End-of-the-Rainbow Cupcakes

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Cupcake Rainbow
Photo: Blaine Moats
Start To Finish Time:
40 mins
Servings:
26
Yield:
26 to 32 (2-1/2 inch) cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 3 cup Creamy White Frosting or canned creamy white frosting

  • Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red paste food coloring

  • 26 2.5 inch cupcakes in paper bake cups (any flavor)

  • Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red fine or coarse decorating sugars

  • 2 cup tiny marshmallows

Creamy White Frosting

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

  • 4 cup powdered sugar

  • 3 tablespoon milk

Directions

  1. Divide Creamy White Frosting into six portions.* Tint each portion a different color with food coloring. Place each color in a disposable pastry bag or heavy resealable plastic bag.

  2. On a very large serving platter arrange cupcakes tightly together in a rainbow shape; use 6 to 8 cupcakes for the inside row, 8 to 10 cupcakes for the middle row, and 12 to 14 cupcakes for the outside row.

  3. Snip off the tip of each pastry bag or one corner of each plastic bag. Pipe rows of colored frosting onto tops of cupcakes to make a large rainbow. If desired, use a narrow metal spatula to gently spread frosting to fill in gaps. Sprinkle matching sugars over colored frostings. Sprinkle marshmallows over frosting at each end of the rainbow to resemble clouds. Makes 26 to 32 (2-1/2-inch) cupcakes.

Creamy White Frosting

  1. In a large mixing bowl beat shortening, vanilla, and almond extract with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Add 2 tablespoons of the milk. Gradually beat in remaining powdered sugar. Gradually add milk until frosting reaches a spreading consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

Test Kitchen Tip:

The top red band of the rainbow will require the most frosting and subsequent bands of frosting will require less, so divide frosting accordingly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

328 Calories
14g Fat
47g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 26
Calories 328
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 3g
Calcium 30.3mg 2%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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