You'll want to use gel food coloring instead of the liquid bottles as the colors are much brighter. I used Betty Crocker found in my local Walmart store; however, Wilton is a good brand to use as well (just make sure to get the red food coloring that says "no taste").
1 white cake mix (I prefer Pillsbury)
1 C sour cream
1/2 C milk
1/3 C vegetable oil
Combine all ingredients until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on med-high speed for 3 minutes.
Divide batter according to how many colors you are using. I used 5 colors and it worked out to a little over 1 cup for each color, but each cake brand will be slightly different.
Use food coloring to color batter to desired intensity.
To get a layered stripe like I used, you'll want to put a spoonful of each color in the cupcake one at a time. The batter is thick, so it won't spread on its own. A great tip is to set out a little bowl of water where you're working. Dip your finger in the water and then gently spread the batter out. The water will make it so the batter doesn't stick to your fingers.
Another tip is to use a measuring spoon and some water to measure out how many teaspoons/tablespoons are going to fit in your cupcake. Then divide that by how many colors you have so you know how much of each color to use for each cupcake. For my 5 colors, it worked out perfectly with 2 t of each color in each cupcake. So I put in 2 t of blue in the bottom of each cupcake and spread it out with my finger. Then I put in 2 t of green on top of that, then yellow, etc.
Bake them according to the package directions, until a toothpick comes out dry.
First batch we layered blue, green, yellow, orange, red
Second batch we reversed the colors
Ooh! Aren't they pretty??
Look, even the wrapper is colorful...how fun!
Sneak peak inside the cupcake
Frosted, sprinkled, and packed up in the Cupcake Courier, ready to be eaten!