Every year for the girls’ birthday parties we’ve been making some kind of cupcake so it’s simple to serve to a group and, an awesome side effect, they can easily blow out their candles without worrying about germs on an entire cake. This year Zoey once again decided to go with angel food cupcakes which led to this rainbow theme. These were super simple to create and I figured I’d share the final results with you.
If you’re curious about other cupcake options here are some that we’ve made before:
- Several years ago we did this same idea with a single color making a range of orange to white cupcakes with cool marbling effects. That time the food dye was added to the entire bowl of angel food mix and partially stirred in to create the marbling.
- Last year Zoey wanted strawberry cupcakes so I switched out our normal angel food with a box of white cake instead and then added strawberry Jello for the most incredibly moist and flavorful cupcakes.
- Over the years, for Ada, we keep making brownie cupcakes with various mix-ins including pineapple tidbits.
What You Need
This is super simple. All you need to make this is a box of angel food cake, food dye, and, optionally, any toppings. We frequently make these the day before and top them with whip cream and sprinkles right as we serve them. To bake I used three cupcake tins with silicon liners and simplified mixing it up by using my stand mixer.
What I Did
Following the directions on the box I started by combining the angel food mix with one and a third cup of water in my stand mixer. Once it was ready I split the mix between three bowls and added food dye to each one so I had three unique colors matching the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.
With the mix ready I put silicon liners into two of my cupcake tins and started filling them up with the dyed angel food cake batter. To get the maximum number of unique cupcakes I decided to fill a third of the liners halfway up with each color. This meant, from the two dozen, I had eight with yellow bottoms, eight with blue bottoms, and eight with red bottoms. I then halved each of these sets of colors and filled them the rest of the way up with the alternate color. This meant my eight yellow bottomed cupcakes became four cupcakes with yellow topped with red and four cupcakes with yellow topped with blue. Once I filled all two dozen cupcake liners I took a chopstick and lightly mixed them together so each cupcake became marbled rainbow composed of its two primary colors along with its resulting secondary color. For example the red and yellow cupcake became a mix of red, yellow, and orange.
I had leftover angel food cake batter after filling the two dozen cupcake liners so I grabbed a third tin, filled it with more liners, and randomly emptied out all three bowls into them. I had one cupcake with hardly any mix at the end so I moved it over to another cupcake liner, gave them all a final mix with my chopstick, removed the empty liners, and declared the tins ready to be baked.
While I was mixing the colorful angel food cake batter together I had set the oven to 350°F so it could preheat. This meant I could easily toss them right into the oven to bake for 28 minutes.
Once they had cooled I carefully cut one of the cupcakes in half to check on the colors, take a photo for this post, and then divided it up so we could all have a small taste test.
The remaining cupcakes were carefully put into a container in my fridge for the party the next day. At the party I used a whip cream dispenser to create my whip cream so I could then top each cupcake with the whipped cream before sprinkling sprinkles on top and handing them out. This process also meant I didn’t have to worry about the cupcakes getting too squished or jostled before the party and could store them in stacked in a container on its side if need be.
Zoey absolutely loved her cupcakes and I had to share them with you. Whether you choose to use a single dye color or create a rainbow effect like here I’d love to hear about it so feel free to share in the comments below. How did it go? How did they turn out? What was your party theme?
As a quick aside I could see this also being a fun sensory activity if you’re teaching color mixing to your child whether it’s a watched toddler activity or an accompanying art project for a teen.
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