Rainbow Cupcakes

Recipe from Taste of the South
Rainbow Cupcakes
SERVINGS
24
YIELD
24 cupcakes
PREP TIME
25 mins
TOTAL TIME
1 hr 10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 18 1/4 ounce box white cake mix
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3 3/4 ounce bottle colored sprinkles
  • 1 Dreamy Orange Frosting (Recipe follows.)
  • Garnish: colored sprinkles
Dreamy Orange Frosting
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

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Directions
1. 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.
2. 
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, water, and oil. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add vanilla and sprinkles and beat for an additional 30 seconds. Fill each prepared muffin cup two-thirds full.
3. 
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting, approximately 20 minutes.
4. 
Place Dreamy Orange Frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. Pipe onto cupcakes. Garnish with colored sprinkles, if desired.
Dreamy Orange Frosting
1. 
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese at high speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar, zest, juice, and extracts, mixing until combined.
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