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Double Rainbow Cupcakes

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Double Rainbow Cupcakes
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 60 min
  • Servings 24
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Double Rainbow Cupcakes

These cupcakes have a fun chocolate rainbow garnish and SURPRISE rainbow inside! Get ready for oohs and aahs!


drops each red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple food coloring
cup each red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple candy melts
box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix
cupcake wrappers
quart size freezer bags
can Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on box
waxed paper


  • 1 Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, oil and water. Mix well.
  • 2 Divide batter into six quart freezer bags. Add 3 drops of food coloring into each bag so you have a bag of each color. Seal and squeeze bag to combine.
  • 3 Cut a corner off each bag and pipe out about 2 tsp. of each color into muffin tins lined with cupcake wrappers.
  • 4 Bake at 350° F for 18-22 minutes, until done.
  • 5 While cupcakes are baking, melt each color of candy melts in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each interval, until smooth.
  • 6 Spoon each color candy melt into a quart freezer bag, snip of an end, and use to draw rainbows onto wax paper. Let set completely.
  • 7 When cupcakes are cooled, frost with Betty Crocker™ fluffy white icing. Peel rainbows off wax paper and place on top to garnish.
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As prepared by Gourmet Mom,

We’re having a great time this week featuring Double Rainbow recipes!  What better way to create some rainbow magic than with something sweet … Double Rainbow Cupcakes!

These delicious cupcakes not only have fun chocolate rainbow garnishes on top, your friends and family will be surprised to find a rainbow of colors inside, too!  My kids loved these cupcakes so much that we made 72 of them to take to school and share.  They were a huge hit and definitely something we’ll be making often.

Rainbow Cupcake Recipe

My favorite part is that the kids get to help mix, mash and drizzle the colored batter.  There’s something for everyone to do and a great way to make some fun kitchen memories.  First, gather up your ingredients, prepare the cake mix according to package directions and divide into 6 quart-sized freezer bags. 
Rainbow Cupcake Recipe  

Add food coloring to each bag (one for each color of the rainbow), seal tightly and let your little helpers mix and mash until combined.

make cupcakes

After all your colors are mixed, you’re ready to pipe out your cupcake batter!

cupcake recipe

Cut a small piece of the corner of each bag and squeeze about 2 tsp into each cupcake wrapper.  Don’t worry about covering the entire surface with each color, just make sure they get added in “rainbow order”.
quick cupcakes  

Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes, until done.  While your cupcakes are baking, melt each color of chocolate and spoon each into quart freezer bags.  Tape down some wax paper and draw rainbows! If you’re like me and need some guidelines, you can download this rainbow template and place underneath your wax paper.

easy cupcakes

Let set completely, about 15 minutes.  Don’t worry if they look messy on the back, when you peel them off, the smooth side will be gorgeous!


Frost the cooled cupcakes with white icing and place a chocolate rainbow on top.  Now if there were only a pot of gold included!

colored cupcakes

Mandy Heaston is a busy mom, gourmet cook — and opera singer! Look for Mandy's posts on Tablespoon, and check her member profile often to see what she's cooking up!
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