Tuesday, March 16, 2010

TASTY TUESDAY – Rainbow cupcakes

I recently saw some rainbow cupcakes on a blog(I can’t remember which one) and I thought they looked so bright and fun…perfect for St. Patrick’s Day AND the gloomy weather we’ve been having!!  I searched and found the picture and recipe at Our Best Bites.


Colorburst Cupcakes
1 white cake mix
2 eggs
1 C sour cream
1/2 C milk
1/3 C vegetable oil
Combine all ingredients until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on med-high speed for 3 minutes.
Divide batter according to how many colors you are using. I used 5 colors and it worked out to a little over 1 cup for each color.
Use food coloring to color batter to desired intensity. I used a 1/4 t and they were very bright! You could easily make pastel rainbows using a little less.

To get a layered stripe like I used, you'll want to put a spoonful of each color in the cupcake one at a time. The batter is thick, so it won't spread on it's own. A great tip is to set out a little bowl of water where you're working. Dip your finger in the water and then gently spread the batter out. The water will make it so the batter doesn't stick to your fingers.
Another tip is to use a measuring spoon and some water to measure out how many teaspoons/tablespoons are going to fit in your cupcake. Then divide that by how many colors you have so you know how much of each color to use for each cupcake. For my 5 colors, it worked out perfectly with 2 t of each color in each cupcake. So I put in 2 t of blue in the bottom of each cupcake and spread it out with my finger. Then I put in 2 t of green on top of that, then yellow, etc.
Bake them according to the package directions, until a toothpick comes out dry. Check these babies out! I swear I didn't photoshop these. True crazy colors. I love how you can see the rainbow through the papers. If you want blue on top, just reverse the order (duh, right?)

- Happy baking, Cammie


  1. My 3 yr old saw that great picture and now we're off to the grocery store to get the ingredients to make them. Thanks for the great recipe and how to!

  2. I saw these the other day too and decided to plan my daughter's 3rd birthday around them!! A Rainbow Theme, plus I heard that Rainbow Brite is coming back, so these would be perfect!! I plan on making awesome cupcake toppers to match them too! I can't wait!

  3. Super cute! I have 2 birthdays coming up and these would be awesome!! Thanks for the tip!