life is like a rainbow

You need both the sun and the rain to make its colors appear.


These are probably the happiest things I’ve ever made! Just try not to smile when you’re looking at these pretty little babies.


Here’s how to make them:

Start by whipping up the batter for your favorite vanilla cupcakes. Divide the batter into six separate small bowls.


Tint each bowl with food coloring. Paste or gel produces more vibrant colors. I used red, blue, green, yellow, and then I sought out my inner child and mixed red and yellow for orange, and red and blue for purple. Try not to overmix your batter because you’ll develop the gluten in the flour and be left with a very tough, bread-like cupcake. Incorporate the color in the fewest stirs possible.


Drop spoonfuls of each colored batter into the cupcake liners until they are 3/4 full.


When all the liners are filled, use a toothpick to swirl the batter a few times. Use a clean toothpick for each cupcake so that you keep the colors clean, and don’t swirl too much or you’ll mix the colors into an ugly brown. And it won’t pass as chocolate.


Bake them according to the instructions on your cupcake recipe.


Ice them with pure white frosting, because you want to let the rainbow colors in the cake be the stars of the show. I shook rainbow sprinkles over the tops for an extra-cute pop of color.




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