Make Me: St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes

It is said that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold, hidden deep in the Irish countryside.  The most popular hiding place for this pot of gold is, of course, at the end of a rainbow.

These delicious little rainbows do not have pots of gold at the end of them but they do have icing on top of them and they are, thankfully, far less ellusive than real rainbows.   They'd be a perfect addition to any St. Patrick's day celebration.

Here's how to make them. 

First, collect your supplies, you'll need:

-yellow cake batter
-food coloring
-paper baking cups
Begin by preparing your cake batter according to your recipe. 

Next, seperate the cake batter evenly into 6 containers.
Then dye each cup of batter a different color of the rainbow.  I like to use Wilton gel food coloring, it makes beautiful, rich colors.  I would highly recommend using them instead of the liquid food coloring from the grocery store. 

Now begin layering batter into your prepared muffin tin purple first. 
Then do the same with the blue...
And the green...
Slap on some yellow...
Add a dollop of orange...
And finally top it off with a spoonful of red.

Bake cupcakes according to recipe.
Remove from oven and let cool. 

Once cooled, the outside of the cupcake will look like this.  Meh, nothin' special.
But crack 'er open and you have a vibrant and delicious rainbow surprise!

My 4 year old nephew actually told me that his cupcake was "too beautiful to eat." 

And then I died of acute cute overload.

You can also play around with the layering to make other cool creations-
Happy baking!

                                                      dry erase board by yours truly