Rainbow Cupcakes

rainbow cupcakes

There’s something about crazy colorful desserts that is a big hit at my house…remember those Kool Aid cookies I made recently? Well let me tell you-these rainbow cupcakes hit it out of the park! Even my hubby loved them and may or may not have snuck some into his lunch to take to work today! (He’s not a huge sweets guy.)

They are soooo easy to make too. All I did was make a normal box of white cake mix and divide into six bowls. I used gel food coloring to dye the batter without affecting the taste.

cupcake colors

Once I had all my colored batters (is that a real word?) ready I started adding them to the muffin pan. I started with purple and worked my way backwards through the rainbow adding a spoonful of batter in each color. (Forgive the dark kitchen pics!)

cucpcake batter

Once they cooked and cooled I used Vanilla Cool Whip frosting (I found it in the freezer section-so light and tasty!) but you could use any frosting you like…and topped it with rainbow sprinkles.

close up rainbow cupcakes

Easy and delicious and cute as a bonus!! I think they are perfect for St. Paddy’s Day, Springtime, Easter, or even just for a birthday party! When would you make them?

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  1. says

    Hi Melissa, I LOVE how bright, colorful and just plain cheerful these cupcakes look! This was a bright pick me up to start my day. What a great cupcake for Easter or Spring! Thanks for sharing and am pinning these! Have a happy Wednesday. :)

  2. says

    I just saw these over at Practically Functional and thought OMG how adorable and then click the link and come to your site … EVEN better!!!!!! LOVE, Love Love everything rainbow!

  3. says

    They look amazing, I can never get the colours as bright and vibrant! But I need to say, there is no such thing as St. Patty….It’s St. Patrick or St. Paddy, Patron Saint of Ireland, cause Patty is a girls name…

    • Melissa says

      I used gel food coloring to get the colors bright-it really didn’t take much! And I changed it to St. Paddy’s-I didn’t know that! I just assumed Pat was short for Patrick so it would be Patty’s!

      • says

        Thank you! Yeah for some reason Pat and Patrick goes to Paddy, it would make sense for it to be Patty! Crazy Irish logic! The Irish for Patrick is Padráig, so that could be where the dd is from!

        What brand of gel colouring do you find the best?

    • Melissa says

      I didn’t try regular food coloring, my grocery store only carries the gel kind. My only concern with using the liquid kind would be they sometimes alter the taste if you use a lot (I learned that the hard way!)

  4. says

    These cupcakes are GORGEOUS !!
    I love colors in food, especially desserts
    It’s fun and it catches the eye, and we do eat with our eyes first.
    I LOVE these cupcakes

  5. says

    The cupcakes look great! It takes TLC for them to look so good. I can’t even frost the cupcake well, let alone mixing different shades together. Awesome work.

  6. says

    YUM! I never think to use cool whip as frosting.Great idea. Looks light and fluffy and nummy! Sometimes frosting can just be too rich!! I am going to try these for our family dinner Sunday! My niece will get a kick out of them! :) Thanks for sharing!


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