ……….

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  7. These are adorable. I will have to try to make some with some kids I know too! Fun, thanks!

  8. Jordy says:

    These are so cute and fun, I’ve made a rainbow cake, but never made cupcakes before! I’m so excited to try them! I did find with my rainbow cake that Gel food colors work a lot better than the liquid, the gel bakes out so much more vibrant! Fun stuff, great post!

  9. Cara Reed says:

    Wow! I stumbled on your blog from your awesome butterfly snack when I did a google for my son’s preschool snack day. LOVE THE CUPCAKES… girl, you are motivating me to finally get FamilyFun! I love it but haven’t gotten a subscription for some crazy reason. Also: I love your photography! May I ask what camera/lens you use? I know we are strangers, and it’s a shame, because we would be great friends!! Thanks for your creativity!

    Cara Reed

  10. Brianne says:

    Feel free to come back to NJ and make with my kids! They look delish! Thinking I may have to try it out on our family St.Pat’s playdate!

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  12. tamara says:

    How fun are these!! I get Family Fun magazine but hadn’t read through it. Thanks!!!

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  16. Mannat says:

    Hi
    Would love to try this recipe and will do very soon. However, all I need to know is what is the size of the ‘white cake mix’ in terms of weight (grams)?
    Thanks a ton!
    Will tell you how the recipe went on :)

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  18. Yuhan says:

    what’s the temperature needed to bake the cupcakes and for how long ? and serves 12 ?
    thank you :)

  19. Pam says:

    Does the food coloring change the taste of the cake? Thanks!

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  22. Barbara says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe and idea. I made them for my little niece b’day and everybody loved these sweet rainbows!

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