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Rainbow Waffles are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your morning meal. Made in minutes with a cake mix, this fun breakfast is the fastest way to cook a colorful cake without baking!
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Table of Contents
  1. Belgian Rainbow Waffles
  2. Why We Love Rainbow Waffles
  3. Rainbow Waffles Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Rainbow Waffles
  7. How To Separate The Batter Into Bowls
  8. Tips for the Best Rainbow Waffles
  9. How to store leftover waffles
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Other Easy Brunch Recipes
  12. Rainbow Waffles Recipe

Rainbow Waffles are a delicious, fun, and colorful way to enjoy breakfast! They make a fantastic treat for any day of the week, and they couldn’t be easier to make. Only 4 ingredients and perfect for birthday parties, sleepovers, and St. Patrick’s Day.

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Belgian Rainbow Waffles

Our Rainbow Waffle recipe is the best way to brighten up breakfast because the batter is made from a cake mix.

Eating cake in the morning may not be mom-approved, but when it’s so quick and easy to create colorful cake mix waffles without baking, we can all agree that rainbow food is fun!

Making rainbow colored waffles is so simple: whisk together the cake mix with water, oil, and eggs, separate the batter into 6 bowls, add the food coloring, and then pipe rings of colorful cake onto a hot waffle iron.

Crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, these Belgian waffles have plenty of nooks and crannies for filing with your favorite whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and maple syrup toppings.

Why We Love Rainbow Waffles

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Only uses 4 ingredients plus food coloring.
  • Light and fluffy and can be made with whatever flavor cake mix you have on hand.
  • Kid-friendly food that is fun to eat!
  • Perfect for rainbow parties, Pride celebrations, Sunday brunch, or just to make your day more colorful.
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Rainbow Waffles Ingredients

  • White cake mix
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Gel food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

Substitutions and Additions

  • Make Without Cake Mix: You can use a waffle mix, a pancake mix, or a homemade recipe to make these waffles.
  • Pretty Patterns: Use this same recipe to make tie-dye waffles or any other pattern in your waffle maker by squeezing the colored batter in squiggles, swirls, circles, or squares.
  • Serve for St. Patrick’s Day: Make a magically delicious meal for St. Patrick’s Day by serving your waffles with whipped cream clouds and rainbow sprinkles.
  • Tasty Toppings: Top your rainbow waffles with maple syrup, honey, agave, jam, chocolate sauce, chocolate chips, whipped cream, sprinkles, or any of your other favorites.
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  • Electric mixer
  • Spatula
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Waffle iron
  • Icing bags, piping bags, or ziplock bags
  • Food scale (optional)

How to Make Rainbow Waffles

  1. Make The Batter: Beat together the cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs.
  2. Create Your Colors: Separate the waffle batter into 6 bowls and add a different food color to each. Place each colored batter portion into a separate piping bag
  3. Cook Your Cake Mix Waffle: Add rings of each color around the waffle iron, close the lid, and cook about 2-3 minutes per waffle.
  4. Serve: Serve warm with your favorite toppings. Enjoy! 

How To Separate The Batter Into Bowls

To make rainbow waffles, you will need a different quantity of batter in each bowl. You’ll need the most batter for the red, then a little less for the orange, then a little less for the yellow, then a little less for the green, then a little less for the blue and the smallest bowl of batter will be for the purple.

If you have a food scale, this works out to be about: 205 grams for red, 185 grams for orange, 165 grams for yellow, 145 grams for green, 125 grams for blue, and 100 grams for purple. 

More Easy Rainbow Recipes

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Tips for the Best Rainbow Waffles

  • For these vibrant colors, I used the brand Chefmaster Liqua-gel in the colors: super red, neon brite orange, lemon yellow, leaf green, neon brite blue and neon brite purple.
  • Don’t overfill the waffle iron or the batter will spill out once you close the lid.
  • You can use melted butter in place of the non stick cooking spray if you prefer.

How to store leftover waffles

  • To Store: Leftovers can be stored at room temperature in a sealed food-safe container for up to 3 days. 
  • To Freeze: Waffles can be frozen for up to 2 months if sealed in a freezer-safe container.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze waffles? 

Yes, if sealed properly in a sealed food-safe container or bag, these can be frozen for up to 2 months. Make sure waffles cool completely before storing in fridge or freezer. If they are still warm, you will end up with condensation inside the container which will lead to soggy leftovers. 

Can I reheat waffles in the toaster?

No, I do not recommend reheating these waffles in the toaster. They are a softer waffle than the freezer style of waffles and will fall apart in a standard toaster. They’re best reheated in the microwave.

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Rainbow Waffles

Serves — 6
Rainbow Waffles are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your morning meal. Made in minutes with a cake mix, this fun breakfast is the fastest way to cook a colorful cake without baking!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box white cake mix (between 432 to 460 grams)
  • 1 cup water
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • gel food coloring red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple*

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs. Beat on high for 2 minutes scraping down sides of bowl with a spatula as needed.
  • Separate the waffle batter into 6 bowls. You’ll need a different quantity in each bowl – you’ll need the most batter for the red, then a little less for the orange, then a little less for the yellow, then a little less for the green, then a little less for the blue and the smallest bowl of batter will be for the purple. If you have a food scale, this works out to be about: 205 grams for the red, 185 grams for the orange, 165 grams for the yellow, 145 grams for the green, 125 grams for the blue and 100 grams for the purple.
  • Place waffle batter into tipless frosting bags – one color batter per bag.
  • Preheat waffle iron to a low heat setting.
  • Once fully heated, spray waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Start by adding a ring of red batter around the edge of the waffle iron. Follow that with an orange ring beside the red, then yellow beside the orange, then green, then blue and finally purple as the middle of the waffle. Be careful not to add too much batter or the waffle iron will overflow. Depending on the size of your waffle iron, there should be enough batter for 6 waffles. Your waffle maker should have an indicator on it to let you know when the waffle is done baking (takes about 2-3 minutes per waffle).
  • Carefully remove the waffle from the waffle iron.
  • Repeat steps 5 & 6 for the rest of the batter.
  • Serve warm.
  • Optional: top with whipped cream, syrup and sprinkles.
  • Leftovers can be stored at room temperature (in a sealed food-safe container) for up to 3 days.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage: 
  • To Store: Leftovers can be stored at room temperature in a sealed food-safe container for up to 3 days. 
  • To Freeze: Waffles can be frozen for up to 2 months if sealed in a freezer-safe container.
  • To Reheat: Reheat in the microwave.
Tips:
  • For these vibrant colors, I used the brand Chefmaster Liqua-gel in the colors: super red, neon brite orange, lemon yellow, leaf green, neon brite blue and neon brite purple.
  • Don’t overfill the waffle iron or the batter will spill out once you close the lid.
  • You can use melted butter in place of the non stick cooking spray if you prefer.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 119IU | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. These are so awesome! I could so see this at a sleepover with my little sister 🙂 New follower on bloglovin’!

  2. I just love this waffles its really amazing and cool, i will definitely try this, thanks for the share dear.