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Rainbow Food Ideas for Easter or a Kid's Party

Updated on April 18, 2014
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Bernadyn is a writer who contributes her work to various websites and magazines and is the Owner/Director for the website, B is 4.

Teach Kids About Rainbows While They Help Make Rainbow Food

Rainbows are fascinating to children and serving rainbow food can be a good opportunity to teach kids how rainbows are formed. Let your kids help in making some of the rainbow food ideas in this article while you tell them some rainbows facts.

Here are some fun ways to teach them about these colorful creations while in the kitchen:

  • Let them add the drops of food coloring into each bowl while explaining that rain droplets are an important part of how a rainbow is made.
  • Let them take a toothpick and swirl the colors if you are making a cake with rainbow swirls. Explain to them how the sunlight separates the colors.
  • Let them pour sprinkles on top of the icing for double the rainbow effect while you discuss with them about double rainbows and how they are formed.

Add More Color to Your Party with a Rainbow

What child doesn't like rainbows? I remember getting excited whenever I spotted a rainbow, no matter how big or small. It could be just a tiny one in a corner of our driveway after washing a car or one that filled the sky and could be seen from a far distance while we drove down the highway. Either way, I remember always searching for one after the rain cleared. It was also fun to think about what was at the end of the rainbow!

When kids see a rainbow, whether it be in the sky, a book or on a cupcake, it can spark a smile on their face. Parties are a place where you want to keep kids smiling, happy and actually wanting to eat the food!

So, why not add a swirl or a sprinkle of rainbows into the food for your next gathering with children? See the fun ideas below!

Rainbow Cupcakes for a Kids' Party

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Bright or pastel-colored rainbow cupcakes will be a hit at a child's party.Make the cake batter and icing both rainbow-colored.  Keep reading for instructions and  more ideas for rainbow-colored food!
Bright or pastel-colored rainbow cupcakes will be a hit at a child's party.
Bright or pastel-colored rainbow cupcakes will be a hit at a child's party. | Source
Make the cake batter and icing both rainbow-colored.  Keep reading for instructions and  more ideas for rainbow-colored food!
Make the cake batter and icing both rainbow-colored. Keep reading for instructions and more ideas for rainbow-colored food! | Source

Recipe for Buttercream Icing

You can buy ready-made decorating icing or make your own buttercream icing.

You Will Need:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk or water, adding more if icing is too thick
  • Vanilla extract for flavor
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix butter, vegetable shortening, water or milk and vanilla extract.
  2. Stir in powdered sugar and salt until well-combined. It is easier to mix the icing using an electric mixer. Add in more milk or water, if necessary.
  3. Separate icing into separate bowls and drop in a different color of food gel into each bowl. Start with one drop at a time and stir well until you achieve the desired color.
  4. Put a different colored icing one at a time in piping bag. Squeeze out icing in a circular motion on top of cupcake.

Keep reading below for a white cupcake rainbow recipe.

Rainbow Easter Cupcakes

These rainbow cupcakes are a cute dessert idea for Easter or anytime you are in the mood for a pastel-colored rainbow.
These rainbow cupcakes are a cute dessert idea for Easter or anytime you are in the mood for a pastel-colored rainbow. | Source

Marshmallows for Rainbows

Marshmallows are a favorite treat for kids. You can use marshmallows as clouds for your rainbow food. You can also sprinkle rainbow-colored sprinkles onto marshmallows for quick, colorful marshmallow pops. Try sprinkling one color of each sprinkle color onto marshmallows and color coordinate them into the rainbow spectrum.


Use Egg Cartons to Hold Mini Cupcakes

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These mini cupcakes fit perfectly in an egg carton, a great gift idea for Easter or a fun, Eco-friendly way to display them on the food table.You can cut the egg carton to place each cupcake in, too.Instead of icing, you can also use whipped cream and sprinkle the top.
These mini cupcakes fit perfectly in an egg carton, a great gift idea for Easter or a fun, Eco-friendly way to display them on the food table.
These mini cupcakes fit perfectly in an egg carton, a great gift idea for Easter or a fun, Eco-friendly way to display them on the food table. | Source
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You can cut the egg carton to place each cupcake in, too.
You can cut the egg carton to place each cupcake in, too. | Source
Instead of icing, you can also use whipped cream and sprinkle the top.
Instead of icing, you can also use whipped cream and sprinkle the top. | Source

Rainbow Cupcakes

Cast your vote for Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 24

Ingredients for Rainbow Cupcakes

  • 1 box White cake mix
  • 3 or more colors of food coloring, preferably gel so it is easier to drop it in
  • Buttercream decorating Icing
  • Sprinkles, candy, etc., optional

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with cupcake liners. (Use white liners so you can see the rainbow of different colors when done baking).
  2. Follow directions on box. When done mixing all ingredients, separate batter into individual bowls. The amount of bowls you will need depends on however many colors you are using.
  3. Use a different food coloring in each bowl. If you want lighter, pastel colors, be careful not to put too much food coloring in each bowl. One drop of each using colors like red and blue were enough to make light pink and light blue. For colors like yellow, you may need to put more. Start with one drop at a time and mix well before adding in more drops.
  4. You can use a piping bag or a large gallon zip up bag to pour colors into cupcake liners. Using a bag will make the colors line up better, one on top of the other, or you can just take a small spoon to spoon in colors for an uneven, swirl effect.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. While cupcakes are baking, make icing. Keep reading below for rainbow icing. When cupcakes are completely cooled, apply icing.

You Don't Have to Cover the Rainbow with Icing

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Serve these mini rainbow cupcakes on a platter at the party for a colorful table setting. I did not want to put icing on these since most of the rainbow coloring shows at the top.  They were still tasty and my kids ate them!Add in one color of cake batter at a time. You can take a toothpick and swirl around the colors before putting it in oven.The swirl effect from these colors make these cupcakes also good for a tie-dye party!
Serve these mini rainbow cupcakes on a platter at the party for a colorful table setting. I did not want to put icing on these since most of the rainbow coloring shows at the top.  They were still tasty and my kids ate them!
Serve these mini rainbow cupcakes on a platter at the party for a colorful table setting. I did not want to put icing on these since most of the rainbow coloring shows at the top. They were still tasty and my kids ate them! | Source
Add in one color of cake batter at a time.
Add in one color of cake batter at a time. | Source
You can take a toothpick and swirl around the colors before putting it in oven.
You can take a toothpick and swirl around the colors before putting it in oven. | Source
The swirl effect from these colors make these cupcakes also good for a tie-dye party!
The swirl effect from these colors make these cupcakes also good for a tie-dye party! | Source

Pick Up This Mini Muffin Pan for Your Mini Cupcakes

Separate Batter to Make Rainbow Colors

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This cake batter was actually not a white cake so the colors came out a little different.  I only used one drop on most of the colors for a pastel rainbow to fit the Easter theme.To achieve one layer of each color more evenly, pipe batter into cupcake liner using a piping bag.  I used a spoon for these instead, letting the colors swirl and mix with each other.Use a mini muffin pan to make these smaller cupcakes.
This cake batter was actually not a white cake so the colors came out a little different.  I only used one drop on most of the colors for a pastel rainbow to fit the Easter theme.
This cake batter was actually not a white cake so the colors came out a little different. I only used one drop on most of the colors for a pastel rainbow to fit the Easter theme. | Source
To achieve one layer of each color more evenly, pipe batter into cupcake liner using a piping bag.  I used a spoon for these instead, letting the colors swirl and mix with each other.
To achieve one layer of each color more evenly, pipe batter into cupcake liner using a piping bag. I used a spoon for these instead, letting the colors swirl and mix with each other. | Source
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Use a mini muffin pan to make these smaller cupcakes.
Use a mini muffin pan to make these smaller cupcakes. | Source
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How to Make Rainbow Icing

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Separate Icing into small bowls and drop separate colors of the food coloring into each bowl.  Start with one drop at a time to achieve the color you want.Use a piping bag or plastic zip lock bag to put in icing.  Put in one color at a time, then cut a small hole at one end of bag.
Separate Icing into small bowls and drop separate colors of the food coloring into each bowl.  Start with one drop at a time to achieve the color you want.
Separate Icing into small bowls and drop separate colors of the food coloring into each bowl. Start with one drop at a time to achieve the color you want. | Source
Use a piping bag or plastic zip lock bag to put in icing.  Put in one color at a time, then cut a small hole at one end of bag.
Use a piping bag or plastic zip lock bag to put in icing. Put in one color at a time, then cut a small hole at one end of bag. | Source

How to Make Rainbow Pasta

Creative Ways to Make Rainbow Colors

There are multiple ways to eat the rainbow. In the video here, it shows a simple way to create rainbow pasta, a fun way for your kids to enjoy eating spaghetti for dinner or for you to serve at a party.

You do not always have to use food coloring to make rainbow food, however. Just get creative using:

  • candy
  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • sprinkles
  • Jello powder

Get Creative with Mini Rainbow Cupcakes

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Mini rainbow cupcakes can be enjoyed in so many ways, like topping them on ice cream cones.Line the ice cream cone first with sprinkles.  You can use ice cream to help the sprinkles stick.Mini rainbow cupcakes look so colorful on party tables.  Put some in jars and use a bamboo skewer to take them out.  These cakes were tasty without icing...my kids loved it!Easy rainbow cake pops
Mini rainbow cupcakes can be enjoyed in so many ways, like topping them on ice cream cones.
Mini rainbow cupcakes can be enjoyed in so many ways, like topping them on ice cream cones. | Source
Line the ice cream cone first with sprinkles.  You can use ice cream to help the sprinkles stick.
Line the ice cream cone first with sprinkles. You can use ice cream to help the sprinkles stick. | Source
Mini rainbow cupcakes look so colorful on party tables.  Put some in jars and use a bamboo skewer to take them out.  These cakes were tasty without icing...my kids loved it!
Mini rainbow cupcakes look so colorful on party tables. Put some in jars and use a bamboo skewer to take them out. These cakes were tasty without icing...my kids loved it! | Source
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Easy rainbow cake pops
Easy rainbow cake pops | Source

Ideas for More Rainbow Food

Fruit
Vegetables
Other Food
Drinks
Put them on bamboo skewers
Put different colored vegetables in small cups or containers with dipping sauce at the bottom
Rainbow waffles
Line up different colored drinks (lemonade, orange juice, fruit punch) for guests to choose their own beverage
Form a rainbow on a serving platter
Form a rainbow on a serving platter
Rainbow spaghetti noodles
Make a punch with different colored fruit floating
Color coordinate rainbow colors in individual jars to serve
Make a salad using a variety of colored vegetables
Rainbow fruit snacks
 
 
 
Rainbow pancakes
 
 
 
Rainbow pudding
 
 
 
Rainbow snow cone
 
 
 
Rainbow popsicles
 

Rainbow Cake in a Jar and Rainbow Angel Food Cake

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Rainbow cake in a jar: You can cook the rainbow cake right in the jar or after the cake is baked, place some in jar and top with icing and sprinkles.  For this cake, I just used cool whip topping and a marshmallow Peep for Easter.I meant to make a rainbow cake using Angel Food Cake but it ended up falling apart so I threw it into this pie pan, topped with cool whip and marshmallow Peeps.  The next picture shows the finished product.Crumbled Rainbow Angel Food Cake topped with cool whip and whipped cream.A quick dessert for Easter -kids will enjoy eating it even more when they cut into this and discover a rainbow inside!
Rainbow cake in a jar: You can cook the rainbow cake right in the jar or after the cake is baked, place some in jar and top with icing and sprinkles.  For this cake, I just used cool whip topping and a marshmallow Peep for Easter.
Rainbow cake in a jar: You can cook the rainbow cake right in the jar or after the cake is baked, place some in jar and top with icing and sprinkles. For this cake, I just used cool whip topping and a marshmallow Peep for Easter. | Source
I meant to make a rainbow cake using Angel Food Cake but it ended up falling apart so I threw it into this pie pan, topped with cool whip and marshmallow Peeps.  The next picture shows the finished product.
I meant to make a rainbow cake using Angel Food Cake but it ended up falling apart so I threw it into this pie pan, topped with cool whip and marshmallow Peeps. The next picture shows the finished product. | Source
Crumbled Rainbow Angel Food Cake topped with cool whip and whipped cream.
Crumbled Rainbow Angel Food Cake topped with cool whip and whipped cream. | Source
A quick dessert for Easter -kids will enjoy eating it even more when they cut into this and discover a rainbow inside!
A quick dessert for Easter -kids will enjoy eating it even more when they cut into this and discover a rainbow inside! | Source

Rainbow Milkshakes

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Start with coating the inside of the bottle with syrup or corn syrup so sprinkles will stick.  Pour in the sprinkles, rotating the bottle to spread them out.  Line rim with syrup and sprinkles, optional.Pour in the milkshake.  Add whip cream at top with more sprinkles, if desired.  (Inspired from smartschoolhouse.com).
Start with coating the inside of the bottle with syrup or corn syrup so sprinkles will stick.  Pour in the sprinkles, rotating the bottle to spread them out.  Line rim with syrup and sprinkles, optional.
Start with coating the inside of the bottle with syrup or corn syrup so sprinkles will stick. Pour in the sprinkles, rotating the bottle to spread them out. Line rim with syrup and sprinkles, optional. | Source
Pour in the milkshake.  Add whip cream at top with more sprinkles, if desired.  (Inspired from smartschoolhouse.com).
Pour in the milkshake. Add whip cream at top with more sprinkles, if desired. (Inspired from smartschoolhouse.com). | Source

More Party Ideas for Rainbow Food

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Easy and quick rainbow party food idea: Neapolitan ice cream in a jar topped with colorful circus animal cookies!Can also use vanilla ice cream and top it with rainbow-colored sprinkles but cookies with it are an extra treat for kids!Rainbow Jello in a jar.  Use small jars to serve kids at party.  Start with letting one color of Jello firm at a time, then add another layer of colored Jello.Marshmallow pops are easy and fun party foods: Insert a lollipop stick or bamboo skewer into a jumbo marshmallow, dip in a bowl of water and sprinkle.You can serve these rainbow-sprinkled circus animal cookies in individual containers for easy party snacks.
Easy and quick rainbow party food idea: Neapolitan ice cream in a jar topped with colorful circus animal cookies!
Easy and quick rainbow party food idea: Neapolitan ice cream in a jar topped with colorful circus animal cookies! | Source
Can also use vanilla ice cream and top it with rainbow-colored sprinkles but cookies with it are an extra treat for kids!
Can also use vanilla ice cream and top it with rainbow-colored sprinkles but cookies with it are an extra treat for kids! | Source
Rainbow Jello in a jar.  Use small jars to serve kids at party.  Start with letting one color of Jello firm at a time, then add another layer of colored Jello.
Rainbow Jello in a jar. Use small jars to serve kids at party. Start with letting one color of Jello firm at a time, then add another layer of colored Jello. | Source
Marshmallow pops are easy and fun party foods: Insert a lollipop stick or bamboo skewer into a jumbo marshmallow, dip in a bowl of water and sprinkle.
Marshmallow pops are easy and fun party foods: Insert a lollipop stick or bamboo skewer into a jumbo marshmallow, dip in a bowl of water and sprinkle. | Source
You can serve these rainbow-sprinkled circus animal cookies in individual containers for easy party snacks.
You can serve these rainbow-sprinkled circus animal cookies in individual containers for easy party snacks. | Source

Make Rainbow Pasta from Squash Noodles

I recently discovered a pasta noodle substitute using the vegetable, squash. It is a healthy substitute and the different colors that squash come in can make a rainbow on your plate as long as you use a variety of squash. Here is a link to my blog post if you are interested in how to make this simple squash noodles recipe:

Easy Squash Pasta Noodles

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

I think rainbows are one of the most beautiful things that exist. They are a gift and seeing one is always a pleasure. Brighten up your next party or someone's day by making them a rainbow treat. Somewhere over that rainbow, whether it be rainbow spaghetti or rainbow cupcakes... there is sure to be a happy face!


©BNadyn 2014


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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Rainbows remind me of being a kid again, too. Thank you, Ireno, glad you liked it!

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    Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    I feel like a child again upon seeing this hub of yours. Liked it!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, yes I love lots of colors for kids. Oh yes, I know when mine are grown I'll miss these days!

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    travmaj 3 years ago from australia

    This looks like such a fun way to cater for a kid's party. Love all the wonderful colours. No-one could be disappointed with such an array of rainbow coloured food. Sadly my lot are grown now. ..

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, travel_man1971! Have a great weekend. :)

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    Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

    Kids will go gaga (ever) with your rainbow ideas! Even me.:)

    It's so mouth-watering!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, they were fun to make with the kids, they like to put their hands in everything!

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    Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Colorful treats , for sure. These look like fun, and a great way to make wonderful memories with the kids. I love that!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you! I think you might as well get in some teaching moments without the kids feeling like they're in a class room.

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love your emphasis on being educational while having fun. Life is an endless teaching moment when you have young children. Excellent job on this one.