Sometimes, we just need a little sunshine in our lives, and what better way than rainbows and fluffy clouds? I’d seen many a rainbow cake on Pinterest and Facebook, but making one cake to dish out to 24 6th graders is really a pain in the neck. What’s the better option? Mini cupcakes! Simple enough.
1. Buy a box mix. We used “funfetti” but it’s not necessary. However, since you’re using food dye, white cake is best. Prepare the mix according to directions and separate into 5 bowls. (Or really, however many colors you want.) Preheat oven to 325oF. This was cooler than the box directions since we are making tiny cakes!
2. Add food coloring as follow to make the bright colors:
Red: 10 drops of red
Yellow: 15 drops of yellow, 1 drop of red
Green: 10 drops of green, 2 drops of blue
Blue: 15 drops blue
Purple: 7 drops red, 4 drops blue
3. Add your color in layers. We found it easiest to use a baby food spoon, and go color by color through. You should be adding about a marble size of each color to each cupcake.
4. Using a toothpick (or kabob skewer like we did, whatever is handy) and just swirl the cake batter one time. The more you lift the toothpick at the end, the more of the color on the bottom you will get. We put purple on the bottom and found it most visually appealing when we were able to bring some of the up to the top in the swirl.
5. Place cupcakes on a center rack, at 325oF for 12-13 minutes. Obviously, it will depend on your oven. We used a conventional bake, not a convection.
6. Remove and decorate with the icing of your choice. We used our “cloud icing” and created cloud-like swirls on top.
7. Eat and enjoy!