If you ever wondered how to make your cupcakes have that beautiful rainbow frosting look, learn how to create that using this Rainbow Frosting Tutorial.
This Frosting uses a simple piping technique that you can easily do at home. Pick any colors you want for your rainbow frosting to take your cupcakes to the next level.
Rainbow Frosting is perfect for using on cupcakes and cakes for birthday parties, or any celebrations.
You can also use rainbow frosting just for fun to add a special touch to your cakes and cupcakes.
You can use any color combination you want to create rainbow frosting.
You can use three bright colors to actually look like a rainbow or you can use more subtle colors like pink, blue, and purple to create a nice look.
In about 15 minutes, you’ll have brightly colored rainbow frosting that you can use on cupcakes and cakes ready to enjoy!
HOW TO MAKE RAINBOW FROSTING
White frosting is dyed in various colors, then using a piping technique you can achieve a rainbow look that can be used on cupcakes and cakes the whole family will enjoy!
Are you ready to get started?
You’ll find the specific ingredient amounts and detailed instructions in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post.
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- Hand or stand mixer
- Electric Gel Colors
- Piping Bags (16-inch and 12-inch)
- Tip 1m or 2D
- Plastic Spoons
RAINBOW FROSTING INGREDIENTS
This fun Frosting recipe uses easy-to-find ingredients to create a fun frosting you can use on cupcakes and cakes.
All you need is:
- white frosting
- gel food dyes
RAINBOW FROSTING RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS
Take the white frosting and divide it into 3 bowls.
To each bowl, add 1-2 drops of gel food dye and stir to combine.
Add the colored frosting to the 12-inch piping bags without a coupler or tip.
Snip the ends of the tips and set them aside.
Place a 1M or 2D piping tip inside of the 16-inch piping bag. The tip should be pushed down as far as it can go.
Cut the piping bag right underneath the teeth of the tip.
You do not want frosting caught on the plastic from the bag.
Place the colored bags of frosting inside of the 16-inch bag and push them all down so that each of the colors is inside of the tip.
Squeeze with even pressure to make sure that all three colors are coming out together.
If you want to make these cupcakes look like unicorn cupcakes, place the unicorn wrappers around the cupcakes before icing.
Make a swirl, using the rainbow frosting, on the top of the cupcake, and add sprinkles.
In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have a fun snack or dessert that’s sure to become a new favorite!
RAINBOW FROSTING TIPS AND QUESTIONS
If you’ve never made Rainbow Frosting, don’t worry! Below are some common questions and helpful tips.
Hopefully, this will answer any questions you may have. If not, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.
HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO MAKE RAINBOW FROSTING?
This Frosting recipe takes approximately 15 minutes. TOTAL. This includes:
- About 9 minutes to make the white frosting
- Close to 3 minutes to divide the frosting and dye it
- Around 3 minutes to place the frosting in the piping bags
HOW DO I STORE FROSTING?
You can store leftover Frosting in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Simply, re-whip with your stand mixer when you need to use it again.
CAN I USE RAINBOW FROSTING ON ANY CAKES AND CUPCAKES?
Yes, you can use rainbow frosting on any cakes and cupcakes.
This frosting is extremely versatile and will look great on any cakes and cupcakes.
CAN I USE CANNED WHITE FROSTING TO MAKE RAINBOW FROSTING?
You can try using canned white frosting to make the this frosting.
Although, I never tested that, I’m sure it will work out great. The steps will be the same.
CAN I MAKE RAINBOW FROSTING AHEAD OF TIME?
No, I do not recommend making white frosting ahead of time.
White frosting forms a crust after it is made so it is best to use it right after making it.
If you really need to, you can make white frosting ahead of time.
CAN I ADD MORE THAN THREE COLORS TO A PIPING BAG?
No, I do not suggest using more than three colors when making rainbow frosting.
More 12-inch piping bags will not fit into the larger 16-inch bag.
WHAT GOES WELL WITH RAINBOW FROSTING?
Rainbow Frosting goes well with a wide variety of snacks and desserts. These recipes would be great to use this frosting on.
Some of my personal favorites include:
CAN I USE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING INSTEAD OF WHITE FROSTING?
Yes, you can use buttercream frosting in this recipe instead of white frosting.
The steps will be pretty much the same.
WHAT ELSE CAN I ADD TO THIS RAINBOW FROSTING RECIPE?
This fun rainbow frosting recipe not only tastes great, but it’s also incredibly versatile.
Try adding additional touches to your cupcakes or cake-like unicorn cupcake holders or a unicorn cake topper to really add a fun look. YUM!
RAINBOW FROSTING RECIPE
- white frosting
- gel food dyes
- Take the white frosting and divide it into 3 bowls.
- To each bowl, add 1-2 drops of gel food dye and stir to combine.
- Add the colored frosting to the 12-inch piping bags without a coupler or tip.
- Snip the ends of the tips and set them aside.
- Place a 1M or 2D piping tip inside of the 16-inch piping bag.
- The tip should be pushed down as far as it can go.
- Cut the piping bag right underneath the teeth of the tip.
- You do not want frosting caught on the plastic from the bag.
- Place the colored bags of frosting inside of the 16-inch bag and push them all down so that each of the colors is inside of the tip.
- Squeeze with even pressure to make sure that all three colors are coming out together.
- If you want to make these cupcakes look like unicorn cupcakes, place the unicorn wrappers around the cupcakes before icing.
- Make a swirl, using the rainbow frosting, on the top of the cupcake, and add sprinkles.
- In less than 15 minutes, you’ll have a fun snack or dessert that’s sure to become a new favorite!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated with ingredients and serving size and may not be accurate. Please always double check with your own nutritional apps as well.
I hope you enjoy this fun frosting recipe as much as my family does!
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