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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Rainbow Cupcakes

Last year, my oldest was obsessed with Tangled. So, when her birthday came around she had to have a Tangled cake. She wanted it to be rainbow inside, so I made a rainbow layer cake & handed it off to the family cake maker, Aunt Lisa. She did an amazing job on the cake & it was so cool to see my little girl's eyes lit up when she saw it. 

Her birthday falls on St. Patrick's day, so we have done a couple of Irish/rainbow themed parties in her day. This year she wanted another rainbow cake; but, this year her little sister is on the move so I don't have the time to be in the kitchen for 2 hours straight. Some how I convinced her to do cupcakes instead & they turned out great! Here is the tutorial should you want to make some for yourself.

What You'll Need:
{This yielded 16 very big cupcakes for me}

* 2 boxes of white cake mix & whatever it requires
* 6 bowls
* 6 spoons
* Food Coloring
* Cupcake pans

First you'll want to make the cake mix according to the box; then you'll divide it into the 6 bowls. Add food coloring until the desire shade of each color is achieved. I ended up using the whole red one because I used it for red, orange & purple. 

Line your cupcake pans. How cute is this? The baby wanted to help make cupcakes! 

Start with the purple and add a small spoonful. Aww, she is so cute, I just could help but let her help :)


Next spoon blue on top of the purple & continue working backward through the rainbow bowls. Here is what it will look like. Instead of taking a picture after each color, I just did this to show you.

By the time you reach red, you should reach the top of the liner. Don't worry, it will make up & muffin over. The kids all went crazy at the size & color of these cupcakes, so it'll be ok. ;)


Look at what it did to the wrappers ~ so cool!

As always,
Happy Crafting!


  1. LOVE, love, LoVe! I love those cup cakes!! I wish we could have been there! GOod job, Shani!

  2. Thanks Amy! We wish you guys were here for it too :)

  3. Great cupcakes!!! They look so bright & pretty. I can't wait to make these with my son. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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  4. I can't wait to try this idea!

  5. I remember making rainbow cakes when I was younger. Going to do this again!!

  6. Awesome! I'm going to have to make these with my kids :) I always wondered how they were made and never thought to look it up. Too cool!

  7. that g reat wow i never seen it
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  8. this is great! dd's 2nd bday, in july, will be rainbow themed and i had contemplated doing the rainbow cake, where you bake all the layers separately and then stack and then frost, but cupcakes are much easier!

    1. That how I made her cake last year, if you click on the link at the top of the post there is a tutorial for the rainbow layer cake. It was a beautiful cake, but it was sooo time consuming that I decided to make cupcakes instead this year. ;)

  9. How totally cute the cake and cupcakes! You are one crafty person. I can't even make my jello colors stay separate lol I am going to try those cupcakes though (noone will know what they were suppose to look like wink.)
    Gladys P

    1. Haha! I almost went for jello, but I was afraid that it would come out as a brown goo that no body would eat. Jello & I aren't that good of friends either ;)

  10. That is so neato!Such a kid friendly cupcake.

  11. if only i had the patience to make something as cute as these rainbow cupcakes. LOL