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End of the rainbow cupcakes

Chelsea is the author of the food blog Chelsea's Messy Apron where she shares a wide variety of recipes including family-friendly and easy meals, lots of baked goods and desserts, and plenty of healthy eats. She received her BA in Exerci...

Will you find the pot of gold?

The best kinds of cupcakes are the ones that have extra treats stuffed inside or on top. These cupcakes are covered with sweet and sour rope candy, marshmallows and lots of frosting.

 Rainbow cupcakes

If you aren't a huge fan of green, but still want a festive St. Patrick's Day recipe, these cupcakes are perfect for you. Even if you don't find a pot of gold at the end of these rainbows, you still get a sweet, tasty treat.

 Rainbow cupcakes

To make these cupcakes, I used a yellow boxed mix. If you want, you can use your favorite cupcake recipe, but the box mixes are quick and easy.

You start by preparing the cake mix according to the package directions. Then the batter gets evenly separated into three different bowls to get dyed.

These cupcakes not only have a rainbow on top — they are rainbow colored themselves.

 Rainbow cupcakes

One bowl gets dyed yellow, the next orange and the last red.

Line a cupcake tray with cupcake liners and don't forget to preheat the oven.

 Rainbow cupcakes

I used a cookie scoop to scoop red batter down first. Next scoop the orange batter right on top of the red and finally scoop the yellow batter on top.

 Rainbow cupcakes

The cupcake liners should be three-quarters full. The cupcakes go into the oven and are baked according to the package directions or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 Rainbow cupcakes

Once the cupcakes are finished baking and completely cooled, the decorating can begin.

Separate a frosting container into two bowls. One gets dyed blue and the other stays white. The blue frosting gets frosted on the cupcakes with a butter knife. The white frosting gets piped on using a star tip.

Insert each end of the rainbow candy into the white frosting "clouds." To make the clouds more prominent, place miniature marshmallows on top of the white frosting.

 Rainbow cupcakes

Rainbow cupcake recipe

Serves 14-16


  • 1 (15.25 ounces) yellow cake mix plus ingredients called for on the package
  • 1 container vanilla frosting
  • 1 package (4.5 ounces) Airheads Xtremes Sweetly Sour Candy — Rainbow Berry
  • 1 bag miniature marshmallows
  • Red, orange, yellow and blue food dye


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cupcake tray with liners and set aside.
  2. Prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
  3. Separate the prepared cake mix evenly into 3 different bowls.
  4. Dye the mix in one of the bowls red, another bowl orange and the last bowl yellow.
  5. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the red mix into the bottom of all of the cupcake liners.
  6. Top with a scoop of orange and the a scoop of yellow.
  7. Bake and let cool completely.
  8. Separate the tub of frosting into 2. Dye one of the halves blue and put the other half into a frosting bag with a star tip.
  9. Frost the cupcakes with the blue frosting.
  10. Pipe on the white frosting into small circles.
  11. Attach the rainbow candies onto the cupcake by inserting each side into the white frosting.
  12. Cover the white frosting with miniature marshmallows.

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