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Almost Soapmaking: Faux Funnel Pour & Rainbow Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes: Nom, nom, nom!
Rainbow Cupcakes: Nom, nom, nom!

Soapmaking tends to branch out into the rest of my life, I’m sure it does for any other die-hard soapmaker, too! The Almost Soapmaking series is where my soapmaking prowess has eaten alive an aspect of my life outside of soapmaking.

Today, it’s baking where the faux funnel pour soap design technique blurs lines between edible and non-edible treats with these delish rainbow cupcakes!

I’m lazy and usually use boxed cake mix when I make these bad boys, but if you have a standby white cake recipe, it’ll work just as well!

Rainbow Cupcakes: Supplies

  • 1 box of white cake mix or white cake recipe
  • 6 bowls & 6 spoons
  • Food coloring
  • Cupcake pan
  • Cupcake liners

PREP WORK: Line your cupcake pan with cupcake liners, if using. Whip up your cake recipe or box of cake mix according to it’s directions. Split the batter into six even portions.

GET STARTED: Use food coloring to color each bowl of cake batter a color of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, & Purple.) Make sure to thoroughly incorporate the food coloring for even color.

Here’s the “formulas” for each color I used when using a standard set of food coloring (the ones with liquid colors of red, yellow, green, & blue) with a box of cake mix:

  • Red – 4 drops of red food coloring
  • Orange – 2 drops of red food coloring, 4 drops of yellow food coloring
  • Yellow – 5 drops of yellow food coloring
  • Green – 3 drops of green food coloring, 3 drops of yellow food coloring
  • Blue – 6 drops of blue food coloring
  • Purple – 4 drops of red food coloring, 3 drops of blue food coloring
Mixing the Red Food Coloring In
Mixing the Red Food Coloring In
Rainbow Cupcake Batter
Rainbow Cupcake Batter

LAYER IT: Using a teaspoon, drop two teaspoons of purple batter in the bottom of each cupcake cavity. Add two teaspoons of blue batter in the center of the purple batter. Continue layering each color until you have two teaspoons of each color in each cavity. I tend to use more like 1.5 teaspoons of the purple and blue, and slowly increase the amount up to 2 teaspoons by the time I reach the red.

Add 2 Teaspoons of Each Color
Layer each color, starting with purple
Layering the Rainbow Cupcake Batter
Completely layered rainbow cupcake batter

BAKE & ENJOY: Bake the cupcakes according to the box or your recipe’s directions. Let them cool, top them off with delicious frosting, and a dash of rainbow sprinkles. Enjoy!

Translation: Soapmaking

Soaping with AmyUsing a spoon to layer each portion of the colored cupcake batter is just like the faux funnel soap design technique. To use this technique in soap, just use a bigger spoon and plop the soap into the mold in the same fashion (sometimes referred to as the spoon plop method) or pour the soap in portions to layer it in the mold.

The shot to the right is a faux funnel soap that Amy at Great Cakes Soapworks made with me a couple years ago. For more details on that crazy soapmaking session, check out her blog posts about it right here and here.

Rock it out – whip up a batch of edible delights or smash this technique into your soapmaking, pronto!

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