Cavalcade of Cupcakes: Second Stop, Rainbow Road

Welcome one and all to the second stop of the 2010 Cavalcade of Cupcakes! After yesterday's pucker-inducing Triple Lemon Heaven cupcake stop, today's needed to be even more awe-inducing. They needed to be even more special because they were for a very special person...

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Today's stop brings us to the cupcakes made in honor of a very special little girl. Our flower girl and my best friend Lizz's daughter Skylar turned 5 years old on June 1, and her birthday party is tomorrow. Lizz and I are always talking about fun stuff to do with or for Skylar since she's pretty much the coolest 5-year old we know. About a year ago, we saw a picture of a cake that we talked about making for Skylar's next birthday.

Now, I'm kind of cupcake obsessed, so I volunteered to make cupcakes for her birthday party. Lizz happily humored me and allowed me to make the cupcakes.

We're going to go backwards for this one... first, the recipe, found through the Taste of Home Community and modified it for cupcakes, though the cooking times stayed the same:

The Best White Cake Ever


* 1 cup whole milk at cool room temperature

* 6 large egg whites at cool room temperature

* 1 ½ cups sugar

* 4 tsp. baking powder

* ¾ tsp. salt

* 2 tsp. vanilla extract

* 2 1/3 cups cake flour

* 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened but still firm


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and adjust a rack to the center position. Grease two 9-inch cake pans with softened butter or Crisco and cover the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper. In a medium bowl stir together the milk, egg whites, and vanilla with a fork.

2. Place the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and ¼ of the milk mixture and mix on low speed until dry ingredients are moistened, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the batter comes together, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium high and mix for 2 minutes stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Add the remaining milk/egg white mixture to the batter in three batches mixing for about 20 seconds after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on medium high until batter is homogeneous and light, about 30 seconds longer.

3. Scoop the batter into lined cupcake tins, filling about 3/4 full. Bake 23-25 minutes until lightly browned and springy.

4. Remove the pans from the oven and allow to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes to cooling racks, and allow to fully cool before decorating.


The finished product, topped with a simple Italian meringue buttercream icing made with shortening to make it shelf-stable:

rainbow cupcakes

Now, you can sort of see there are a few things I left out.

First, these little jars became my friends.

rainbow cupcakes

And, I didn't exactly "scoop the batter" into cupcake tins. First, I divided it into 6 separate bowls and dyed each bowl a different color. Then, I layered the batter one color at a time into the cupcake tins making a sort of bullseye pattern.

rainbow cupcakes

When I say I made a lot of cupcakes (which I did) I mean I made a lot of cupcakes. Not quite as many as I made yesterday with Wendy, but still... 60 is a lot of cupcakes!

rainbow cupcakes

rainbow cupcakes

There are 2 boxes like that.

The best part? The gratuitous "cut in half" shot of the beautiful rainbowiness (that's not a word, but I'm going with it).

rainbow cupcakes

The kids will be decorating these with sprinkles, jelly beans, candy corn, and other lovely goodies at the party tomorrow, and Ill be sure to post a picture of Skylar with her birthday cupcakes... I'm telling you though, if you know anyone who may enjoy some fun cake, MAKE THESE!! They're fun, easy, and end up looking tie dyed and super fun. (Yes, I said super fun.)

Please come back SUNDAY for the third and final stop on our Cavalcade of Cupcakes. We'll take a turn away from the sugar and a bit more towards the healthy side of things.

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21 Responses to Cavalcade of Cupcakes: Second Stop, Rainbow Road

  1. ashley says:

    wow the colors are so vibrant!! how fun!
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  2. Wei-Wei says:

    Skylar is SO cute! I love love love love love (and my hands are about to cramp up from typing the word love) those cupcakes. Gosh. So colourful and fun! I bet the kids would love decorating them. Great job! 🙂

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  3. Christina says:

    That pic of Skylar is adorable! I hope she has a wonderful birthday! 🙂 The cupcakes turned out beautiful Mara – great job!
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  4. Marianne says:

    Once I saw the cupcake photo, I had to scroll back up and see if I’d missed the part where you added the colouring. LOL! They do look very fun – perfect for a 5 year old’s birthday party.
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  5. Michelle says:

    Wow!! What a feel AWESOME cup cake!! The swirly rainbow’s are not only perfect for kids, but adults too!! I’d pick this over a classic red velvet any day. 😛
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  6. Those are the most fun cupcakes I have ever seen. Too cool, Mara!! 🙂
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  7. Lauren says:

    These cupcakes are amazing!!!!!! How in the world did you make them look so fantastic. Wait, I know the answer to that…you’re just amazing! 🙂

    Love you girl!
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  8. Jocelyn says:

    hey girl! These cupcakes look fantastic! They look SO cool inside :D:D The kids will LOVE them!

  9. Those cupcakes are AWESOME!!!! And what a precious picture of the little one- she’s a cutie pie!

  10. dragonmamma/naomi says:

    They look like they were tie-dyed! Grooooovy, baby!

  11. WOW ! I think those are the cutest cupcakes I’ve ever seen 😉
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  12. mom says:

    these are beautiful!!

  13. Amazing- so creative and I’m sure all the kids loved them! I bet you have to be one of the favorite people of this little girl- I mean rainbow.cupcakes.
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  14. chau says:

    very cute!!!

  15. Kristina says:

    WOW, these are so cool! and the frosting is beautiful… I am practicing frosting this weekend, getting… better. 🙂
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  16. Kristen says:

    Mara! These look awesome! I always had an idea to dye white cake but I’ve been to chicken/lazy to try it out! I’ll definitely have to now!!

  17. Cyndi says:

    Love the bright cupcakes with loads of color. I will have to try that. Fun!

  18. I would love to try making these cupcakes! I love the burst of color throughout. Perfect for a little girl. I would have been over the moon with these!
    Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)´s last blog post ..Viva Las Vegas: First stop Baker, Ca

  19. Tiare says:

    Hi, how wonderful the cupcakes are.

    Could you tell me how many the recipe makes, I need to do 60…..I’m a bit scared actually!


    • Hi Tiare! The original cake recipe makes about 24 cupcakes, though when I made them, they were a little big. You could probably get 27-28 out of a single recipe. I would recommend just doubling the recipe and filling your cups a little more than half, and you’ll get 60. It’ll be great! Don’t be nervous!

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