Everyone seemed to love them (although I think I could have just brought in the coins and it would have been a hit too!). The cupcakes were slightly time consuming, so I don't think I'll make them again until next St. Patrick's Day!
|Top of the cupcake. Gold at the end of the rainbow.|
To make the cupcakes, you will use a white or yellow cake recipe or box mix. Make the cake recipe/mix according to the box directions. Separate the batter into 5 different bowls. Add yellow, green, red, blue and purple food coloring (mix blue and red together if you don't have purple), with 1 color per bowl. Add 1 tablespoon yellow batter to the cupcake holder, smooth to the edge of the wrapper or pan. Next add a tablespoon of green and carefully smooth to the edge.
I did two different batches; one with regular food coloring and one with gel icing colors. The food coloring produced more of a pastel colored cupcake and the gel icing colors produced a much more vibrant color. (see pics below)
You could also make a rainbow cake, but tent aluminum foil over the top of the cake pan so the top of the cake does not get too brown.