Inside: How to make gold food coloring for your Rainbow waffles!

On the list of things I love in life –  colorful, fun food ranks pretty high. These rainbow waffles are the perfect way to cure that craving and make any day seem festive and bright! The colors bring a cheery boost to a lounging Saturday breakfast, and I can’t wait to the rainbow waffles to say, “good morning – happy birthday!” on our next birthday morning.


rainbow waffles

Rainbows are perfect any time of year (especially in spring), but throw in a bowl of gold flaked birthday waffle with whipped cream and this sweet treat becomes the most fabulous way I can imagine to welcome the revelry that is Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Rainbow waffles with pot-of-gold whip cream

Rainbow Waffles Recipe

This fun and festive rainbow birthday waffle with whipped cream recipe is such a wonderful way to celebrate, anything. Literally anything. I love this colorful delicious treat! This recipe shows you how to make these fun colorful waffles and how to make gold food coloring to top off your birthday waffles with whipped cream goodness!

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Rainbow Waffles

To make the rainbow waffles you’ll need (most importantly) a waffle maker, and:
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Rainbow Waffles
Calories 350 kcal


2 cups all-purpose flour

    3/4 cup sugar

      3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

        2 large eggs

          1-1/2 cups milk

            1 cup butter

              melted and cooled

                1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                  food gel or dye in rainbow colors

                    2 cups cold heavy whipping cream

                      1/2 cup powdered sugar

                        2 teaspoons vanilla extract

                          Yellow or gold food dye

                            Gold sprinkles for topping (optional)


                              Make the rainbow waffles by combining flour, sugar, and baking powder in a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat eggs, then add milk, butter, and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined.

                                Divide batter evenly between 6 bowls. Add a few drops of red food coloring into the first bowl, stirring until uniformly distributed and desired shade is reached. Continue coloring batter in the remaining bowls: orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

                                  Follow instructions for your waffle maker. Cook waffles one at a time until all batter has been used. Stack the waffles in a rainbow pattern, red at the top, then orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Or you can start with purple at the top and end with red.

                                    How to make gold food coloring whipped cream by combining the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract in the bowl of a large stand mixer with balloon whisk attached. Whip the ingredients until soft peaks form, about 10 minutes. Add yellow or gold food coloring to whipped cream and mix until the desired color is reached. Use immediately or refrigerate. Top waffles with whipped cream and add gold sprinkles for a finishing touch!

                                      Nutrition Facts
                                      Rainbow Waffles
                                      Amount Per Serving
                                      Calories 350
                                      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

                                      How to make rainbow waffles


                                      how to make waffle whipped cream

                                      More fun Rainbow fun

                                      Like I have said before, I love a good Rainbow look. From the food I eat (like these rainbow waffles) to the prettiest DIY. Here are a few more fun rainbow projects, let us know what your favorite rainbow DIY is!

                                      DIY rainbow waffles

                                      Photography and styling by Athena Plichta. Creative direction by Victoria Hudgins for A Subtle Revelry.