Roy G. Biv

by Hope Sewell on March 29, 2011

in allergies, eos, family, kids, recipes

Do you remember Roy G. Biv??  I think I was in the 7th grade when I was first introduced to this acronym.  Seventh grade sounds a little late so I don’t know if that’s right or not but it IS the first time that I remember learning about Roy G. Biv.  For those of you who don’t remember, Roy G. Biv stands for the colors of the rainbow.  😉 Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet.  This acronym still helps me remember the order of the colors but for some reason, my children already know them and don’t need the acronym…..I’m so not sure exactly how that happened.  But I would totally confuse them if I introduced them to dear old Roy.

Anyway, we had some fun with the rainbow over the weekend.  We had another Redeemer Church “eatin'” on Sunday.  Anytime we have any kind of function, holiday or anything involving my children and food I must bring things that are safe for them to eat and are comparable to what is being served. I’d seen THESE (click here to see pic) cupcakes on my favorite cupcake blog and I really wanted to try my own version.  But since we were eating outside (yep in the rain and hail 😉 I really thought cupcakes in the paper wrapper would be best.  So, I made my own version of THESE (click here to see pic).  And of course, I needed a little help.  Get ready for LOTS of pics….sorry!!  I couldn’t help it!  😉

Here is what we started with.  My trusty GF Cake mix from dear Betty, 1/3 c vegetable oil, 1/2 c milk, 1 c. vanilla yogurt (you can use any kind) and I replaced the eggs that were called for with 3 TBS of unsweetened applesauce per egg….so I used this whole 4 oz cup.  You would use 2 eggs if eggs work for you.  We mixed it all up…..

Then we divided up the batter into 5 bowls.  1 cup of batter per bowl and we mixed in the food colors.


Even had some little hands helping.  You can tell this is the thumb she sucks (only thumb sucker I’ve ever had) and she also has lots of eczema going on…thanks to the seasonal change happening.

So here’s our Roy G. Biv….minus the “iv”.  😉
I layered them 1 TBS per color.  You can use your finger or spoon to spread the colors to the edge…don’t worry, they won’t mix up easily.  But you could always swirl them with a toothpick for a marble effect.
Bake them according to the cake mix package directions.  I baked these for about 25 minutes.  Ta-Da!!  😉
Now for the icing.  I used 3 c powdered sugar, 1/4 c. shortening, 1/4 c H2O and 2 tsp vanilla.  Start by beating 1 c. of the sugar, shortening and vanilla together.  Add remaining sugar and water alternately.  Beat until smooth.

With all the help I had in the kitchen I let this icing get too thin to be able to pipe a design.  That’s easily fixed by adding more sugar but we needed to get those cupcakes iced and NOW!  😉

So we just slapped it on with an off-set spatula and added some sprinkles!


Lilly got to get in on some of the sprinkle action too!
Love these sweet girls!!


And this is the end result.  You’ll notice that I didn’t spread my batter out to the edges…once again I just went for the simple way of getting it in there and done.  But I still like this effect.  The yogurt in the recipe keeps these moist and they are so tasty!!  My children had a BLAST making these with me!!  And they enjoyed eating them too!!!

Now for the sad part……on my way out the door heading home from the Redeemer “eatin'”….I dropped my container of cupcakes!!  So….about 4 of’em didn’t make it!  I wanted to CRY!!!  I felt so horrible about dropping my baby’s treats that they enjoyed so much!  But, as they say, “There’s no use cryin’ over spilled cupcakes!”  Anyway, it’ll give me a chance to try them again and maybe experiment with the colors.  Easter is coming up so I may try some pastels….

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Christy March 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

My daughter is allergic to eggs but not gluten. Can I use a regular cake mix and simply substitute the eggs with your suggested applesauce and vanilla yogurt..or do I need to stick with Gluten Free Cake Mix in order for it to work?


Hope Sewell March 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

You can certainly use a regular cake mix and just keep the other ingredients the same. Thanks for stopping by!! Enjoy!


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