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Rainbow Cupcakes Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Rainbow Cupcakes

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"Rainbow cupcakes or cake, taste the same as normal cupcakes, but more fun to eat! Perfect for kids and people of all ages!"

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Original recipe makes 24 cupcakes Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12 cup muffin pans with paper baking cups. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl until evenly blended; set aside.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the room-temperature eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk mixture, mixing until just incorporated.
  3. Divide the cake batter into four separate bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring into one bowl of batter and stir; add more food coloring, if necessary, to reach the desired shade. Repeat with the remaining colors and bowls of batter.
  4. Using a different spoon for each color batter, spoon a small spoonful of each color into the cupcake liners, until 1/2 to 3/4 full. Do not mix the batter once it is in the cupcake liner. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes clean, about 15 to 20 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 05, 2011

I have made this various times and I love it!!!!! Especially when you take it out of the wrapper and cut it in half to see all the pretty layers!!!! I would definently want all of you to try it!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 17, 2011

very fun, colorful cupcakes that the kids enjoyed making, but they ended up being very dry and crumbly. not sure what they would need to be more moist, but it could use something.

Jun 04, 2011

I need a dessert for a July 4th campout and experminted with this recipe. Instead of using all rainbow colors, I used red, white and blue. Some color did run into the layer beneath but could still tell each color. I put white icing on top and red, white and blue sprinkles on top. They really came out nice. Thanks for a wonderful idea!

Mar 06, 2012

Really fun recipe.. everyone thinks its complicated but it really isnt!

Jul 29, 2011

Great recipe! I did make a few tweaks. I always bake with corn oil instead of vegetable oil and use a lower temperature and have never had an issue cakes being dry. I also used a touch more vanilla and less flour. I didn't have red food dye, so I threw in pinch of cherry jello mix. They looked and tasted great! Definitely will make again!

Jun 19, 2011

I made these but didnt dye the batter I made them for fathers day and dyed food doesn't appeal to my hubby but I needed a white cake mix so used this. Its VERY delicious much more moist than I would of guessed considering how thick the batter was. I pairs it with the rum icing from this site (altered) and they were great and easy to make!

Jun 10, 2011

This was fun to make and it looked really cool. The only down side was that is did not taste amazing. The kids I made it for liked it but for me I think it could have been a little bit tastier.

Oct 03, 2011

Thank you it worked just like you said


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  • Calories
  • 166 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.7 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 34 mg
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 9.3 g
  • 14%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.3 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 154 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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