Tutorial: Rainbow Cupcakes

Tutorial: Rainbow Cupcakes

So this past weekend I decided to dive back into the kitchen and whip up some of my favorite cupcakes – rainbow cupcakes! They are by far the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever made. The difficulty level is 4/10 and effort level 10/10. These cupcakes definitely require a fair amount of time and patience but the end result is worthwhile. I’m definitely not a food blogger BUT I am a foodie and I love baking cupcakes 🙂

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[ezcol_1half]For the cupcake

(1 ½ cups) cake four

(2 t) baking powder

(½ t) salt

(¾ cup) sugar – brown or white

2 extra large eggs

(½ cup) oil

(½ cup) milk

(1 t) vanilla essence

Makes 12 cupcakes


1. Preheat oven to 180° C

2. Sieve the first 3 ingredients together, then add the sugar

3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end]For the icing

(½ cup) soft margarine

(+/- 2 cups) icing sugar

(2 t) vanilla essence


1. Beat the margarine and icing sugar well. Add the vanilla essence[/ezcol_1half_end]

IMG_0737IMG_0739IMG_0744Once you’ve done all that, divide your mixture into 4 equal parts then add your color.



IMG_0748 When layering your different colors into the cupcake cups, I’d recommend using a small piping nozzle as this gives you more control over how much batter you’d like to put in and helps to create a tidier layer effect









IMG_0755IMG_0760Next you’re going to pipe your first colored batter into the cupcake cup. As you can see I’ve started with a thin layer





IMG_0766IMG_0769Then onto your second color







IMG_0771IMG_0773Then your third color







IMG_0777IMG_0779And then your fourth and final layer. Make sure the cup is only about half way full as you do not want your cupcake to overflow and look like a mushroom 🙂






IMG_0781Bake for about 15-20 minutes. Depending on your oven. I usually prick the cupcake with a stainless steel skewer, if it comes out clean then my cupcakes are ready











IMG_0793While you wait for your cupcakes to cool off you can start preparing your icing. I live by using ONLY Wooden Spoon White Margarine (can be purchased at Pick ‘n Pay) This margarine is literally white in color so when you add your food coloring the colors are not offset by the yellow of most margarine’s







IMG_0798IMG_0801To get your rainbow colored icing is really simple. Again divide your icing into 4 equal parts and mix in your food coloring. Look at your piping bag as if it were a square. Then using a butter knife, spread each color against the ‘side’ of the square. By the time you pipe your icing onto your cupcake, the colors become intertwined creating a beautiful rainbow effect
















And there you have it! Bright and colorful rainbow cupcakes

Have any questions about this technique? Or have you tried it and succeeded? Please let me know in the comments down below




  1. Shelley Edward
    November 24, 2014 / 4:15 PM

    Hey my very clever friend…..these are SOOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful and yummy :):):)

  2. Sam Taylor
    December 8, 2014 / 10:55 AM

    Such pretty cupcakes Taryn. I would be lying if I said I would make them – there are far too many bowls to wash and I am clearly unmotivated to make such a great effort for a cupcake. My Mackensie would absolutely love them though!

    • December 8, 2014 / 11:20 AM

      Hey Sam 🙂 I know right hehe I had to do dishes like 3 times! *dishwasher urgently needed for these*

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