Mini Rainbow Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be the same without a few Rainbows to celebrate with! And these Rainbow Cupcakes are perfect for Rainbow Week

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Rainbow Cupcakes are not an original idea, and although I’ve been wanting to bake them for a long time, I decided to change it up a little and add my own twist to them.

These cute little Rainbow Cupcakes would not only be a hit for St. Patrick’s Day, but you could also use them for a Rainbow Birthday, a Tie Dye Party or even a Baby Shower.

Baking them is pretty straight forward, but it does take some time and a few supplies that you may not have on hand.

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Prepare cake mix or other cake recipe. Divide batter into 6 bowls and add coloring to each bowl. I added about 1 cup of batter for the Red, and then a little less for each color..

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Add 1 tablespoon of batter to each cupcake liner Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

To assemble the Rainbow you will need…

  • Red – 20 cupcakes
  • Orange – 17 cupcakes
  • Yellow – 14 cupcakes
  • Green – 11 cupcakes
  • Blue – 8 cupcakes
  • Purple – 6 cupcakes

I have found to get the most vibrant color, it’s best to use gel paste to color the batter.

To decorate…

Fit a decorator bag with a giant round tip, add the frosting to the bag. Pipe on a small amount of Buttercream Frosting and immediately add colored sugar.

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What goes with Rainbow Cupcakes? Well…Rainbow Ice Cream of course!!

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  1. Tonya Staab says:

    Absolutely. Fantastic. Liz, I love this idea.
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  2. This is fabulous! I love the lime and jell-o idea!
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  3. Amazing!
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  4. Lachelle says:

    Cute ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!!

  5. These are so fun!

    I’ve been dying to ask, what do you do with all of these delish cupcakes that you make???

    Also, stop by, Sweet Tooth Friday is up.
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    • CupcakeLady says:

      Well…I share a lot…A LOT! The neighbors and friends love them. They also get delivered to the local police station and county home once in awhile.
      Thanks for reminding about Sweet Tooth..on my way :-)

  6. love the cupcakes, they look so yummy

  7. yvette says:

    What a great funtastic idea! This would put a smile on anyones face!Cupcakes are so versatile and great for any occassion! Love the idea!
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  8. BEAUTIFUL rainbow Liz!!!! Great idea.
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  9. The rainbow cupcakes are adorable and I love the rainbow ice cream!

  10. adorable!
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  11. You are just too cute for words!!!

  12. RosieP says:

    WOW! You are amazing!

  13. Too cute! Like always! Love the pictures.
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  14. Kelli says:

    I love the Rainbow ice cream!!
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  15. I love your St. Patty’s Day goodies! Mind if I share your site with a couple of your pics and links?
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  16. Your rainbow of cupcakes look fabulous! I am dying to try my hand at this!!! The Jell-o pot of gold is so creative… CLEVER~!

    Visiting from Sweet Tooth Friday! Stop by and see my Strawberry Shortcake @

  17. Hayley says:

    I want to make those!!

  18. Jaime says:

    SO FUN!!! I wish I’d seen this before I posted my rainbowlicious feature today!

    here from tater tots!

  19. JoDee says:

    Love everything! I just made a rainbow cake for my daughter’s birthday party this past weekend–she wanted a rainbow party! :) Wish I had known about the rainbow ice-cream a week ago ;) I love it! Will definitely bookmark that for future birthdays!! Thanks!

  20. Lamb says:

    Even more than the recipes and projects, (and I love your recipes and projects!) I love the colorful photos you always use :)
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  21. Alison says:

    Lady, you are impressive!!
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  22. Heather says:

    Too too cute! Love the pot of gold and the leprechaun! These would be perfect at a rainbow b-day party too:)

  23. LOVE!!! I love everything about this post! I need me some rainbow cupcakes…and rainbow icecream??? Just brilliant! Sharing with my FB fans and stumbling :)

  24. Marilyn Holeman says:

    Hey Liz, The April Country Living has an advertisement for a $10,000 cupcake challenge through Jelly Belly jelly beans. I naturally thought of you! Link is:


  25. says:

    How cute is that?!?! Love it!!!

  26. I featured your darling rainbow loveliness in my roundup!
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  27. That is so pretty!!! I love it!!

    I’d love to have you come link up at my For the Kids Friday Link Party! Stop by and check it out!
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  28. Wow! That is so creative and pretty too!
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  29. Christina says:

    So creative!! I invite you to link up any and all of your delightful creations to The Homespun Bake Shop @ The Tattered Tag. It’s a fun new place for delicious inspiration.

    Drop by The Tattered Tag
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  30. Erica says:

    Such a cute cupcake rainbow!! I am definitely inspired!
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  31. Erin A says:

    That is soooo cute! Now why didnt I think of that.

    I made some Double Chocolate Stout Cupcakes and Irish Cream Buttercream last night and posted to my blog this morning. They are So delish! I was shocked at how much the Double Choc Stout brings out the rich and wonderful flavor of chocolate! Check them out!

    Thank you for sharing. I might just have to do these next year!

  32. Erin A says:

    Ok boy I feel silly but I’m fairly new to the site…how do I add them to Cupcake Tuesday?
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  33. radhikanavelka says:

    I love the yellow jellow instead of the coins How cute!

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  34. Cali says:

    Oh goodness Liz! I’m still in “drool mode” with the mini Key Lime Cupcakes & cookies! Wow! (My scale has a permanent “Liz” mark on it now…For leeway! =D

    Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  35. Christy says:

    cute and delicious…no wonder everyone loves rainbows! your take on this is clever and charming. i found your through mmscrappeshoppe’s 12 ideas for st. patrick’s day.
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  36. Oh that ice cream looks so colorful and yummy!Cant wait to try it out!

  37. yael says:

    Made them last night for a family party they were great kids and adults loved them. The best part they were so easy and fun to make.

  38. Jo says:

    Gorgeous rainbow, lovely idea and so great for the kids too.
    Will have to try and get them making one of these at the weekend,… when I have time to clean the kitchen afterwards.
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  39. sophistimom says:

    Rainbow cupcakes! How fun!! I love them.

  40. Patricia says:

    Your cupcakes and everything else are so gorgeous. I look forward to you daily. I need a source for plain white cupcake liners that are not grease proof. I can’t find them anywhere. Wilton liners don’t sit nicely in my cupcake pan and cause a bulge on the side. (for want of a better way to describe) They look as though they are 2 pleats too large. Why do all papers now come grease proof? They separate from the cupcake after they are baked resulting in an unsightly presentation. Are we supposed to double line cupcakes? I will be making 2 dozen cupcakes for our grandson’s party in a few weeks and I want these dinosaur cupcakes to look awesome. Any suggestions, Liz? I would appreciate it.

    • CupcakeLady says:

      Hi Patricia,
      Thanks so much, I’m thrilled you like HH! I have a couple suggestions for you.
      I buy plain white liners that are made by Reynolds, I “believe” that are not grease proof. I buy them at GFC, a food supply company, and they come 500 in a box. You may also be able to find a small container at Walmart.
      As for the liner pleating, I used to have trouble with that as well. And then realized that the Wilton cupcake liners don’t really fit in the standard muffin tin. I bought a Wilton cupcake pan and it has helped a TON!
      Let me know if you have more questions.

  41. Oka says:

    Had found this post on Pinterest and just wanted to thank you for the wonderful idea. I made the rainbow for my daughters birthday this Monday, it was a hit. Thanks!
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  42. megan says:

    Thank you for this awesome idea. I made these for an angel birthday party which happened to be on St.Patricks Day so double worked. I posted these on my blog. Thanks again for the super cute idea!! I love love love your blog!!
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  43. hae seung says:

    I like this !! this is a cute food. I love it !

  44. CupcakeLady says:

    Thanks for including our Rainbow Cupcakes! I tried to leave a comment on your blog, but it’s giving an error.

  45. Zander says:

    I agree.


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