Taste the rainbow🌈

Yesterday, I overheard a conversation about cupcakes.

For some reason, a wave of nostalgia hit me. You see, I was a Girl Guide years ago. And y’know being part of the Girl Guides, we were always stereotyped as the ‘girl-next-door who sells cookies’. However, we are more than that! We can go hardcore; pitching tents, starting fires, building structures, camping outdoors and sleeping with the bugs, crawl in mud and other wacky antics.

But I digress.

We held a cooking lesson once, to teach our juniors a couple of recipes. The one recipe that stood out the most? You guessed it. Rainbow coloured cupcakes.

The first time I made this pretty lil’ thing.

I know there are tons of rainbow cupcake recipes out there. Hell, even the one I got was shamelessly straight off another website (I couldn’t remember how we made it but the recipe on the site looks almost the same as the one we had). But I was so so so tempted to make this post to share the holy goodness of the rainbow cupcakes.

So screw it, here you go!



Serves: 12 

  • 1/2 cup (125g) caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (125g) self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 4 bottles food colouring, red, blue, yellow, green



Preparation:30min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:45min

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. Line a 12 hole cupcake tray with patty cups.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.
  3. Beat the eggs in one at a time adding a little flour in each time until the ingredients are mixed.
  4. Add the vanilla essence and mix. Then add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time mixing after each addition.
  5. Divide the mixture into 6 bowls:
    In Bowl 1 – Add half a cap of red colouring
    In Bowl 2 – Add half a cap of red and half a cap of yellow
    In Bowl 3 – Add half a cap of yellow
    In Bowl 4 – Add half a cap of green
    In Bowl 5 – Add half a cap of blue
    In Bowl 6 – Add half a cap of blue and half a cap of red
    Mix colouring into each mixture after adding.
  6. Divide the purple mixture between the 12 cases. Repeat with the other mixtures in this order: Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red. It will be one coloured layer of mixture over another coloured layer of mixture.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes.


We had a couple of failed ones but hey! Still delicious.

Rainbow cupcakes are sweet of course, thanks to the vanilla essence. Taste wise, it is nothing remarkable. Still the fluffy texture and the pretty shades of colours are more than enough to give this dessert a deserving spot at parties and gatherings.

If you want a more ‘visual’ recipe, check out Cake Journal!


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