Rainbow Cupcake Cake

26 May

As my little girl is all about rainbows, but not a huge cake lover, I decided to make a rainbow using cupcakes for her fifth birthday party.  Now, I am not a crafty, creative or talented mom in any way, but, I thought it wouldn’t be too complicated.

And really it wasn’t so bad, just a little laborious with the frosting.

I don’t have pictures of the process because it was all-consuming and I had food coloring all over me!  My fabulous friend and neighbor lent me her MINI cupcake pans and she had a set of Wilton food coloring which made this task so much easier. I also purchased a cupcake pen which was a huge time saver.

So here’s what you need:

food coloring gels

mini cupcake pans — the more the better

1 regular cupcake pan

2 boxes white cake mix (I used Pillsbury)

2 cups water

6 eggs

2/3  cup oil

2 cans vanilla frosting

mini marshmallows

large foam board

I bought a large foam board as the base and glued blue poster board to it for the sky effect.  I mixed up both cake mixes at the same time and started making the mini cupcakes, planning for about 96 minis and 1 big cupcake for the sun.  I had plenty of muffins left over.  I used the gel generously to make the colors pop and was able to do all the colors splitting up just 2 cans of white frosting.  I planned ahead with an idea of how many cupcakes I would need and for which color.  Here is the breakdown:


For the white cloud cupcakes I did 9 cupcakes on each side.  Each cupcake had 8 marshmallows.

For the sun I mixed the leftover orange and yellow frosting to make an orange-yellow sun.  I frosted the surrounding “sun rays” (6 cupcakes) in the same color.

I was completely wowed with the end result.  And my rainbow lover? She stared at it for about 3 hours this morning until her party started…

This may be my best mom accomplishment ever!  Have you ever seen anything like it?!

6 Responses to “Rainbow Cupcake Cake”

  1. Mary Ann May 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm #

    I think the rainbow cake looks fantastic. Nice job! She will always remember the day you made this for her!

  2. elana May 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm #

    this is brilliant and i’ve printed it out just i case i’m feeling energetic enough to give it a try for my girl’s 7th birthday in september as she is a llllll about rainbows too! :)

  3. Author MelindaTripp June 17, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    Love it, pinned it to my creative board! I’ve lately pinned into the night…..I’m an idea person…..so this is a new favorite of mine…..also do your kids play Cut the rope or Where’s my water? Both very educational and fun..I recommend…James gets to play them about 15 min a day…such a treat!

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