These Rainbow Cupcakes are so beautiful! Light, sweet and delicious cupcakes that look like they came striaght from a story book! 

Rainbow Cupcakes

It’s the final day of Cupcake Week! And I saved this fun, colorful, rainbow cupcake for last.

It’s got five layers of colorful cake batter to create this gorgeous, rainbow swirled cupcake. Then it’s topped with pillowy soft buttercream frosting and fun rainbow sprinkles. How cute would these cupcakes be for a birthday party??

Here are the five colors I used, found at Hobby Lobby.

Rainbow Cupcakes

And here’s the order I added them in, starting with the green layer on the bottom and finishing with the purple layer on top.

I’ve been wanting to make rainbow cupcakes ever since I first laid eyes on them, but kept putting it off because I thought it’d be pain with five bowls of cake batter. But it was seriously not that bad, I don’t know why I waited so long! If you’ve been wanting to make rainbow cupcakes, go for it! You will love how these turn out. So fun!

I used Sweetapolita’s Fluffy Vanilla Cake again for these cupcakes, and I’m going to send you over to her blog to get the recipe.

Thanks  for joining me for cupcake week!! I absolutely loved every minute of it. Have a fabulous weekend, friends! xoxo


Click HERE to get the recipe for Fluffy Vanilla Cake!



      • I weighed all my ingredients.
      • I used Egg Beaters Egg Whites in place of the egg whites, so I wouldn’t have leftover yolks. So easy and worked PERFECT!
      •  I used 1 tablespoon vanilla extract.


Cupcake Assembly

5 bottles food coloring in assorted rainbow colors

After preparing the cupcake batter, divide it evenly into 5 bowls (about 1 cup of batter each). Tint each bowl of cake batter with the food coloring until bright and vibrant.

For  STANDARD cupcakes, grease and line muffin tins with cupcake liners, and layer 2 teaspoons of each cake batter in the prepared muffin tins. I used this 2-teaspoon scoop, found at Target, to make this go quickly. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes.

Image of a Rainbow Cupcake

Buttercream Frosting for Rainbow Cupcakes

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Frosts about 24 cupcakes 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These Rainbow Cupcakes are so beautiful! Light, sweet and delicious cupcakes that look like they came striaght from a story book!




Place the butter, sugar, cream and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. If necessary, add more cream, one tablespoon at a time, beating for 1-2 minutes after each addition until desired consistency is reached. Pipe onto cupcakes and top with rainbow sprinkles!

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18 Responses
  1. Mackenzie

    Beautiful pictures! Just wanted to let you know that my reader was filled with about 50-75 repeats of your posts, might want to check it out!

  2. Marci Johnson

    I have absolutely ADORED cupcake week. I think that cupcakes=Happiness. Please continue to gather yummy cupcake recipes and have another cupcake week next year… or in a few months… or next week… :)

  3. Erin @ Brownie Bites

    I never have the patience or skill to make my baked cutes cute ‘n pretty, but I love looking at picture of those are are more talented than I’ll ever be. Adorable cupcakes!

  4. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    This was the perfect way to end the week! I’ve seen these in variations and they did look like a pain but if you say they’re not that bad, I’m gonna trust you on that! Oooh, maybe I’ll make them for St Patricks Day!

    Thanks for all of the yummy recipes!

  5. Helen Boivin

    I just loved your cupcake week. Saved all your recipes and can’t wait to try them out when I get back up north and back to my grandchildren. Being a snowbird is good but being home with all the kids is better. Love all your posts. Thanks so much.

  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I just received an AmeriColor product today! The bright white soft gel paste that was recommended to me to make really bright white icing.

    I love how bright your cupcakes are! For Pride Parade here, people make rainbow everything…and you could make a fortune selling these :)

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