Rainbow Love Cupcakes Recipe

Experience the enchantment of Rainbow Love Cupcakes, perfect for bringing a touch of magic to any celebration. These delightful treats are adorned with colorful layers of cake, buttercream frosting, marshmallow clouds, and rainbow sour straps. Ideal for kids’ parties, pride celebrations, or any event that could use a splash of color and joy.


  • All-Purpose Flour: 3 cups
  • Baking Powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Granulated Sugar: 1 1/4 cups
  • Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Milk: 1 1/2 cups
  • Vegetable Oil: 1/2 cup
  • Butter: 1/2 cup, softened
  • Greek Yogurt: 2 tablespoons (can substitute with sour cream)
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Large Eggs: 2
  • Food Coloring: Yellow, green, blue, purple, red, orange
  • Rainbow Sour Straps: 24 pieces
  • Mini Marshmallows or Marshmallow Sprinkles
  • Buttercream Frosting: 1 batch


Prepare the Batter:

  1. Preheat the oven to 320°F (160°C).
  2. Line a cupcake tin with paper cupcake cases.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  4. In another bowl, mix the milk, vegetable oil, softened butter, Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and eggs until smooth.
  5. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.

Color the Batter:

  1. Divide the batter into six bowls. Color each one with a different food coloring: yellow, green, blue, purple, red, orange.

Bake the Cupcakes:

  1. Spoon the colored batter into the cupcake cases, layering the colors to create a rainbow effect.
  2. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  3. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before decorating.


  1. Frost each cupcake with a smooth layer of buttercream.
  2. Cut the rainbow sour straps into pieces and arch them on the cupcakes to mimic rainbows.
  3. Add mini marshmallows or marshmallow sprinkles around the base of the rainbow for clouds.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 12 servings
Category: Dessert
Method: Baking
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian


  • For the brightest and most vivid colors, use gel food coloring.
  • Layer the colored batters gently to maintain distinct rainbow layers without them blending together.
  • Use a piping bag or a spoon to neatly apply the frosting, creating a perfect canvas for your decorations.


Q: Can I make these cupcakes gluten-free? A: Yes, simply substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend designed for baking.

Q: How far in advance can I make these cupcakes? _A: These cupcakes are best enjoyed within 24 hours of baking for optimal freshness, but you can prepare them a day ahead and keep them in an airtight container.

Conclusion: Rainbow Love Cupcakes are more than just a treat; they are a vibrant celebration of color and sweetness. Perfect for any festive occasion, these cupcakes are guaranteed to delight and impress with their playful appearance and delicious taste. Enjoy creating and serving these magical cupcakes at your next gathering!

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