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Michelle’s Groovy Cupcakes

June 25, 2012

My daughter’s friend Lexi posted the cutest cupcakes on Instagram a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to make them immediately.  They were the most colorful cupcakes I’d ever seen and looked super yummy.

When my kids were little we used to add food coloring to everything!  Pancakes, waffles, frosting, cookies, etc. but we never made cupcakes using any different colors other than what the box made.

It is so fun to add food coloring when baking.  I used the Wilton Gel colors like I do for frosting’s and it was perfect!  Very vibrant color can be achieved with gel colors.  I also tried a new cake mix because the first time I used a regular white cake and I think white cake has a strange flavor (I usually make yellow).  I found that Betty Crocker now has a Vanilla cake mix and it was super yummy; of course, with my luck it’s been out for years and I just never saw it 🙂

I have already made this recipe twice 🙂  You’ll have a great time with kids in the kitchen making these cupcakes.

Here’s what you need:

1 – 15.25 oz. box vanilla cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup water
gel food colors – I used teal, violet, yellow, and pink

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place liners into 12 jumbo muffin tins or liners into 24 regular size muffin tins and set aside.

Make the cake batter according to the package directions.

Pour batter evenly into four small bowls.
Using a toothpick get a good sized dollop of gel coloring (about 1/8 tsp.) and put in the plain cake batter.  Using a spoon or small spatula stir until completely incorporated.
Evenly distribute between all 12 or 24 baking cups one color at a time.
Carefully spoon each color on top of the last.  It won’t look like much (only about 1/2 full when all four colors are in) but they are the perfect size when baked.

Bake for 18 – 22 minutes for regular size and 22 – 26 minutes for jumbo size.  Test with a toothpick inserted into the center.  They are done when the toothpick comes out clean.  Do not over bake.

When done, remove to a cooling rack and cool completely.
I frosted the cupcakes with Michelle’s Vanilla Buttercream 

 Don’t they just look groovy?

Beautiful vibrant colors and super easy to make.

Serves – 12 jumbo cupcakes or 24 regular cupcakes

Here’s the handy printable – Michelle’s Groovy Cupcakes 
Here’s the handy printable – Michelle’s Vanilla Buttercream 
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From → Cupcakes, Dessert

  1. WOWWWWWWThese are AWESOME !!I love playing with colors, and I just looooooooooove this cupcakes

  2. I nominated your for the One Lovely Blog Award. Thanks for all your fabulous posts!

  3. So pretty! What a perfect cupcake for a fun party!

  4. Wow! They look so colorful & tempting, seriously look amazing!

  5. I absolutely love the colour combo! Great idea to pipe white frosting on top, really makes the colours stand out.

  6. Winnie,These were so fun to make too 🙂

  7. Wow, I'm honored to be nominated,thank you so much.

  8. Thanks Dorothy, they were so fun to make 🙂

  9. Thanks Ambreen! They were very fun to make. I've already made two batches.

  10. Thanks Nicola! The frosting was the best part lol. YUM

  11. What fun!! My girls would love these. Thanks for posting!! Nichi


  13. This is such a cute idea! I love the bright colors and they would definitely be a total hit with the kids.

  14. I can't wait to make these with my kids! They will love them!! Thanks for sharing!Im a new follower! I would love for you to visit my blog too!

  15. They turned out fantastic, I love the colors you used!

  16. psychodelic yum

  17. My daughter saw this and is trying to make them right now! They smell so good!New follower from the Blog Hop -BuffiMy Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

  18. These are for sure groovy! Love them!Make sure you stop by and share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party.Can't wait to see more posts.

  19. Oh my gosh, these are so cool!! The kids would love the pink and purple! Please stop by and link them to Foodie Friday

  20. I cant wait to try this! I love the colors! Thank you for sharing this idea.

  21. The colors are so bright! Is that because you used gel? I made some for Emanuelle's birthday in March and the colors were not as vibrant.Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!!

  22. These look so cute and yes, groovy! Thank you for posting on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you'll be back this week.-Mackenzie

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