Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

These cupcakes have become quite popular on several of the Livejournal baking communities. They are fun, funky, and very easy to make! A great project to do with kids!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 19 12 ounces white cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 13 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 ounces food coloring (Gel food coloring is best, Betty Crocker offers traditional colors as well as neon colors)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese frosting


  1. Mix the cake batter according to package directions.
  2. Evenly divide prepared batter into several different bowls. The amount of bowls will depend on the amount of colors you want for your cupcakes.
  3. Add a generous amount of gel food coloring to each bowl until you have a vibrant batter.
  4. I usually mix 7 bowls - red, orange, pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  5. Line your muffin tin with paper cups and then begin spooning the colored batter into the cups.
  6. Add batter color by color, one tablespoon of red in each of the cups, then added a tablespoon of orange on top of the red, and so on until all colors were used. The colors will not "leak".
  7. Fill the cups approximately 2/3 full of batter.
  8. Bake as directed on the box.
  9. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely, and frost to your liking.
  10. I used whipped cream cheese frosting to give the cupcakes a "cloud" effect.
Most Helpful

Wonderful idea! I just made these for my best friend, as i can't really afford to get her a nice birthday gift this year. She absolutely adored them!

Kaety June 07, 2010

Cool cupcakes! My whole family enjoyed them! Thanks!

1baytown September 05, 2013

These were amazing!! Such a great idea! Used a from-scratch recipe instead of a box mix, and had some neon food coloring on hand. They look great. :)

Krystine January 29, 2012