Pretty, aren’t they? Except maybe for my purple, which came out a bit darker and browner than I’d intended. I don’t have a lot of practice coloring cake batter. Frosting I do every so often (but still not very often), but never the actual cake before.

I’ll definitely be doing it again! I really love how the colors came out (except that purple), and it adds a nice touch to what’s otherwise a pretty boring cupcake. I used a basic yellow cake recipe, one which I probably won’t be using again because it’s just not that interesting. The flavor isn’t really there, even with almost 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and the texture wasn’t that terrific. I’ve made way better yellow cakes, but this one was in a cupcake magazine I’ve had for about a year, so I thought I should give it a try. And now I know!

The frosting wasn’t too bad, even though I ran out of powdered sugar. I did not take a picture, because I chose to go with a chocolate frosting, and the cupcakes didn’t look all that attractive after they were topped with a big brown splotch. Next time I color my cakes, I’ll color the frosting too. Ooh, the combinations could be kinda fun! I’m gonna need to get myself some more gel colors.

So, if there’s nothing special about these cupcakes other than the color, why did I make them?

Well . . .


Our rainbow baby is due at the beginning of December. We’re terrified, excited, and thrilled – but mostly we can hardly believe it’s true. We’re hoping for a happy, healthy pregnancy, but mostly we just want to be able to bring Lauren’s younger sibling home.

Six weeks down, thirty-four to go.