Growing up in San Francisco, I have gone to the Pride parade every year. I couldn’t make it this year, so instead, I decided to make rainbow cupcakes in celebration!
Disclaimer: this recipe was not from scratch. For me, the point was to make something in spirit of Pride and all of the recipes for rainbow cakes from scratch were insanely complicated.
Can you believe that Walgreens didn’t have vanilla cake, frosting or food coloring?
So, I had to go to Whole Foods and the ingredients above were all they had. Slim pickins!
I mixed eggs with oil then added the cake mix to it.
The cake batter was really dry and I knew that wouldn’t work with the plan I had for rainbow cupcakes so I added a little milk to moisten it.
I then split the batter into 6 different bowls and added food coloring to each.
The yellow, orange, and green seemed really similar to me and I was worried that once baked they would all blend together.
I prepped the cupcake pan and began to pour the batter into each cup one by one starting with purple.
I put them in the oven at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes.
When they came out, I thought they looked pretty cute! In the original recipe, each color was an entire layer. That didn’t happen for me, which wasn’t entirely surprising, but I liked the way they looked anyway.
While the cupcakes cooled, I mixed the Whole Foods frosting together.
I took a bite to taste the outcome and to see how the rainbow inside turned out.
Color wise, I thought the cupcakes were pretty but they were definitely pastel – not quite what I wanted for today, but still nice.
Taste wise – sorry Whole Foods, but …. homemade is better! Maybe it was because the only option they had was gluten free? Or maybe I’m just used to homemade now, but I wasn’t entirely convinced with their mix. Regardless, I had fun making these and will definitely try something similar again.
I hope everyone had a fun, safe, and happy Pride weekend!