1 box of vanilla cake mix (& ingredients it calls for)
Food dye (I used Wilton's gel colors)
# small bowls for the amount of colors you'll have (I made 8 colors)
Oe spoon for each small bowl
- Prepare the cake mix as instructed on the box.
- Divide the batter equally between the small bowls.
- Use a toothpick and put a small amount of the gel color into the batter. Note: Gel food dye is very concentrated, so start off light... a little bit goes a long way. Remember, you can always add more coloring, but you can't subtract it.
- Tip: if using colored bowls like we did, don't use the same color bowl for the same color dye (i.e. yellow bowl for yellow batter); its very tough to tell if you've mixed the batter thoroughly, or if the batter is reflecting the color of the bowl.
- After you've mixed all of your colors... fill up those cupcake pans! A scoop of blue, a scoop of pink… there’s no rhyme or reason to it. In fact, the more random your color pattern, the better! Be sure to only fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full to avoid them spilling over.
- Bake cupcakes according to directions on the cake mix.
- Since there’s so many colors in the batter already, pair your cupcakes with a beautiful white frosting.
|Great project to get the kids involved - they had so much fun!|
|A rainbow of cake batter!|
|Fresh out of the oven - I was surprised the colors stayed so bright!|
|Sprinkle decoration courtesy of the kiddos.|
|My cupcake, sans wrapper.|
|The middle - look at those layers of color!|
|Different color patterns.|
|We used tiger-print cupcakes, which made them even cooler.|
|Icing mustaches for the hard-working sous chefs :-)|
These cupcakes were so fun to make... I can't wait until I have a reason to bake them again!