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Rainbow In The Dark Cupcakes

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How to make kid friendly rainbow filled chocolate cupcakes from scratch. They can even be vegan or gluten free, with no food coloring required!

Rainbow Cupcakes
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Rainbow Cupcakes

How to make rainbow filled chocolate cupcakes, and they can be completely vegan!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 9 – 10 cupcakes
5 from 10 votes


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup applesauce or yogurt of choice
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white or cider vinegar
  • 1 cup spelt, white, or bob’s gf flour (Low carb option: Keto Cupcakes)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, unrefined if desired
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder or additional unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 batch Rainbow Unicorn Dip
  • optional melted chocolate chips for the top


  • *The extra 2 tbsp cocoa can be Dutch or regular. I highly recommend Dutch for deeper chocolate flavor. Use regular unsweetened cocoa for the initial 1/4 cup.
    Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a cupcake pan. Whisk first 5 ingredients. Let sit at least 10 minutes, and sift all remaining ingredients in a new bowl while waiting. Pour wet into dry, stir just until evenly mixed, and smooth into the liners. Only fill up 2/3 of the way, because they rise a lot and you don’t want them to burst and sink in the middles (although if it happens, just hide with frosting!). Bake 20 minutes. Let cool. Filling can either be added by squeezing through a pastry bag inserted in the bottom of each cupcake or by using a spoon to cut out a piece of the top, add filling, smush the piece back on, and top with frosting or melted chocolate to hide the seam. Liners peel off easily if you serve the cupcakes the next day.
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Use any leftover filling to frost these Vegan Brownies.

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  1. Alison Nicole says

    awwwww!!! I LOVE her!

    it was my dream to have a scottie when i was little. but Tilly’s pretty wonderful too! :o)

  2. Kristin says

    hi, i just found your blog recently by way of eatliverun. i love what i have read so far, so many good recipies i cant wait to try! we are neighbors, too, i live just north of dallas! do you go to smu?

  3. Billy says

    Nice picture. 🙂

    Thanks for adding me to your blogroll.

    If you’ve been vegan for seven years then you went vegan at 14. Is that right? That’s amazing. I’ve been vegan for just over six (went vegan at 19).

  4. Billy says


    I hope you and Chocolate Covered Vegan are able to meet up. That’s great when you connect with fellow vegans online!

  5. Ruby Red Vegan says

    ahh, those eyes and ears! they’re so full of expression! animals are awesome, seriously – they can express themselves with their ears!

    yay for the blogroll! i need to make one too, but i’d feel bad if i left someone out… kinda how i got with birthday parties in middle school. i stopped having them because i was never sure who to invite and who not to invite, out of fear of hurting feelings. oops, i guess there was also the “should i invite a boy factor?”. and now i got really off-topic. 🙂

  6. ChocolateCoveredVegan says

    Hey Kristin! I don’t see a blog link for you, so I hope you see this message here!

    Thanks so much for the sweet comments :o). And yes, I DO go to SMU! But my parents live northwest of Dallas… what part are you in?

  7. Kristin says

    Yeah.. I don’t have a blog 🙁

    I figured you probably go to SMU, since you live in Dallas! I have a few friends who may go there in the fall. I live northEAST of dallas. 🙂

  8. missblueberry says

    Your dog is just too cute! Your cupcakes look amazing – seriously you should open a shop. A poetry cupcake cafe? What do you say?

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