School Spirit Cupcakes

Prepare cupcakes in school or team colors for school events, graduation parties or sports celebrations. See Cooking Tip for amount of food color to use to tint cake batter and twist frosting. Photo credit: Rachel Currier from Baked by Rachel.

Serves: 18
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
30 mins Prep time 20 mins Cook time
30 mins Prep time
20 mins Cook time
  • Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding food color(s). Spoon into 18 paper-lined muffin cups.

  • Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.

  • For the Twist Frosting, stir 1 teaspoon of the vanilla and food color(s) for first school color into 1 container (16 ounces) frosting. Stir 1 teaspoon vanilla and food color(s) for second school color into second container frosting.

  • Fill pastry bag fitted with a star tip with both colors of frosting, placing them side by side in bag. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes.

Cooking tip

Food Color Amounts for Popular School or Team Colors:

1/4 teaspoon Food Color = 25 drops


Gold Cupcake: Yellow cake mix + 1 teaspoon Yellow

Orange Cupcake: White cake mix + 1/2 teaspoon Yellow + 1/4 teaspoon Red

Blue Cupcake: White cake mix + 2 teaspoons Blue

Green Cupcake: White cake mix + 1/2 teaspoon Green + 4 drops Blue


Red Frosting: 1 1/2 teaspoons Red + 10 drops Yellow + 15 drops Black

Scarlet Frosting: 1 1/2 teaspoons Red + 10 drops Yellow + 3 drops Black

Gold Frosting: 1 teaspoon Yellow + 5 drops Red

Orange Frosting: 1/2 teaspoon Yellow + 1/2 teaspoon Red

Green Frosting: 1 1/2 teaspoons Green + 6 drops Black

Blue Frosting: 1/2 teaspoon Neon Blue + 10 drops Neon Purple

Silver Frosting: 5 drops Black

Black Frosting: 1 1/2 teaspoons Black

Test Kitchen Tip: If a pastry bag is unavailable, place 1 tablespoon of each color frosting on each cupcake. Spread and swirl frosting with small knife or spatula.

Nutrition information

Nutritional Information coming soon!

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