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Rainbow Cupcakes Recipe

From the second we decided on the Rainbow/Color theme for Zalyn’s First Birthday Party, I was excited about making the cupcakes. I’ve made multi-colored cupcakes before. I did orange, yellow and white ones for Halloween to look like a candy corn. But never have I done 5 colors in one cupcake! It was easy, I will tell you. But a lot of steps.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– 1 box of WHITE cake mix- Make sure it’s the white and not the yellow.

– The ingredients the box calls for. I used Pillsbury. It has an egg white recipe and the whole egg recipe. I used the egg white recipe for two reasons- healthier and the batter will be more white so the colors will mix much more brighter.

Wilton Food Coloring GELS. These are crucial. Don’t use food coloring liquid, you won’t get the vibrancy. I got the multi-pack of the gels from Wal-Mart. They’re actually kinda tricky to find. Some Hobby Lobby locations will have them. But the multi-pack, I’ve only been able to find at Wal-Mart. It’s a better buy than purchasing each color separate.

And here’s what you do:

1. Mix the cake mix, eggs, oil and water in a large bowl or stand mixer.

2. Gather 5 plastic cups. I used these so I wouldn’t stain any bowls. But this is just a personal preference. Seperate the batter into each of the cups. Separate the batter by putting 2 cups of batter into each cup.


3. In each cup add a couple drops of the food coloring gel. Stir until you no longer see any of the white batter. You can add as much of the gel as you want. BUT- if you add too much, it can get runny and make your batter a bit liquidy.

4. Prepare your cupcake tins by lining them with paper liners. I used white ones so my guests could see the color. You can start with any color you want. I mixed it up a bit. I didn’t go in any paticular order. Put 2 tablespoons of one color. If you want the swirl effect,then just add the next color, and the next color, etc. If you want the layered effect without them running together then dip your finger in a small bowl of water and swirl each layer to lay flat. I did the swirl effect. It made them look like colorful marbles.


5. I filled each one up almost completely full. I like a big cupcake, what can I say?

6. Bake as instructed on the cake batter box.

7. Decorate the cupcakes to your liking. You can use the food coloring gels for the icing as well, but I just used white icing.


Voila! You’re done!!!! Aren’t they fun?


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Zalyn’s Rainbow First Birthday Party

I think it’s safe to say that last Sunday was one of my favorite days. (Second, of course, to the day baby girl was born.)

All the planning, all the preparation. All the time put into it…. ALLLLLL worth it. It was perfect.

For food, we did fruit skewers, pasta salad (made my my wonderful mother-in-law), chicken skewers (slaved by my wonderful hubby and in-laws), Rainbow cupcakes (made my me) and cupcake pops (guilty as well.)

We had a “photo booth” complete with a rainbow banner background and tons of goofy props for the guests to dress in for fun, memorable pictures. It was so great to see so many of them get involved.

I set up a spot to display “The Saturday Diaries.” It’s the book I put together of Zalyn’s Saturday pictures and the write-up of what she was doing that week.

We also had a “Birthday Book” in which we asked our guests to draw pictures, tell Z a story, etc. I was totally that hostess that walked around throughout the party, “Did you sign the book?”

And now, without further a due… the photo’s. I believe after this post, I will have reached my limit on the free wordpress account.

sidenote: Zalyn’s dress is from here . My dress is here . My mother got Zalyn’s Birthday hat and bib from here.

I’ll be doing a seperate post about the cupcakes and cake pops soon. 

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A Peak At The Birthday Party

It’s going to take me quite some time to sift through all of the amazing photo’s from Zalyn’s First Birthday Party.

Until then, here’s just a glimpse of what went down yesterday…

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