Super Cute, Super Easy Rainbow Cupcakes

rainbow cupcakesWhat's cuter than a cupcake? Duh. A rainbow cupcake, silly. Rainbow cakes have been all the rage these days -- and with good reason, they're super gorgeous and super delicious. But why has everyone been neglecting Rainbow Cake's cuter, younger sibling: Rainbow Cupcakes? It's so rude.

I'm here to remedy that. I'm here to give you a set of beautiful instructions to make your very own gorgeous rainbow cupcakes. And, seriously guys, it isn't an elaborate pain in the butt. It's actually quite easy. Let's do this!


Rainbow Cupcakes adapted from Baking Bites


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (or melted butter)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • red, yellow, green and blue food colorings
  • Frosting of your choice


1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 10 cups from a 12 cup muffin tin (or line with paper cups).

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Pour in dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

4. Divide batter evenly into 5 small bowls; each should have a little more than 1/3 cup batter (approx 6 tbsp or so for each).

5. Add about 1/2 tsp food coloring to each bowl to make red, orange, yellow, green and blue batters. Stir well, so no streaks of plain batter remain. Add additional food coloring if necessary.

6. Starting with the blue batter, add a small spoonful to each of the 10 grease muffin cups (just over 1/2 tbsp in each). Repeat with all remaining colors, working from green to yellow to orange to red, adding each subsequent spoonful on top of the previous color. Do not attempt to spread the layers of color out (as it can cause layers to combined), but allow them to spread on their own.

7. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

8. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack before frosting.

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