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:
Rainbow Heart Cupcakes
1 box of quality white cake mix
1 box of quality icing
India Tree Natural Food Coloring
Whatever else the boxes above require
Wilton silicone heart cupcake molds
1. Preheat the oven. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box.
2. Separate the cake batter into 4 bowls and add 6 drops of one food coloring to one bowl. Switch colors and repeat in a separate bowl.
3. Mix well and set aside for 5 minutes. Decide if you want to add more color to each bowl.
4. Layer the batter gently, one color at a time into each mold.
5. Bake as directed. Prepare the icing.
6. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely, apply icing and sprinkles/nonpareils.