Kids in the Kitchen: How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

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Written by Tara Mitchell of This Sweet Life and Embark on the Journey.

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday Emma looks forward to every year. We don’t celebrate big around here. However, she always hopes to catch someone without green on so she can pinch them! It’s always a race in our house to get dressed before she gets out of bed.

In honor of the upcoming Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, Emma and I wanted to show you how to make rainbow cupcakes. She is looking forward to sharing the ones she made with her friends at dance.

How to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

What you need to make rainbow cupcakes

  • a box of white cake mix (and whatever ingredients your mix calls for)
  • food coloring
  • icing
  • cupcake liners
  • cupcake tins

Mix it up

How to make rainbow cupcakes

Step 1. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Alternately, you can use a cake batter made from scratch. Once your batter is prepared, divide it as evenly as possible into six bowls which you will then tint with the food coloring.

Step 2. Color the batter. Emma’s favorite part was coloring her cake batter. She got to choose how bold she wanted the colors to be. For orange, mix red and yellow. Green is a mix of blue and yellow, and blue and red make purple.

Colored Batter

Step 3. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners which have been sprayed with non-stick spray. Layer the colors on top of each other in whatever order you’d like. Emma chose to follow the traditional rainbow order. Bake according to the directions on your mix or your recipe.


Step 4. While your cupcakes are baking, make your icing if prefer making it from scratch. When your cupcakes have cooled, ice them. Your kiddos might want to color their icing. Just use the same food coloring to tint it the desired color.

Pinnable Image - Rainbow Cupcakes

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we topped our rainbow cupcakes with gold candy! Emma loved taking these cupcakes to dance to share with her friends.

Who will you share your cupcakes with?

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Tara is wife to Matt and homeschool momma of three. Her children are 21, 16, and 11 – two boys and one girl. She is currently homeschooling her daughter – 6th grade. When she’s not blogging, Tara enjoys crocheting and snuggling up with a good book. She and her family recently moved from Texas to Ohio, and they’re having fun exploring their new surroundings. She blogs about homeschooling, motherhood, and family life on both of her blogs – Homeschool Preschool and Teaching with Children's Books.

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