Rainbow Cupcakes

So when it came time for our school’s bake sale a week ago, I thought Rainbow Cupcakes would be fun for a change. I was right, they were the first ones to go because children cannot resist color and lots of it. They even beat out the luscious chocolate cupcakes I made. It is Rainbow Cupcakes from now on!

This is simple to do by dividing the batter equally among six small bowls- I used yellow cake mix for deeper hues. Color each bowl of batter a different color. I made- red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

Layer colored batter in the order of a rainbow’s colors into cupcake liners and bake according to the package directions. Remember the order? ROY G. BIV: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo (I skipped this one), and violet.

I wanted the frosting to go in a swirl of rainbow colors too so I used a technique Ma taught me years ago from her cake decorating classes. To get your frosting to go on in a swirl of color, dye regular buttercream frosting into three separate colors; I used pink, blue, and yellow.

Unfortunately I did not have jewel toned frosting colors to match the cupcakes, so I did mix jewel tones with pastels. Alert Stacy and Clinton. This did bother me a little at first but one can’t cry over cupcakes now can they? Place spoonfuls of each color side by side in a pastry bag working your way to the top of the bag. It is easier if you turn the bag inside out like you do when putting on pantyhose- at least for you ladies- and working your way up. Once the frosting is piped on your cupcakes, you will notice other colors like green, purple, and orange.

Starting at 12 o’clock on the outer edge of each cupcake and using constant pressure on the pastry bag, pipe frosting clockwise for three rotations, working your way toward the center ending in a little peak.

At the bake sale we placed each cupcake in a 9 ounce plastic punch cup and invited the children to decorate the cupcakes they had purchased. The cups caught all spills, and let me say there were some big spills. The decorated cupcakes were then placed in cellophane party bags and tied with a pretty ribbon for transporting home.

I can’t wait to find an excuse to make these again. They brought smiles to many little faces.

For more Cupcake Videos see my Big Red Kitchen Youtube Channel

Related Posts:
Buttercream Frosting
Soft Pretzel Samoas
Little Peach Cakes

My children’s play is tonight!!! I can not wait to see them but I think I will be a little nervous too. Gulp.

Have a grand weekend filled with lingering, delicious meals. I think I will sleep! Also a big fat Happy Mother’s Day too!


  1. A Year on the Grill
    Posted June 23, 2011 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

    Robin, I LOVE this… My nieces are coming in a few weeks and I am now planning a day in the oven well, around the oven anyway)… Is there any chance I can beg to get this post listed on eRecipeCards.com

    It is exactly what I had in mind!

  2. Marly
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    I love how both the cupcake and the frosting are rainbow! The frosting gives such a cool effect πŸ˜€

  3. :)
    Posted June 6, 2012 at 7:20 PM | Permalink

    This is fabulous! I’ve always wanted to know how to make these! πŸ™‚ thank you s much, my weekend will be filled with very happy baking! πŸ˜€

  4. Posted November 1, 2012 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    Wow, I’ve been looking for Ages for a simple easy guide to making these? πŸ™‚ thankyou very much & your cakes look lovely πŸ™‚ can’t wait to try them out πŸ™‚ hehe x

  5. cupcake lover girl
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 10:54 PM | Permalink

    I love making cupcakes and this is the site to go to for good cupcakes.

  6. Janice Richardson
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    love these! Perfect for out “Oh the Places You’ll Go” theme. The colors were perfect. I hope mine will turn out at well as yours! thanks for the tips!

  7. Posted January 10, 2014 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

    This page is very Informative about different Icing .Thankyou .
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  8. Miko
    Posted April 1, 2014 at 1:35 AM | Permalink

    Hi I was wondering could I use it as a topping for cakes? To create a rainbow marble effect?

    • Robin Sue
      Posted April 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM | Permalink

      I would think so:) Enjoy!

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