Do your kids just eat the frosting off of cupcakes and leave the tasty cake behind. Clare does. So in a effort to get her to eat her birthday cake, and score some "awesome mom" points by making another party element pink, I tried the Ombré trend in edible form. Since I can't pull off Ombré hair, these tasty treats will have to do.
Here's what I did...
Mix up a batch of your favorite white cake batter. Duncan Hines is mine.
Split the batter into two or three bowls. Add Gel Paste (This is Americolor Electric Pink) to each. I left 1/3 white, tinted 1/3 medium pink and when all out hot pink for the third.
Start with a heaping tablespoon of the bottom color in each paper liner (I did 20 cupcakes.) Make sure your batter spreads to the edges of the liner. Try to keep it neat but some dribbles wont hurt.
Then add your second layer directly on top of the first, spreading carefully to edges. And then your top if you have one.
As the cake bakes, you might see some shifting... a bubble of pink popping out of the top and such. No worries.
Bake as directed, cool and decorate! Still not pink enough? Add some Color Mist! Success! Not an orphaned cupcake to be found. Amazing what a little artificial coloring can do!