Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy St. Patty's Day!!

Ok, I'll admit I'm a little late! But, the thought of anyone expecting a St. Patty's Day post prompted me to tell my husband I needed a little bit of computer time tonight! So 2 days late is better than never!

So about 2 years ago I found this in one of my Family Fun magazines. They're Rainbow Cupcakes, and probably the closest thing we get to celebrating St. Patrick's Day around my house! (You'd think, being McM's that we would at least have some decorative 4 leaf clovers...) But for the last 2 years on St. Patrick's Day we make these deliciously colorful cupcakes, and they are so easy!! All you need:

And, of course, the ingredients to make your cake -- mine required water, vegetable oil and 3 eggs. Once you mix your cake batter, divide it into 6 separate bowls. I love to use "kiddie" spoons in mine because they are easy for my 5 year old to stir with, and in this particular project, they are just the right amount to spoon into the cupcake liners.

I let Delaney do all of the color calculations, we talk about what colors she needs, and then as she mixes how much she thinks we need of each color and what colors she needs to make the orange & purple.Once all of the colors are mixed, I just use the kiddie spoons to scoop one spoonful into each cupcake liner, starting with the bottom of the rainbow and working my way up. I made 18 cupcakes with mine. In the original article, they used a spoon to smooth each color over the previous, but I don't have the patience for that!! Here are mine after colors purple, blue, green and yellow.

And after all 6 color layers:Bake according to the cupcake directions on your cake mix, and voila!Who can resist a cupcake that pretty? You can always top with fluffy buttercream frosting or cool whip for a cloud effect, but I love yellow cake mix so much that we eat them just like this!

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