It’ll be a Happy St. Patrick’s Day with these Rainbow Cupcakes!

Calling all leprechauns! On the hunt for a colorful St. Patrick’s Day treat? Look no further than these rainbow-licious cupcakes that are guaranteed to be better than any plain ol’ pot of gold. And although the picture and directions to these holiday confections seem a *little* tricky… the luck the Irish is on your side!


  • White cake mix (we used an 18-1/4-ounce box)
  • Food coloring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
  • Baking cups
  • Whipped cream (optional)


1. Prepare your favorite white cake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Following the chart below, dye each bowl of batter a rainbow color.

Purple 9 red and 6 blue drops
Blue 12 drops
Green 12 drops
Yellow 12 drops
Orange 12 yellow and 4 red drops
Red 18 drops

2. Line 16 muffin pan wells with baking cups. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, and so on, following the order shown. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the color underneath.

3. Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.

This recipe and directions were found at Disney’s Family Fun Site.

Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day ideas? Check out our Pinterest page!

4 Responses

  1. Carol Ann

    I made similar ones a year and a half ago on my daughters 6th birthday for her classroom treat. I also made her a rainbow layer cake.

  2. Karen B

    I’ve done these before. I found it easiest to put the batter in small ziplock bags and cut a corner off to pipe the batter into the cups. I know it’s wasteful with the bags, but they come out much better.

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