Wednesday, January 20, 2010

At the End of My Rainbow There Are Cupcakes!

We just celebrated my daughter's 4th birthday. As usual, I asked her what kind of party and cake she wanted to have. Her answer was, "Pink, purple, green,...", just a bunch of colors. So, I thought "why not?" and gave her the rainbow she asked for. She was specific about having cupcakes, and also about having the party at Jungle Bounce, an inflatable party place, but that's about it. I let her pick the colors of food dye at Michael's, the cupcake liners and the sprinkles and I think she had fun doing that. She took it very seriously, feeling very grown up with the responsibility of these decisions and after she had made her choice there was no changing her mind. Is she like me or you Jason?

So I just made a yellow cake from the box, Duncan Hines, and colored it with the chosen Wilton gel colorings. The colors are so vibrant and it didn't change the taste of the cake at all.

You can see how they show through the liners.

I borrowed the cupcake stand from my sister-in-law, Kathan, because for some reason I don't have one. I'll have to find one on sale or something because after this I don't know how I've lived so long without one! By the way, I didn't edit the color on these pictures, just the exposure, the colors were really this vibrant. I made a simple but yummy buttercream frosting (oh how I love buttercream frosting!) However, I could have used less purple and rose in the frosting because there was a bitter taste, for some reason that didn't happen with the green. I used about a 1/4 tsp in each and I think I could have used less without compromising on color.

Here's the close up, yum!

And the cut-in-two shot.
Look at how the batter spread, very cool. All I did was spoon each color into the center and the rest happened on its own. There was a birthday candle in this one that's why the center has that line in it, but it was the only one left in the house before I thought to take a picture of it like this.

These were very fun and very easy, unlike the cake I did last year for her 3rd, but that will be another post for another day.


  1. Yay! A new blog post! These were good-tasting, too! Sarah got lots of much-deserved compliments.

  2. LOVE THIS! I really love how vibrant the colors are! Looks up-to-par with Cupcakes Take the Cake! :) Nice!

  3. Those are so so pretty! Especially the inside of the cupcake, I didn't expect that.

  4. Thank you everyone, you're very kind. Amanda, you comment made me blush ("up-to-par with Cupcakes Take the Cake")! I'M NOT WORTHY! :)

    Anyway, glad you all liked them. If you try them out let me know (pictures too!)

    Hi to Gina too, thanks for following me!