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Colorful Rainbow Tie Dye Cupcakes made from Food Coloring Recipe: Cup Cakes for Weddings, Parties, Holidays and more!

Updated on April 9, 2017
Rainbow Cupcakes
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Cupcakes have been a widely accepted treat for a very long time. Enjoy this yummy cup cake for kids birthday, holidays and have even become a popular trend at weddings in leu of the expensive, customized wedding cake. The outsides of cupcakes usually are decorated beautifully with icing, sprinkles and wrapping that is colorful, or shiny. What about the interior? Most cupcakes are just white, yellow or brown from the flavored batter, but nothing to write a Hub article about - hah! Put your cupcakes into cupcake baking cups that are just as colorful and you will have a hit with everyone.

So in my quest to experiment on new and fun treats for my family, I came across the "tie-dyed" cupcake! One bite and your kids (or wedding guests!) will be surprised at the beautiful colors found inside! So pre-heat that oven and get started. Don't forget the tall glass of milk!

4.7 stars from 3 ratings of Rainbow Cupcakes

Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: 24
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® White Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 container vanilla frosting
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Red food coloring
  • Green food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Orange food coloring, (made by mixing)
  • Purple food coloring, (made by mixing)


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place white paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. Make cake batter as directed on box for cupcakes, using water, oil and eggs.
  3. Divide batter evenly among 6 medium bowls. You will dye each bowl separately.
  4. Drop the following amounts of food coloring into the bowls (One color per bowl) -- Blue bowl: 12 blue drops. -- Red bowl: 18 drops red. -- Purple bowl: 9 red + 6 blue drops. -- Orange bowl: 12 yellow + 4 red drops. -- Green bowl: 12 green drops. -- Yellow bowl : 12 yellow drops. Mix into batter thoroughly.
  5. Using a tablespoon of each color batter, place them into each muffin cup, layering colors in order of rainbow—red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Each cup will be about half full. Note: Do NOT mix them, we want the uniform rainbow effect, stirring will just end up with something gross.
  6. Bake according to cake mix directions or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.
  7. Remove cupcakes from pans; place on cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  8. Once cooled, top with fluffy white icing and add rainbow sprinkles. Enjoy!


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      Stephanie 4 years ago from Canada

      So happy you like the idea! I hope your kids enjoy them!

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Me and my kids are going have to give these a try. They look like a lot of fun. Thanks for the share

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      Dil Vil 5 years ago from India

      Great recipe, well organized article and well written as well. Good work! Very colorful and mouth watering pic.

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      Stephanie 5 years ago from Canada

      @Thundermama: I'm glad you enjoyed them. The last time I made them was actually for my husband's birthday (he's not a kid, but still loves his sweets) Thanks for the vote and share! Let me know if you try it and how the natural food dye turns out!

      @glassvisage: Definitely beware if you spill it on your clothing, haha!

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Wondering if a natural food dye would yield an interesting result, obviously not as vibrant, might try it.

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Eek! Beware the food dye! lol

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      These look amazing! So colorful. I imagine these would be very popular at a birthday party. Voted up and sharing.