Sunshine Cupcakes

Spring is not being friendly to us here in Northern Wisconsin. The skies are gray and dismal, the ground is brown and frozen. And the forecast? Snow!

And if you've ever resided in such a place as this, you would know how bad we crave the sunshine here. CRAVE.

When the forecast for this week called for another 2-5" of snow, I decided I had to make my own sunshine. These little cupcakes did cheer me up. They cheered Henry and Sam up to. And the dog. Especially after she had clean-up duty around the highchair when Henry finished his.

Sunshine Cupcakes
1 box of yellow cake mix (and ingredients it calls for)
1 recipe white frosting
orange food coloring
yellow food coloring
candy corns
mini chocolate chips

Prepare the cupcake mix according to the package (or use your favorite recipe). Spray your cupcake pan or use liners. Put half of the batter into 2 bowls. In one bowl, add yellow food coloring until you get a nice deep yellow (gel food coloring works best). In the other bowl make orange.

Put about 1-1/2 T. of the orange batter into the bottom of each cupcake cup. On top of this, put 1-1/2 T. of the yellow batter. Don't try to spread it, it will naturally set nicely when it bakes. Repeat with the orange batter on top of the yellow. (My recipe made about 18 cupcakes).

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 16-20 minutes or until they spring back when touched in the center. Cool completely.

Add orange food coloring to the frosting and frost the cupcakes, adding the candy for decoration.

I also made a batch of these in rainbow colors. I bring them to school for the kids. I used my favorite white cake recipe because it works better with the rainbow colors.


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Anna said...

Tanya, these are so cute! Kids have to love them! Indeed, your cupcakes are the only sunshine that we will see today. Again, why are we living here???? Oh ya - our husbands jobs.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I just love these adorable cupcakes. I can't wait to make them. Happy Easter Tanya!


Debbie @ OtRD said...

So cute! What a great idea!

Naomi said...

These cupcakes make my day! I'm going to bake some up this evening for my friend who's just had a baby. Thanks so much!

Bella said...

Yup I am making these!! So cute! I am just in love with them!!

Melaina25 said...

Super cute!

Tami said...

These are super cute! I can't help but smile looking at them. :)

Tanya said...

Thanks everyone! Happy Easter to you all :)

Millie said...

I hope you have sunshine VERY soon Tanya! It's very Autumnal here, the nights are cold & our fire is blazing. Easter Blessings to you all.
Millie x

Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

These are adorable! What a great idea!