Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rainbow Cupcakes

My husband is watching Fox News, and there is this columnist on the TV monotonously droning on about who knows what.  I looked up and nearly screamed. The man looked like a vampire!  To find out, his last name is Krauthammer, and he has this thick Transylvanian (or something) accent.  I swear if that man was wearing a black cape and a red bow tie, I would run as fast as I could in the other direction.  I can guarantee that he never eats any Emeril Lagasse recipes because that man would shrivel up and die with all the garlic used in the those recipes.  Bam!

I can promise you that our dear Krauthammer vampire man would not appreciate something as lovely as this rainbow cupcake.  He probably turns his nose at anything that isn't covered in cobwebs and darkness.  My family, however, loves unicorns, astronauts, and rainbows.  These cupcakes were the culminating activity of our St. Patrick's Day festivities, and we loved making them.  We loved eating the even more!  I thought for sure that the colors would run together and be a complete disaster.  Much to my surprise, the layers stayed and looked awesome.  I can't wait to make these again.  
 Rainbow Cupcakes:
source: Familyfun.go.com (I couldn't get the exact site because it was under construction)

1 box white cake mix
food coloring

Preheat the oven according to package directions.

Make the cake according to package directions.

Separate the cake batter into six different bowls.  Add food coloring to make the different colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  I kept mine a bit pastel, but the original recipe on familyfun had very bold colors.  Either way will work.

Place muffin cup liners in a muffin tin.  Scoop about 2 T of each color into the bottom of each muffin cup in the following order:
purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.

I did one color at a time.  I also smoothed out the color the best I could to try to get to fill the whole area.  Some didn't work though.  The cupcakes will still be awesome!

Bake according to package directions.

Cool the cupcakes and frost.  You can use cool whip or white frosting or whatever else floats your boat.

Don't these just make you happy?  I surely hope so.  :)  


  1. Those look so fun. I bet your kids loved them! And Andy.... :)

  2. Good looking cupcakes. Ralph watches Fox News a lot too, did you know Krauthammer is a parapallegic and has been most of his adult life. Very smart man, but you're right, they do ramble on. Kathy B.

  3. HAHAHAHAHAHA Callie!! I'm dying!! I TOTALLY pictured who you were thinking and google imaged the name to confirm. YES!!! Just like dracula!! Or I think he could also be the uncle of Steve Carrell. oh and now... I want cupcakes. :)

  4. I make these for the boys on St. Patty's day - they love all the colors!

  5. Love this recipe! And did you know that Taste of Home is coming May 26 to Las Vegas for a one day cooking demo?? Not that YOU need it, but I'm totally signing up :)