Rainbow Cupcakes


Learn how to make rainbow cupcakes with this recipe. These colorful treats taste the same as normal cake but are more fun to eat! And they're perfect for kids and people of all ages.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup milk

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature

  • red food coloring

  • blue food coloring

  • green food coloring

  • yellow food coloring


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line two 12-cup muffin pans with paper baking cups.

  2. Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk together milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla in a separate bowl until evenly blended; set aside.

  3. Beat sugar and butter with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next. Pour in the flour mixture alternately with the milk mixture, mixing until just incorporated.

  4. Divide cake batter into four separate bowls. Add a few drops of food coloring into one bowl of batter and stir; add more food coloring if necessary to reach the desired shade. Repeat with remaining colors and bowls of batter.

  5. Using a different spoon for each color batter, spoon a small portion of each color into the cupcake liners, until 1/2 to 3/4 full. Do not mix the batter once it is in the cupcake liner.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes clean, 15 to 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
9g Fat
19g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 154mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 2g
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 32mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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