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How to make Rainbow Cupcakes

Updated on November 10, 2012

Taste the Rainbow

When I first saw these Rainbow Cupcakes I fell in love. Not only do I love Cupcakes, but I am a Big Fan of Rainbows too. Who would have thought some great planning and some Food Coloring could make such a Fun Treat. If you have never made Rainbow Cupcakes I am going to share with you how you can make some here. It is not as hard as it looks and the end result is Amazing and they will Brighten any Day !!

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Rainbow Cupcake
Rainbow Cupcake

What you will Need to create your Rainbow Cupcakes

Supplies Needed:

~White Cake Mix

~2 Eggs

~1 Cup of Sour Cream

~1/2 Cup of Milk

~1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil

~Wilton Food Coloring Gel in a Rainbow of Colors - 5-6 Colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple)

Mix up all your Ingredients (Cake Mix, Eggs, Sour Cream, Milk and Vegetable Oil) and Beat well.

Next you want to split your Cake Mix into separate Bowls depending on how many colors you will be using. Mix in one color to each of the bowl until you get your desired colors. Line your Cupcake Pan with Liners. Next you will layer each color one at a time into the Cupcake Liners. Start with Purple and layer up to Red. You can reverse the colors - swirl them in, but the layered way will give you what you see in the photo.

Bake as Directed ~ Let Cool ~ Frost and Decorate ~ Pour a Glass of Cold Milk ~ Eat

Cupcake in the photo used only 5 Colors (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Blue)

NOTE: Using the Wilton Food Coloring Gel works best for the Bright Colors. I made a Cake using regular Food Coloring and even though it was pretty the colors were not at all as vibrant as the Rainbow Cupcake you see Pictured by OurBestBites.

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Rainbow Cake
Rainbow Cake

My Rainbow Cake

See the Difference in Colors

The photo you see to your right is the inside of my Rainbow Cake. This cake was actually a Rabbit Cake my son and I made for Easter. It was a last minute thing we decided to do and I let him have reign on mixing up the colors, but we used regular Liquid Food Coloring to do it and you can see how it is not as brilliant as the Cupcakes above. We also prepared our Cake Mix according to the Box and not the way explained above. In addition to that it was made in a Egg Shaped Pan so it was much harder to layer.

We had fun making it and I think it was still fun, but my point is to show you the color difference using Liquid Food Coloring vs. The Wilton's Gel Food Coloring. OH and it was YUMMY too !!!

This is the inside of my Tie Dye Birthday Cake I made - Click on the Photo to see how I made it

Tie Dye Cake
Tie Dye Cake

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      MelloKnitty LM 

      7 years ago

      Wow, I will definitely be trying this with the kids!

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      8 years ago

      Woow, I saw rainbow cupcakes before, but I never read the recipe, because I thought it must be very hard to make them... Now I see it's a piece of cake! Thanks! :)

    • Huntsnan profile image


      8 years ago

      How adorable! Looks like a perfect teenage party snack to me! I love making and decorating cupcakes!

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      8 years ago

      The most colorful rainbow cupcake i've ever seen.

    • cupcakeideas1 profile image


      9 years ago

      I always wondered how this was done. Now I know!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      9 years ago

      Rainboe cupcakes look so bright and cheerful. These will be up for grabs as soon as these come out of the oven. I will definitely try this recipe. Blessed.

    • SaikoNinja profile image


      9 years ago from ???????Fuji Japan

      After reading this lens, I may just bake cupcakes for the first time in my life.

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      9 years ago

      I actually thought of this idea a few weeks ago watching my daughter play with one of her toys. And then they are all over the place. I might try a layered cake for my daughter's birthday.

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      Stacy Birch 

      9 years ago

      They look so cool!!!

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      Barbara Isbill 

      10 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      These look simply Delicious!

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      10 years ago

      Awesome lens! Angel blessings to you! :)

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      10 years ago

      very nice tutorial .. I will try it ... If you want to see some of my cupcakesplease visit

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      10 years ago

      Fantastic idea for cupcakes. Thumbs up favorite and lensrolled to Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

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      10 years ago

      Oooh.... I can see kids just lovin' these! Awesome!

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      10 years ago

      Wow, are these colorful. Great for a party. 5*s

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      clouda9 lm 

      10 years ago

      I'll take my rainbow cupcake in purple, green and yellow ;) Loved this lens and idea!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      I LOVE these. They are so pretty. Gotta try them.

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      Robin S 

      10 years ago from USA

      These are awesome! Thank you for sharing them with us!


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