Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbows make everything better, especially when it rains. You could be having THE worst day but the second you see a rainbow you can’t help but smile. Personally I think everything is more fun when it’s full of those beautiful rainbow colors. These rainbow cupcakes are the perfect example of something that’s better with color. If I walked into a bakery and they had a rainbow cupcake I would be buying it without a second thought.

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You may be wondering how I got my colors so vibrant. Well, I didn’t use liquid food coloring. I have found that liquid food coloring doesn’t give me the colors I desire. My boyfriend got me this set of gel food coloring for my birthday and ever since then I have been in love. If you use a lot of food coloring it’s definitely worth purchasing. When my little bottles empty I plan on buying the bigger ones.

Rainbow Cupcakes via Sweet as a Cookie

The really nice thing about gel food coloring is that a little goes a long way. With liquid food coloring I probably would have had to use a hole bottle and it still wouldn’t have turned out as vibrant. I used about a pea sized amount for each bowl of cake batter and the colors turned out this bright.

Rainbow Cupcakes via Sweet as a Cookie

These cupcakes would be a hit with kids. I know I couldn’t wait to cut mine open to see all the pretty colors, so I can only imagine a child’s reaction after they take their first bite. When I have children I will be making these for special occasions. I can’t wait to come up with other holiday cupcakes. I could even throw in some flavor 😉

Rainbow Cupcakes via Sweet as a Cookie

 Do you see the wrappers ?  They look tie-dyed, I wish I could keep them! I don’t think my boyfriend would approve of used cupcake wrappers lying around the house, haha.

Rainbow Cupcakes
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The best vanilla cupcake with a rainbow facelift.
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  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  3. 3 eggs
  4. 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
  8. 1/4 cup 2% milk
  9. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple food coloring
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  3. 2 tsp. heavy whipping cream or milk
  4. 1 tsp. clear vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer combine butter and sugar until fluffy.
  3. Once fluffy mix in eggs one at a time.
  4. Mix in vanilla.
  5. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. With the mixer on low add in 1/3 of the flour mixture, 1/8 cup of milk, another 1/3 of the flour mixture, the rest of the milk, and the rest of the flour mixture.
  7. Evenly divide batter into 6 bowls.
  8. Add one color to each bowl, mixing until combined.
  9. Place a small amount of each color into a lined cupcake pan.
  10. (I layered mine but you could do it messier to achieve a tie-dye look)
  11. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  12. Allow to cool before frosting.
  1. In a large bowl cream together butter, vanilla and heavy whipping cream.
  2. Once combined slowly mix in sifted powdered sugar.
  3. Mix until frosting is light and fluffy.
  1. I used a 1M tip for frosting.
Adapted from Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
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    Alice W.
    April 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Love these!

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    Terri Oliver Steffes
    January 19, 2016 at 4:33 PM

    May I use one photo and the link to your blog from this post for a rainbow cupcake round up I am doing? Thank you for your consideration!
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