Is your mind sufficiently blown?? Mine is! I am absolutely tickled that these cupcakes turned out so well! It all started with me trying to figure out a St Patrick’s Day dessert for today’s Half Baked. I’m sure you could google and find seven thousand green desserts, but I wanted to be a little more thoughtful. The train of thought was leprechauns -> pot of gold -> rainbow and the great part is you can give this to someone and they’ll be like “wow, thanks, a cupcake” and then they’ll take a bite and have their socks knocked off by your creative genius! This little ditty doesn’t require any baking prowess, just patience and a steady hand, oh, and some food coloring.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
One white cake mix (the boxed kind) mixed per the instructions
Food Coloring: red, green, yellow, blue
White Icing (they make spray can options now which is what I used here) it’s called “Cupcake Icing” imagine that!
To start, fill your cupcake pan with liners. Now take about 3/4 of a cup of the white cake mix and add it to a small bowl. Add six drops of red dye and four drops of blue dye and mix well. If it’s not dark enough, add more dye. Be sure to blend really well.
Use a small ice cream scoop to drop the purple batter into the base of your cupcake liner. Use a butter knife to smooth it out into an even covering of the base of your cupcake
Now remove another 3/4 cup of the white batter and place into a new small bowl. Add blue food coloring and blend well. Wash off your ice cream scoop (so there’s no purple on it) and add a blue scoop gently to the top of your purple.
Use your clean butter knife to VERY gently smooth the layer out to the edges. For the rainbow affect it’s important that each layer is even.
Sometime around this point I realized I didn’t know the lineup of a rainbow so I had to google image it. I’ve included here for you too… thank God for Blackberry!
Continue your layers (I did purple, blue, green, yellow, red) all the way up. For the top layer (you probably wont have a ton of batter left) so do a little dollop of your red batter but don’t smooth out. It will naturally start to spread in the oven. Bake per the box instructions and until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow to cool and then use your icing to create a “cloud” affect on top of each cake. I did little groups of puffs.