Rainbow Cupcakes

I went to my friend Ali’s house recently and we made rainbow cupcakes! She’d never made them before and was really impressed with them, I know other people have done this before but I love them and wanted to share my method for making them!

Here is the way we used to make them, this will make 12 cupcakes:

You will need

  • 125g butter
  • 125g Self raising flour
  • 125 Caster sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla flavouring
  • 4 food colourings (red, yellow, green and blue)
  • 12 cupcake cases


  • Preheat the over to 200 degrees C or Gas mark 6
  • Round up your ingredients—beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy and light coloured.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time adding the flour a little at a time until it’s all been added.
  • Add the vanilla flavouring and mix it
  • Divide the mixture between six bowls:
    • Bowl 1: Add about a cap of red food colouring and mix
    • Bowl 2: Add half a cap of red and half a cap of yellow, mix
    • Bowl 3:Add a cap of yellow and mix
    • Bowl 4: Add a cap of green and mix
    • Bowl 5: Add a cap of blue and mix
    • Bowl: 6 Add half a cap of blue and half a cap of red, mix

The measurements of food colouring above are just a guideline, add more/less depending on how strong you want the colours to be.

  • Divide the purple bowl (number 6) between the 12 cases, smooth to form the bottom layer
  • Repeat for the rest of the colours in this order:
    • Blue (number 5)
    • Green (number 4)
    • Yellow (number 3)
    • Orange (number 2)
    • Red (number 1)
  • Put in the over for 15—20 mins
  • Use a skewer to find out if it’s ready, if it comes out clean they’re ready to transfer to a cooling rack before decorating.

Here is a few pictures of how ours turned out – excuse the blurriness!!

rainbow cupcake

rainbow cupcake

rainbow cupcake

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