Rainbow Cupcakes (very fun to do with the kiddos)

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Last summer my daughter and I were trying to do a new project or activity that we could do at home everyday using stuff we already had in the house. (summer fun on a tight budget)
We came across this recipe in the Family Fun magazine. Many times this particular magazine has some good ideas but they are too often to difficult for my little one. Anyway, we found this great idea for cupcakes and it was easy enough for Little Diva to help me the whole time.

I have to say that the cupcakes came out looking pretty cool!

What you’ll need

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

How to make it

  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.
    RAINBOW COLOR DROPS OF FOOD COLORING
    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.

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Rainbow Swirl Cookies (so neat looking)

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My daughter and I have been wanting to do a colorful baking project and came across this idea in my mess of recipes and ideas torn out of magazines. After looking at it the recipe is just a sugar cookie recipe. What makes this looks so cool is the way to use food coloring…yes I know you all reading this knew that part 🙂

Anyway I used a bag of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix (that I got free by using coupons 🙂 ) And I used box of neon food coloring along with regular “yellow” and “blue” food coloring.

Ok so first you make the dough as instructed on the box/bag. Then divide the dough into equal quantities for how ever many colors you would like. Mix the food coloring to color desired into the dough.
I did four colors; Yellow, Pink, Purple and Green.
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(Unfortunately, as you can see, I didn’t have four bowls all the same size. LOL)

After the coloring is mixed into the dough you may need to put it into the fridge for about 10 to 20 minutes before the next step.

When the dough is some what chilled, take each color of dough and roll out grape sized balls of dough and set them aside. (see photo below)
Do not mix the colors together, that part comes next.

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Now, once all the dough is now in small grape sized balls. Take one of each color and gently roll just until they stay stuck together, they will kind of look like a beach ball.
Don’t over roll!
If the dough gets to sticky put back into the fridge for about 10 minutes or so then continue.
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Ok now the next part.  Take one of the colored “beach ball” and roll it out to make it like a “snake”.
Kind of how you would roll out play-doh to make spaghetti when you were 5. Of course, my daughter loved this part.

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Once the dough is rolled out into a long “snake”. Start from one end and roll the end and continue to make it into a “spiral”.  What you should end up with is this:

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Then you can either choose to bake as they are, or you can add some sprinkles!  We did sprinkles because…well…my daughter wants to put them on everything. So we rolled the side of the cookies in the sprinkles.
Just make sure there is plenty of space between the cookies when you get ready to bake them because they do spread out some. We baked them at 350 for about 7-9 minutes, make sure you keep an eye on them closely.

Then when they are all done you have some neat looking cookies. And people will think you are even more cool…

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