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How to make a rainbow cake

Check. it. out. That is one brightly colored cake! And today, I am going to share how to make it…

This post is long overdue.  I first started thinking about birthday plans at the end of February when I completed my birthday wreath (which remains one of my most popular posts). But with four birthdays in five weeks, the launch of SNAP! and everyday life, it just didn’t get done…

Anyway, this year one of the birthday requests was to have a tie dye birthday. It’s one of those odd birthday themes/Halloween costumes that every kid selects at one point or another, right?

image via One Charming Party

I pulled a lot of inspiration from One Charming Party’s amazing Art Party, particularly the rainbow cake, but it just wasn’t quite tie dye. I happened upon a slightly different version at Omnomicon and decided to run with it!

This cake starts out with a nice basic white cake.

Basic (yet delicious) White Cake

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix butter and beat at medium speed until smooth. Add sugar and beat well. Add eggs one at a time. Mix well. Add vanilla, baking powder, salt, flour and milk. Bake for 30 min.

For this particular recipe, I omitted the egg yolks so my cake stayed a more pure white…I don’t really know if that’s cool, but hey, the cake still tasted fantastic! I also doubled the recipe, but I think I would have been fine without.

Divide the cake batter into equal portions and color with bright colors – I love Wilton’s Icing Gel. It colors things so nicely and doesn’t leave a nasty taste.

I would love to have more step-by-step photos of this portion of the process, but I was baking in an empty house *sigh* and didn’t have a third hand to take the photos!

Pour the colors one by one into the center of your pan. One on top of the other in rainbow order…Initially, you will use more of the batter (about two-thirds) and gradually use less as you get to the top. Fill one pan and then fill the other in reverse color order.

I frosted the cake with a simple white butter cream.

Loved the cake…the colors were so vivid. The kids really enjoyed it too!

Here is the part of my post where I channel my inner Char, though I am still not sure about posting…There is a lot of coloring in this cake. There is a chance that it may lead to some vividly colored poop, that may or may not terrify your kids the next day. Ha! That is all!

And, on that fun note, happy baking! Hahahahaha!

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11 Responses to " How to make a rainbow cake "

  1. LOVE this. I so want to try it. Keep saying that I will and then never do. The colors are gorgeous in yours though.

  2. WOW those colors are seriously vivid. I need to save this so I can try it this summer with the kids. They will be thrilled!

  3. Ha! You are on bloggy fire, Tauni! Love this.

    I once threw a Hulk birthday party for a BIL, so of course, everything was very green. EVERYTHING was green for a few days…so I know what you mean! :-)

    • Tauni says:

      Hahaha. Green nice. I had no idea that technicolor…we you know…was the end result of things like this!


    • Milton

      I couldn’t agree more about giriatrecs. I miss sitting with some of the elderly individuals I used to help and they would tell me stories for hours about the things that they witness when they were younger, and the lives that they lived up to the point that they needed care. I have always felt that the elderly know how to live their lives better than anyone, and they for sure never take it for granted! Sometimes the people taking care of them are not good people though, and it always breaks my heart to see someone talking badly to an elderly man or woman.I like how you made a switch from little tiny babies that have no real experience with life, to elderly men and women who have lived life to its fullest and still have more life to share with others. Such opposites!

  4. This is awesome! I love it! Such a fun idea for a b-day party!

    • Tauni says:

      Thanks Ari! It was really fun making this cake. There is a small chance however, that I was more impressed with it than the kids were :)


  5. Amy

    Same thing happens when my kids eat fruit snacks. ;) The cake is gorgeous!

  6. how did you get the colors so vivid?? When i make it the colors are more pastel then bright and colorful!

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