Rainbow Cupcakes are fun brightly colored cupcakes that are simple to make and will jazz up any dessert table. Perfect for birthday parties or any day of the week.
Simple and Easy – Only a few ingredients are needed and quick to bake in the oven
Kid Friendly – Kids love the bright colored frosting and fun decorations plus they can help
Pantry friendly – box cake mix and canned frosting make these pantry friendly
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Box Cake Mix – any flavor will do, but white or yellow looks best
Pillsbury Funfetti frosting – Bright Blue can. Or vanilla or white frosting and blue food coloring
Rainbow Licorice Ropes – I purchased these from Amazon. Airheads Extreme Ropes will also work. One rope per cupcake.
Mini Marshmallows – any brand, 6 mini marshmallows per cupcake
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1. Prepare your cake mix per instructions on the box.
Step 2. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners. Scoop batter into cupcake liners until three-fourths full.
Step 3. Bake cupcakes following the instructions on your cupcake mix.
Step 4. Place frosting in a piping bag or large Ziploc bag with the corner snipped.
Step 5. Frost cupcakes with the piping bag and blue frosting.
Step 6. Cut about one third of the licorice rope off and set aside. Insert the longer piece into the middle of the cupcake. Make sure to stay towards the middle and not get too close to the edge.
Step 7. Place three mini marshmallows on each side of the rainbow licorice to represent the clouds. Then serve and enjoy.
TIPS AND FAQS
You can purchase the licorice ropes here on Amazon. Any type of rainbow rope candy will work just as well. Like Airhead Extreme Ropes or Rainbow Sweetarts ropes.
You can make as few of these cupcakes as you want, and leave the rest just blue frosted to save on buying the ropes.
Make sure to fill your cupcake liners three fourths of the way full. You want a nice and large cupcake to ensure your rainbow has room to drape over the top of the cupcake. I find that using an ice cream scoop for the batter helps to cut down on the mess.
HOW TO STORE
Store your Rainbow cupcakes on the counter in a covered container. You can store them for up to five days. Be sure to keep them away from heat sources like the oven and stove. Heat will melt your frosting and dry out your cupcakes faster.
- Cupcake Tin
- 12 Cupcakes already baked and prepared
- 12 Rainbow Licorice Rope
- 72 Mini Marshmalows
- 1 can Pillsbury Blue Funfetti Frosting
- Place frosting in a piping bag or large baggie and snip corner.
- Frost cupcakes.
- Cut about a 1/3 off the licorice ropes and set those aside to snack on later. Insert the longer pieces into the middle of the cupcakes. Make sure to stay towards the middle and not get to close to the edge.
- Place three marshmallows on each side to represent the clouds.
- Serve and Enjoy!!