Rainbow Bright Cupcakes. Happy 2nd Birthday Picky Palate!


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!



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!


Ready for the oven!


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


Love it!


I definitely got carried away with the photos, sorry!







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


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

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  2. tysa

    The small box of vanilla pudding did you use the ingredients on the box or did you just put the package in the mixing bowl?

  3. Dina

    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?

  4. Kelly

    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.

  5. LauraHelen

    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!!

  6. Suzanne

    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?

  7. Anitra Carpenter

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Tasha

    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?


  10. marisa

    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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. christie

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. 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!!

  16. Amanda

    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!

  17. Christina

    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….

  18. 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!

  19. Mary

    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!

  20. camille

    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.

  21. 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!!

  22. Happy Brithday!

    I LOVE these cupcakes! There is a little bakery in NYC that makes these and I have been dying to figure out how to make them. Thanks for making this so easy for me. Can’t wait to try it out. It will definitely be up on my blog!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  23. These look like so much fun! I think I’m going to make these for my son’s first B’day. Happy Birthday to you and your fun blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. how do you keep your cupcake tins so clean?!
    these cupcakes are so bright, when I made them they were duller. Love your blog! Happy Blogiversary!

    check out my blog: cookteen.blogspot.com

    with love and cupcakes,

  25. Kristy Chuhaloff

    Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary! Adorable cupcakes. Can’t wait for an occasion to make them! Thanks for this great blog. I love it!

  26. I love making these. I made them last year for my little one’s 1st birthday party and they were a hit with the whole neighborhood. I also posted them on my blog a while back and they were a hit. Who doesn’t love to eat bright rainbow color fun food!

  27. Kimm Geria

    Mine didn’t come out as pretty as yours. I think I overfilled them they kind of got stuck togeher LOL. I am going to do a 2nd batch and fill them less.

  28. Kate

    The cupcakes are cute, but what drew me in was the platter you have them on. I have the same one and always forget I have it. I think we will have to start using it again!

  29. Mona

    Happy Birthday Jen! Your cupcakes are absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to make them. We love you and miss you all. We are counting down the days till you get here! Love, Mona

  30. wow I have to try this recipe. It looks so simple and easy. And my son will be happy to help I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

    I wish you a Happy Birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your day

  31. Larisa

    Jenny- thank you so much for all the fabulous recipes! I stumbled onto your blog a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did! Your recipes are now a regular addition to my meal plans! I have made 4 of your dinner recipes so far and we have LOVED them all! Your Black-Bottomed pumkin spice cheesecake bites are next on my list to make! I would like to know how you stay so thin with all your decadent desserts:)! You look very familiar to me and I’m not sure if it is from growing up in Mesa or from Food Network challenges! Hope you have a FABULOUS birthday & anniversary! Thanks so much for sharing your JOY of cooking!

  32. Stehanie Curtis

    Happy Birthday and Happy Blogday!!! BTW – Look at birthdays this way – a celebration that you made it through another year!!!

  33. Michele

    OMG that IS so easy!!! I would’ve never really thought about that. Thank you so much. Can’t wait to surprise my son and hubby with these ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Happy Birthday!!! Happy 2nd Aniversary too!!!

    That settles it. I’ve been looking for something to take to the horse show concession stand this weekend. THIS IS IT!!!

    Bright, beautiful cupcakes for the horse showers. We take food donations to raise money at the horse show thru a concession stand.

    I can’t wait to see how they go over!!!! I love them and I bet everyone else will too.

  35. Happy Birthday to you and Picky Palate!!! These cupcakes are amazing – the colors are so vibrant and beautiful! They look like so much fun to make too ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I love these cupcakes, they are so cute and fun! Happy 2nd Birthday Picky Palate! I have just recently discovered your blog over the past couple of months and love checking out all the yummy recipes you come up with!

  37. How fun, Jenny! You just never cease to amaze me!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Andy Happy Birthday to Picky Palate, too! I hope your boys spoil you this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Those look absolutely amazing and I am going to have to make them with my girls. Thanks for sharing and a very Happy Birthday to you and Picky-Palate hope your day is filled with love!!!!!

  39. Oh happy day, oh happy day…celebrating you and your site. I’m so glad you did get carried away with your pictures. All this color is so fun so early in my morning. I saw a 6 layer cake on someone’s site with colors this bright and I wanted to make one for no good reason…. Wonder what my hubby’s office of steady-eddy engineers would think of all this FUN!

  40. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    For sure this is a great way to celebrate!! The cupcakes are gorgeaus!!! I was looking for this rainbow recipe… I found it now!! Very simple, the way I wanted!!…

    Carol (from Brazil!!)

  41. I Drank What?!

    I always wondered how the stores did that…those are cool as all get out! LOL And Happy 2nd Anniversary/Birthday or whatever you call it LOL May there be many more as long as there is an internet of course LOL

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