Yesterday I threw myself a birthday party. The super-grown-up theme was rainbows and unicorns. I initially wanted to make this rainbow layer cake, but I just couldn't bring myself to use that much butter. Thus, I decided there must be a simpler way. I googled and found a recipe for rainbow cupcakes. My mom sent me all her gel food colorings, and I went to town. It was great. And they turned out amazingly beautiful. Obviously it's going to taste good since it's from a boxed mix (I feel like such a cheater) but it was totally worth it. Delicious and pretty, and a wonderful early birthday item.
I also made about a thousand pounds of Honey-Chipotle Baked Beans and a big tray of Possibly the Best Ever Lemon Squares.
Taste a Rainbow
Family Fun Magazine
White cake mix -- (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
Food coloring -- (red, blue, green, and yellow)
Whipped cream -- (optional)
1. Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.
2. RAINBOW COLOR DROPS OF FOOD COLORING
Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue 12 drops
Green 12 drops
Yellow 12 drops
Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red 18 drops
3. Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.
4. Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.