Rainbow Cupcakes Tutorial

When I asked R (3) what he would like to do today, his response was immediate and loud – “MAKE CUPCAKES!” Ok then! When it came time to decide what colour they should be, the response was a little less decisive. Pink? Green? Blue? So in the end, we decided to make them all of those colours. Rainbow cupcakes!

Here’s a super simple tutorial for making these rainbow cupcakes. I haven’t included a cake or frosting recipe this time as it would have made the post too long. I plan to share my go-to recipe for both the cake and the frosting in a future post. (The frosting recipe is definitely worth the wait! Sooo good!)

You can use any regular plain vanilla or basic white cake mix for these rainbow cupcakes. Make the cake batter according to your recipe’s instructions. Divide the batter into four equal portions, or however many colours you are going to be using. We used four colours so we divided our batter into four portions. Your portions do not have to be exactly equal for these rainbow cupcakes to work. Just go by sight and make them approximately the same.

Next, add a few drops of food colouring to each portion, and mix!

Don’t they look great! Make sure you’ve mixed the colour in thoroughly, with no white cake batter showing.

Prepare a muffin tray by lining it with cupcake cases. Add a spoonful of each colour into each cupcake case. A little tip: to easily remove the batter from the spoon, use two spoons. Use the second spoon to scrape the batter off the first spoon as shown below.

This is how they should look before they go into the oven.

Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe’s instructions and this is what you’ll end up with. So beautiful!

What do they look like inside? Take a look……

So fun!

What’s your favourite flavour of cupcake? Let’s share in the comments.

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Comments
  1. Such eye candy! Love it.

    • Hi Pauline, thanks so much for taking the time to visit and comment. I really appreciate it. :)

  2. Gina @famiglia&seoul

    These look so pretty AND yummy! My favorite flavor of cupcake is vanilla with a chocolate icing…classic!

    • Thanks for visiting Gina and for your lovely comment! I love the classics too, it is R who adores all these bright colors. We made green ones the other week with green icing. Will have to share those soon. Not my cup of tea but he loved them!

  3. inès

    super idée ça fait joli comme colorée ! mes enfants ont essayé de cuisiner c’est vraiment super !hier comme le gouter ils se sont régalés !! merci a vous!!

    • Hi Ines! Thank you so much for visiting and for your lovely comment. The colours are amazing aren’t they? I really hope that your children enjoy making them as much as we did!

  4. These look so easy to make! When I first saw the picture I thought there was no way I would have the culinary skills to make these, but then I read your tutorial, and was so excited to see the recipe is very straight-forward. Very clever, and I can’t wait to try this recipe with my kiddo. :)

    • Hi Didi! I’m so sorry for taking so long to reply. I’ve really missed you during screen free week! I’m so happy that you found the tutorial helpful. I’m really not that handy in the kitchen and I just made these up as we went along. Truly, if I can do this, then anyone can!

  5. Stopping by from the Happy Whimsical Hearts linky. These are just so cute and perfect for a grand finale for our 2 week rainbow unit. We made rainbow spaghetti and rainbow pancakes already. Thanks for sharing. I am going to add this to my Pinterest rainbow board!
    Would love if you could stop by and share on my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen weekly linky.
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2012/04/kids-and-mom-in-kitchen-crescent-roll.html

    • Hi KewKew! Thank you so much fo visiting and for your kind words! I was so excited to read that you would be using these for your rainbow unit. Did you end up making them? I would love to hear about it. R and I are busy in the kitchen together all the time so I’ll be sure to link u with your weekly linky. Thank you so much for inviting me over!

  6. These look amazing. what food colouring did you use, I have never been able to get anything that vibrant with the useless stuff you can buy in our supermarkets. Is it special stuff from a cake decorating place?

    • Hi Ray! I often use gel food colouring but for these cupcakes I just used regular Queen’s liquid food colouring – I’m guessing you have the same brand in the UK. It’s call Queen’s and it has a pic of Queen Victoria on it. I just buy it at the supermarket. I’m not organised enough to go and get special cake decorating stuff! ;)

  7. What gorgeous and yummy looking cupcakes! I love the bright colours :-) We will have to try these.

    And thanks for sharing on Happy lil ❤’s are baking

    • Hi Kelly! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment. Your Happy lil <3 's are baking linky is a favourite of mine. I'm so excited to be joining in.

  8. Wow what fun and colorful cupcakes. We will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing! Have a great week!!

    Mama Of Many Blessings

    • Hi Mama of Many Blessings. Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you have fun making these!

  9. Hi Ness! This post is so good that I had to revisit to ask you if I may please feature this (with a picture from your post) as part of my roundup of this week’s Weekly Kids Co-op party? I would also love to pin a picture from your post onto our very popular Weekly Kids’ Co-op interest board :). Hope to hear from you soon.

    • Hi Pauline! Wow, thank you! I’d be honoured for you to feature these on your site. I’m a pinner on the Weekly Kids Co-Op Pinterest board too but I completely forgot to add these to that board (I need to keep better track of these things!) so yes, please, pin away! Thanks again. :)

  10. Alicia

    My daughter will love these!! One suggestion I thought of since my daughter is only four and the spoon manipulation may be a little challenging….would it be a bit easier to put the batter into plastic bags, cut the tips and pipe the “spoonfuls” into the cups?

    • Hi Alicia! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Absolutely! I think the plastic bags are a great idea! The other really great benefit of using the bags is that it would be a great strengthening exercise for little hands – it’s really important to build up hand muscles for later writing skills an pencil control. Maybe you could try both methods and see what works best for your daughter? R is not quite 4 yet, and he managed with the 2 spoon method just fine, but I think he’d struggle with the plastic bag method. It’s interesting isn’t it? How individual they all are with these things. You could also let your daughter just scoop bits of batter out with her hands and drop them into the muffin tin – cooking and sensory play in one!

  11. this is such a fun baking project! i pinned it onto 2 of my boards! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

    • Thank you Andie! These were so insanely bright we needed sunglasses to eat them but they were a lot of fun to make and anything that hold’s R’s interest in the kitchen is good in my books!!

  12. Oh yum! Now this is tasting the rainbow! Thanks for sharing with Tuesday Tots! I have pinned it to the Tuesday Tots board

    • Hi Crystal! Thank you for hosting such a great link up. I love Tuesday Tots. Thank you so much for pinning this!

  13. I just tried making some the other day and they were so much fun!

  14. Katie

    These look SO fun!
    I think i will bake some today for my mom’s birthday!
    Have you by any chance posted your go-to frosting recipe? I am searching for the right go-to frosting for me!

    Thanks :)

    • Hi Katie. Thank you for stopping by! I haven’t posted about our go-to frosting recipe yet. I really must get on to that, thanks for the reminder! Basically the recipe I use is 1 cup of butter, 1 tblsp of vanilla, 4 cups of icing sugar and 5 tablespoons of cream. Beat the butter and icing sugar together then beat in the vanilla and cream. Add food colouring if you wish. Yum!

  15. I just want to eat these up! But I’m writing because I run a sensory site and am looking for great ideas for Thanksgiving And as any parent, we’re looking for terrific Thanksgiving crafts and ideas for the kiddos. Add a link to your craft idea on your blog. Here’s the link to share and get more traffic to your site… http://thesensoryspectrumblog.com/2012/11/04/calling-all-bloggers-fun-family-thanksgiving-crafts-ideas-wanted/

  16. JD

    Hi there,

    Not sure where I went wrong… but mine came out very plain, very anemic looking. I used Blue, Green, Red and Yellow – Yellow was the only color that I could see properly. All the other colors came out plain – and when I opened the oven I had a lot and I mean a LOT of steam, not sure why I often bake but that has never happened before. I appreciate any advice xx

  17. Spot on with this write-up, I seriously think this amazing site needs a lot more attention.

    I’ll probbably be returning to read more,
    thanks for the info!

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