Rainbow Cupcakes
Recipe from Taste of the South

Rainbow Cupcakes

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Servings: 24
Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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  • 1  18 1/4 ounce box 
    white cake mix
  • 1 1/4  cups 
  • 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

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 (12-cup) muffin pans with paper liners; set aside.
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.
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.
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
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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