I've had a lot of questions about these cupcakes that I made last year for St. Patricks Day since they were featured on Sister's Stuff today. So let me see if I can help you all out by answering a few questions here.
1. I used Airhead Extremes Sour Belts for the rainbows. You can usually find them in any candy isle. I recently found them in Target's dollar spot.
A trick when using these, they're usually a little soft and don't hold their shape when they're fresh out of the package. So I usually open up the package and let them sit for a day or two before putting them on my cupcakes.
2. To make the cake rainbowed I divided the batter (make sure to use a white cake mix) equally into 5 different bowls, colored each bowl of batter (colors of the rainbow).
...then spooned a bit of each color into the cupcake liner til it was 3/4 full. I used my mini cookie scoop (only filled about half full) to get them filled as evenly as possible.
This step does take a little bit of time, but it's worth it I promise!
Also, I used gel food coloring to get more vibrant colors.
And the final product. So fun to rip open that wrapper and find the rainbow surprise inside.
3. I use real butter for the frosting...gotta use the real stuff!
Cream butter til light and fluffy. Add sugar 1 cup at a time mixing well inbetween. Add milk and vanilla. Then whip until it's light and fluffy...really, keep whipping! Then I spoon my frosting into a quart sized baggie, snip one corner of the bag and pipe the frosting in swirls on top of the cupcake.
Hope that answers the questions.
Good LUCK...hee, hee...with cupcake making! Love these, they are one of my very favorites.