After moving from Toronto to Vancouver last May, I am only able to make the trip back home once or twice a year. When I made my first trip back last summer, I decided to have a baking fun day with my 4 nieces and make rainbow cupcakes. I had made a rainbow cake in the past and it was a big hit with my new friends in Vancouver (now I'm officially the 'rainbow cake girl').
Since I was baking with 4 extremely impatient little ladies, I decided to use the good old pre-mixed cake batter. It works out well when you are working with kids and want to speed up the process. You can use any plain white/vanilla cake mix for this recipe. (I used 2 boxes) Or you can always use make the batter from scratch. For the cake I made, I used a coconut cake recipe and then topped it with a cream cheese coconut icing... so good!
Make sure you get the food colouring 'gels'. They are the only ones that give this vibrant colour. They can be found at Michaels Craft Store in Canada. Not sure about the US...
The girls each had their own colour to mix up and pour into the muffin trays.
We made them like a real rainbow and went: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red.
Things got a little hard to manage at some points... "No Anna! Not the blue icing!"
Messy, messy, messy, but fun!
When the cupcakes went in the oven, the girls pulled up chairs to watch them bake. SO cute.
Enjoying the finished cupcakes! I used whipped cream on top which was a good short term icing. For longer lasting cupcakes, use a nice vanilla icing on each one.
Happy Niece... (or "Stop taking our pictures Auntie Kate")