Nov
12
2009

Rainbow Bright Cupcakes. Happy 2nd Birthday Picky Palate!

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I need to wish Picky Palate a belated Happy 2 Year Birthday!  I’m a tad late, but I thought it would be fun to celebrate it on my actual birthday too!  Yes, it’s my birthday today.  I was hoping once 30 hit, birthdays would slow down a little, unfortunately that is NOT the case.  My birthdays are flying by faster than ever!

This is such a fun recipe I am thrilled to share with you on this special day.  I started playing around in the kitchen and came up with these ultra bright and cheery cupcakes.  They are incredibly easy and are such “lookers!”  They are beautiful, really.

Take a look at the process these babies go through….. Enjoy!

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This is my favorite part!  Take 2 little spoons and start filling the cups with all of your different colored batter.  Don’t make it perfect, they are prettier when they are a bit messy!

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Ready for the oven!

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Look at that!  Right out of the oven so pretty and puffy!

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Love it!

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I definitely got carried away with the photos, sorry!

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Rainbow Bright Cupcakes

1 box yellow cake mix

4 eggs

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Cup water

8 oz sour cream

small box instant vanilla pudding mix

Food Coloring Paste:  Red, Blue, Yellow, Green and Purple (I used the William Sonoma brand’s paste)

Vanilla or Cream Cheese Frosting of Choice

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a stand or electric mixer, beat the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, sour cream and pudding on medium until well combined.  Batter will be nice and thick.  Divide batter evenly between 5 white or glass bowls.  Drop 5 different colors of food coloring into each cake batter bowl until you reach your desired colors.  Stir well.  Spoon each color into paper lined cupcake tins until all are filled.  Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cooked through.  Remove and let cool completely.  Frost with frosting of choice.

24 cupcakes

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Have a great rest of your week and weekend!  See you all soon!!


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  1. 51
    katie larson says:

    hey I didnt know you had a food blog??I found off your fb.. So cute! I am totally going to make those cupcakes!! can I ask why the sour cream? or do I have to make them to figure it out…? dnt be sorry about the pics, It’s the best part!!

  2. 52
    camille says:

    these are fun to make! I tried them yesterday and really had fun! I used pink neon instead of red for my sister’s party and they are so cute! the only problem I had was with the yellow, it went too orangy when I added more yellow, but just wasn’t that vibrant.

  3. 53
    Mary says:

    Happy Birthday!! These are so cute, I can’t wait to try them with my kids. Thanks for the great recipes, I love you blog!

  4. 54
    Katrina says:

    Happy 2nd and 30-whatever bithday, Jenny! Love the cupcakes. I tried rainbow cupcakes for my son’s b-day in Sept. But they weren’t quite rainbow-ish, more tie-dyed. I love how you’ve done these with chunks of color. I’ll have to try that next time!

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  6. 56
    Christina says:

    I made these cupcakes with my kids the night they were posted….what fun we all had! It was quite a mess dealing with a 4 and 2 year old but we all really enjoyed ourselves and the cupcakes. I frosted mine with the fat-free whipped frosting from Betty Crocker that you get in the cake isle…fantastic.

    I did have one problem…mine caved in when I took them out of the oven….any suggestions? They were cooked thru but I don’t know enough about baking to know what may have gone wrong….

  7. 57
    Julie says:

    Those are just the cutest! My kids would love ‘em. Happy birthday to your site :)

  8. 58
    Amanda says:

    Thanks for this recipe!! They are adorable and I’ll be making them for my daughters 2nd birthday next week! Happy Birthday to your site as well – LOVE IT!

  9. 59
    jandee says:

    sounds very simple, yet so fun, can’t wait to try it.

  10. 60
    Tammy says:

    Just made these with my four-year-old daughter. It was so much fun! And they turned out great. I’m thinking we may do this again for my son’s birthday party. Thanks for the great idea!!

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    Kerri Bryan says:

    I had a great time making them with my 5 yr old son. He loved them and told everyone about them. I used a store bought frosting (vanilla) that I had on hand and I used a white cake mix instead of yellow.

    Came out great. My son wants me to do his bday cake in Feb to look like this but to be decorated like Sponge Bob! :)

  12. 62

    I made these for my daughter to take as her preschool treat for her b-day…they were amazingly delicious! They were moist and soft. Love ‘em!

  13. 63
    christie says:

    How much(and what kind) of food coloring did you use? Yours are so bright. I think I was timid on the food coloring because my red and blue spiderman cupcakes turned out pink and green.. No worries, they were nice and moist and the boys ate them gladly anyway :-)

  14. 64

    These look awesome. I saw a rainbow cake but not cupcakes. I want to make pop-up rainbow pancakes, do you think it would work?

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    Mindy says:

    These remind me of superman icecream. They look super fun!

  17. 67
    Solina says:

    never seen such colorfull cupcakes!!

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    ~ calista ~ says:

    I just made these for my son’s birthday and they are so awesome! What kind of food coloring did you use? Mine didn’t come out nearly so vibrant.

    Happy belated birthday to you and your blog! I love your site :)

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  20. 70
    Laura says:

    Those are just too cute! Happy 2nd blogiverary :)

  21. 71
    Crystal says:

    I’m currently whipping up a trial batch of these “mad” cupcakes for my daughter’s Mad Tea Party birthday celebration next weekend! Thanks SO much for such an awesome recipe!

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    marisa says:

    Made these with my 4yo for his bday party at preK. They were great. All the kids loved them. I did have a hard time finding a cake mix without the pudding already in it so I ended up using a butter cake mix without adding the butter. They turned out really good but now I am searching for cake mixes without the pudding already in the mix. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  23. 73
    Tasha says:

    Hi Jenny,

    I’m planning on making these for my son’s birthday party next week– way too cool to pass up!! Just curious though, what kind of food coloring did you use to make them so bright?

    Thanks!

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  25. 75
    Debbie says:

    Wow! These are so pretty and look so yummy!

  26. 76
    judy love says:

    These were fun to make, appealing to the eye, and elicited much excitement from grand daughter and her friends! Thank you for all your wonderful, creative ideas.

  27. 77
    Jaemie says:

    Thanks for the great idea. I have celiac disease, so I have to make everything gluten-free. I adapted your recipe to fit my special diet, and made these for a picnic I am going to today.

    http://flic.kr/p/8w52F9

  28. 78
    Anitra Carpenter says:

    Made some of these with my son this weekend!!! Love them! I think that I have eaten about 7 of them since Friday! Thanks so much….love your website.

  29. 79
    Suzanne says:

    Hey, I am excited to make these but wondered if these are mini cupcakes or regular sized? Just wondering if they are mini how long do I bake them?

  30. 80
    Dan says:

    will it be okay if there is no pudding mix? what can i use as an alternative? thank you.

  31. 81
    Robin Moehring Hayles says:

    These are adorable and PERFECT for a darling granddaughter’s 4th birthday!

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  33. 83
    LauraHelen says:

    Second time making them and they are just as fun!! I made them in rainbow colors and layered them… They were SO cute and so tasty!!

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    Kelly says:

    My kids love these! Instead of bowls I put the batter into ziplock bags. Little less clean up and I think its easier to despense. Thanks so much for all of your hard work.

  37. 87
    Dina says:

    Hi Jenny, the size of box cake mix has changed to 15 oz. does this recipe stay the same? Or is there less of something?

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  39. 89
    Clara :D says:

    Oh, that’s so fun :p It’s perfect for a child birthday ;)

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    jazmin says:

    That is so cool I’m gana make some for a bake sale on Friday in fillmore

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