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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Baking a Rainbow!

One thing that we all are now aware of is my deep love of semi-homemade and quick treats. 
I could go into the myriad benefits of these baked goods, but the one I want to focus on today is how fun and easy they are to make with KIDS!

I am lucky enough to spend time with a local youth group. We meet every Tuesday evening for some sort of activity or another. 
This past Tuesday, we took on a baking challenge and attacked the world of crazy colored cupcakes!

After making up a batch of white cake mix, we separated the batter into six equal portions and used about 1/2 tsp. Wilton gels in each bowl to get a good, vibrant variation of colors:

The girls were more than willing to portion, mix, and dye each of the bowls...FUN!

Next, pour two to three colors into each prepared cupcake liner. Do not stack colors, but think more of a pie-chart formation.  Once the colors are in the liners, use a toothpick to swirl, making sure each color is still showing from the top:

Be careful not to OVER stir your colors, because that makes brown.

Be sure to always taste as you go...
what if it is poisonous??
What if it is yucky???
What if it turns your mouth kelly green??
Always eat raw cake batter
...uh, I mean don't.
{Our very own sweet-tooth fairy}

Top with your preferred frosting of choice.
Finish with the obligatory sprinkles!

Allowing kids and teens to use a piping bag for frosting application will make you awesome!

I can tell you that these were so yummy, in addition to being super cute!
I did NOT get a picture of the final product cut open (we actually ended up delivering all of these to various friends and neighbors) but click through below to the recipe we used to see an awesome picture of the inside of these colorful creations!

Find the whole recipe
(and some gorgeous pictures)
over at Newtrition

Now go out and have some COLORFUL baking fun!

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