How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

You have to admit when you saw the picture of the Rainbow Cupcakes you were impressed (at least a little bit)! Well you too can impress the rest of the moms at the next bake sale. These Rainbow Cupcakes are actually really quick and easy to make. It just takes is an extra 10 minutes of layering the batter and a little bit of Wilton food coloring.  All the rainbow colors make this cupcake super fun to eat for both kids and adults.

This is what you need:

  • White cake batter (any recipe will do)
  • Wilton Icing Coloring (regular food coloring doesn’t show up as bright)
  • 6 bowls and 6 spoons
  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake paper wrappers


Step 1: Prepare your white cupcake batter according to your favorite recipe.

Step 2: Separate the cupcake batter into 6 bowls.

Step 3: Using a toothpick or the back of your spoon, put a LITTLE blob of Wilton food coloring into each of the bowls.  Make sure you add only a little at first, keep adding more until you get the color you want. Note: Mix the yellow and red icing colors to make “orange”.

Step 4: Stir the food coloring into the cupcake batter until the color is fully blended. Add more coloring if desired.

Step 5: Start layering the batter into the cupcake liners – purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and then red. Just one small spoon of each color should be enough for each cupcake. Be careful not to overfill.

Step 6: Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe instructions.

Step 7: You are all finished! Now didn’t I tell you that was easy!!

Step 8: Add some icing and sprinkles and these will sure be a hit at your next kid’s party!

You can also check out my VIDEO Step-by-Step Guide on how to make Rainbow Cupcakes. Happy Baking!

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  • SuperMommy

    I used very little of each of the “Wilton icing colors” that are used for baking cakes. It is extremely concentrated, so a small amount gives you an amazing color (regular food coloring doesn’t give you the same color). Although it would be fun – it doesn’t dye your mouth different colors. The cupcakes are edible and yummy (the coloring has no flavor) – I have been eating the leftovers (LOL). :-)

  • Pauline

    I have a batch of wilton icing colors in my cake decorating kit. This is a fab idea. I will also add this post as part of my St Patricks Day Activities for Kids roundup from the Weekly Kids’ Co-op. Thanks for sharing (again) :) . xoxo P

    • SuperMommy

      This was the first time I ever made these and they came out great! Let me know how they turn out if you make them at home. Thanks for adding this to your St.Patty’s Day post. xoxo

  • Jode

    My teen loves making these! Your colours are fantastic…i too will be featuring you on my Kid’s Co-Op post this week…thanks so much for linking up!

    • SuperMommy

      Thanks so much for featuring my post. You should tell you daughter about my rainbow popsicles…I think she would really like making those as well. :-)

  • Shauna {The Best Blog Recipes}

    What a great idea!

    Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend
    re-Treat #6!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties
    Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope you have a great rest of your week :)


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