[ rainbow cupcakes ]

These rainbow cupcakes take a fair amount of time and patience, but the end result is totally worth it!

Step 1: Vanilla cupcakes (any recipe will do, but this is my favorite)

Amy Sedaris’ Vanilla Cupcake Recipe:  (oiginal recipe found here)

Ingredients: (Makes 12)

  • 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup milk


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Add butter to large bowl and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add sugar and beat well. Add eggs. Mix well. Add: vanilla, baking powder, salt, flour, and milk. Beat until mixed.

Step 2: Divide batter evenly into 5 (or how many ever different colors/layers you want) seperate bowls, and add food coloring to each one. Be careful not to mix too much, or the batter will lose it’s consistency.

Step 3: Pour 1 teaspoon of your first color into the bottom of the cupcake liners, and keep adding 1 teaspoon of each of the remaining colors on top (with 5 colors, 1 teaspoon per color works well to get a nice sized cupcake). It’s going to be difficult to spread the color evenly over the top, and most likely you will still see the bottom colors peeking out over the sides, but don’t worry, when they bake the layers will even out. Just try to spread it out as much as possible a.k.a don’t just drop a dollop into the middle!

Step 4: Bake 18-20 minutes. I don’t frost them with anything because a) they’re pretty enough on their own and b) this cupcake recipe gives some really moist/sticky tops to the cupcake so you don’t have to worry about dryness.

Happy eating!

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