Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe

rainbow cupcakes
These rainbow cupcakes rock!
Somewhere, over the cupcake rainbow . . . is a recipe for making colorful cupcakes. And I will take you there. The popularity of rainbow baked goods seems to have gotten its start with rainbow cake. I can assure you, having made the seven-layer cake myself, that these are much easier to take on.

rainbow cupcakes
A double rainbow of rainbow cupcakes!! Wizard of Oz cupcakes . . .
But why make rainbow cupcakes? For a Wizard of Oz party?  A Pride celebration? Because you want to taste the rainbow? These would be great reasons to make the rainbow cupcake recipe below. But the truth is, rainbow cupcakes don't need a reason. Make them, enjoy them, and feel the satisfaction of sharing these fun cupcakes with some friends.
rainbow cupcakes
A Double "Rainbow Cupcake" Rainbow!
But, no! In fact, I wanted to make an edible double rainbow! If you're still asking "What does it mean?!", then you should watch the double rainbow video on YouTube, which features a hapless hiker freaking out when he sees a double rainbow.

Want to make the rainbow cupcake recipe yourself? 

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

Makes 10-12 large cupcakes
  • Choose any white cake mix from the store.
  • Prepare the batter according to the directions on the back of the box, except substitute 1/2 cup the liquid called for on the back of the box for sour cream so that the batter will be thick enough to support each color layer.
  • Divide the white cake batter equally into 6 clear plastic cups and add food coloring to each. Use gel food coloring, which is more vibrant than liquid food coloring.
  • Add cupcake liners to 10-12 cups of your cupcake pan. Spoon the first cup of colored batter equally among the lined cups. Repeat with the remaining cups. When I did this, about a spoonful from each cup went into each cupcake paper.
  • Bake as directed, but watch closely, they may take longer (5-10 min) than the box suggests, because I'm directing you to add extra batter to each. The extra batter helps the cupcakes dome up into an attractive muffin shape. 

Best of luck with your own rainbow cupcake recipe!

"It's almost . . . a TRIPLE rainbow,"