I told you that Little Miss got all banged up- but I don’t know if I shared how miserable she’s been! This kid has been in a ton of pain, so while we have worked at getting her comfortable with meds, I’ve also been going out of my way to spoil her rotten. She LOVES cake, and also loves rainbows, so, in her words, we made these Rainbow Tie-Die Cupcakes to “feel me better!”
Rainbow Tie-Dye Cupcakes
These were surprisingly easy to make (or, they would be if you weren’t trying to make them with a houseful of helpers, who just aren’t that helpful). To be totally honest, I totally slacked off on these, and every last element is store bought. So, if you want to make them, you can totally use a boxed mix, some gel food coloring, that awesome squirt-able decorator icing, fruit by the foot, and sprinkles.
Start by having your adorable helper mix up the cake mix according to instructions. Don’t forget to have a back up cake mix in case she throws a whole egg (shell and all) in there while you aren’t looking and have to start over. Then, don’t forget to let her lick the spatula!
Then, spoon a cup of batter into 4 bowls. I added in a huge amount of gel coloring (about half of one of the squeeze tubes) and mixed them right up. The longest part of this whole project is spooning the batter into the cupcake wrappers. You want to go slowly, and add a teaspoon of each color at a time to the cups until they are all about even and you are out of batter. Then, use a bamboo skewer (or a knife, or a toothpick) to give it a little swirl in the cup before baking.
To finish, top with frosting, and cut the fruit by the foot into one inch pieces. I secured them with a tiny bit of extra frosting at the bottom, and then added some gold sprinkles to be the gold at the end of the rainbow. Years ago, when my girlfriend made these for a birthday party, they had rainbow fruit by the foot instead of the two colored version I have. I couldn’t find any of the rainbow ones in my town *tear* but you may have better luck where you live. Give it a try, Seriously, it’s way easy!