Rainbow Heart Cupcakes Recipe for Valentine’s Day

by Jennifer on February 7, 2012

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I try not to fixate. I try not to stare. I think it is rude, time-consuming and takes to much energy. Then again I am a bit fixated on my kids and that is totally worth it.

However, I have been fixated, have been staring and have maybe, just maybe, spent too much time thinking about: this beautiful board I created on Pinterest:

Because I could not get rainbows out of my mind, I decided to start trying some techniques in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Since I knew it would take a few attempts to get my rainbows just right, I grabbed a boxed cake and icing mix from Trader Joe’s and set to work.

My first try last week resulted in what I call ‘scary psychedelic’ rainbows although the kids I shared them with did not seemed scared or traumatized in any way. Phew.

I went at it again yesterday and made both heart shaped cupcakes and a large heart shaped cake. I used India Tree natural food coloring and one drop of regular food coloring but only because I wanted to make sure the colors were a bit brighter for these photos. When you use the natural food coloring, be sure to use a good amount so you get a nice pastel color.

Another picture because truth be told, you need more of them….

Snap out of it cause here comes the recipe:

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch February 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

Cute cupcakes, Jennifer! I’m off to check out your rainbow board. How fun!

Sammi Richardson February 8, 2012 at 9:33 am


Wow! This cupcake recipe sounds delicious and it’s very cute too! I’m a big fan of any sweet desserts. I work for Kamut International. I bet these recipes would be equally as tasty if made with Kamut wheat flour too! Yum!
Thanks for sharing!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

These cupcakes are adorable! I love the different colors in them!!

Dmarie February 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

oh, how cute!!

NYC Single Mom February 5, 2015 at 11:28 am

we love cupcakes but havent tried the layered color versions. Will have to plan as a project for the winter break.

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