Colleen Wehr Recipe

Rainbow Cupcakes (Tie-Dyed)

By Colleen Wehr wehrd1

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 8 Ratings
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Colleen's Story

I got this recipe from a friend a long time ago. These are SOOO fun to make, and the kids love to help. I have made these for St. Patrick's day and added a gold foil covered chocolate 'coin' on top, set on it's edge in the frosting. We also make these for EASTER instead of dyed eggs. I mean, who doesn't like cupcakes??

The batter coloring is a little time consuming, so I just 'cheat' and use a white cake box mix and follow the instructions for baking.

For a more tie-dyed appearance...When you get the layers made, you can swirl a thin swizzle stick through the batter, but not too much, or they'll come out kinda greenish brown :S.


1 box
white cake mix (for crisper colors, use the no-yolks instructions)
1 can(s)
premade frosting - white looks best
for the best creamy frosting use the following: (tastes like twinkie filling, but not grainy)
1/2 c
2 Tbsp
1/2 c
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1/2 c
1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Mix the white cake box mix according to the no-yolk (WHITE) recipe
get 6 small bowls and divide batter evenly into each
add food coloring to make the following colors: purple (blue/red), blue, green (blue/yellow), yellow, orange (yellow/red) and red.
line the appropriate # of muffin tin with paper cups. You may want to spray a small amount of non-stick spray into each paper cup to aid in removal after baking.
carefully layer each color into each cup attempting to get each layer as much over the previous layer as possible (to the edges). Or if you don't care how straight they are..just HAVE FUN. If you want a more tie-dyed look, once the colors are in the cups, slowly and carefully swirl with a swizzle stick, but no too much, or all the colors will over mix .. who wants brownish green cupcakes??
bake according to box mix directions for cup-cakes. while baking - make the FROSTING....
in a small sauce pan, cook the milk & flour together until a smooth paste forms, STIRRING constantly over medium heat. Remove from heat and LET COOL completely. you may even want to put it in the fridge or even freezer to speed up the cooling process.
in another bowl, cream softened butter & shortening together, and gradually add the sugar. Beat until fluffy - this could take up to 5 minutes - but it's well worth the time & effort
add the completely COOLED flour/mix paste to the above butter/sugar mixture, and beat until the consistency of whipped cream (this will take a while)
add vanilla and mix well
spread frosting on cupcakes - store in a closed container in a cool place

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: For Kids

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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Mar 9, 2011
    I make rainbow cupcakes all the time! I never even thought of making them for st patricks and putting a coin on top!!! clever idea!!!!!!!
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    ann walpole annww - Mar 9, 2011
    Frosting ..who needs frosting...these are so WOW. I have never seen anything like these...they are SUPER ....I can't wait to make them for my 4 year old GRANDdaughter...she is going to be more excited than I am...if that is possible. THANK YOU so much for this.I needed a rainbow today,and this is a great one.
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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Mar 9, 2011
    a great frosting for these if you wanted to...its so light and yummy and easy!

    Whipped Cream Icing is
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    Kristin Miller Kk723 - Mar 9, 2011
    I've always wanted to try making these but was afraid of the visual outcome. Looking at these they are so pretty for spring!
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    Wendy Rusch snooksk9 - Mar 9, 2011
    If they dont turn out a nice rainbow...they'll still be pretty tye dyed! speaking from experience, AND I was making them for a lil girls birthday party...she wanted rainbow cupcakes soooooo bad...I called the mom and told her they looked a little more tye dyed then rainbow she said awesome they were having a 70's they'd fit right in lol lol Every other time I made rainbow ones they turned out though...just that one time, wierd