Taste the Rainbow Cake

Confession: I'm not a whizz in the kitchen. Im not terrible - I know the basics and sometimes I'll make something really yummy (case in point, banoffee pie)- I just don't love to cook so its rare I ask for a recipe. But this weekend we celebrated my godson's fourth birthday and our friend made a cake to go with the art themed party.

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Now if you make the blog rounds like I do, you've probably seen a version of this cake before so it might not excite you. Let me just say that this is one of the best cakes I've ever tasted. And its looks just as joyful in person as it does in the photos. So naturally I had to get the recipe.

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I even made up a little recipe card for you to print! Sure, its totally a cheat because its not really from my kitchen but it will be one day when I make it myself. Enjoy!

Rainbow Layer Cake Recipe

Other great rainbow cakes can be found at Whisk Kid and 17&Baking. And if you don't want to bother with scratch, a boxed mixed version can be found at Tasty Kitchen.

41 comments:

  1. Romantic Domestic9:26 AM

    Thank you so much for the print out. Can you do one of these for the banoffe pie too?

    Janie
    Romantic Domestic

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  2. Katie Meredith10:00 AM

    i made that cake for easter!  i need a reason to make it again.... 
    http://www.five2eight.blogspot.com/

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  3. Hschlotterbeck10:01 AM

    Awesome - thank you!   I have seen this cake but now I have a great little recipe card to try someday.   My daughter's 1st birthday is in 2 1/2 months so this may be a cake contender.

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  4. I have seen these before but they are so pretty each time! I love that you followed ROYGBIV. Gorgeous! Thanks for the printable!

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  5. Kristincita10:32 AM

    I just had a coronary adding up 8 sticks of butter. I'll have to leave this as eye candy.

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  6. Beautiful! I don't bake in the summer so I'll have to file away for cooler times... It kinda reminds me of a fun vintage-y layered jello thing I made last year.

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  7. It looks very artistic indeed!! Gorgeous cake and I am sure a very fun party!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    I have an amazing Giveaway from the Artisans at Novica. You will love it!

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  8. love it!  I made this cake too, and it's such a fun surprise :)

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  9. Looks delicious!! Must make this!

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  10. Jilian Dieter11:28 AM

    love this! i want to try to make this cake. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

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  11. This cake is so so cheerful! Your making my mouth water... must be lunch time :)

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  12. MrsLimestone1:09 PM

    Yes its insane. But this 9 inch round cake easily feed 30 plus people because a small slice is satisfying. So its not quite as bad as it looks on paper.

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  13. A version of this cake made without using food coloring is linked to here:  http://iammommy.typepad.com/i_am_baker/2010/04/mothers-day-garden-party.html  These cakes are so beautiful and I would love to make one for my youngest daughter's 2nd birthday party in July, but she just wants a Little Mermaid cake. ;-)

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  14. So much fun!

    Another easy way to flatten your layers is to take a hotpad and press gently but firmly down on the rounded middle just after pulling the cake pan out of the oven. Hold for about 10 seconds and you have a nicely flattened layer without needing to trim or fuss with wax paper.

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  15. Jeana1:24 PM

    Wish I had this good recipe a few weeks ago I paid $75 for a bakery to make one for my daughters party, lol! See (http://blog.splendidweddingco.com/?p=351)

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  16. Cristin @ Simplified Bee2:06 PM

    My girls would go crazy for a cake like this... 

    xo,
    cristin

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  17. MrsLimestone2:39 PM

    Probably the only clueless one but what is a hot pad?

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  18. I just love love LOVE rainbow cakes. I have yet to make one... but WHEN i do, i'll be sure to use this recipe. 

    www.saffakate.blogspot.com

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  19. Michelle7:38 PM

    it is just so pretty!  I wonder how hard it is to serve.... it looks like it stayed together pretty well. If I made it it would be rainbow mash :)

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  20. MrsLimestone7:56 PM

    It stayed together very well despite cutting pretty thin slices.

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  21. Awesome! Looks very artistic indeed! I am sure a very fun party!

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  22. Sandy in VA10:08 PM

    I recently made this cake -- it definitely has a WOW factor when you slice into it -- and yummy too!  Thanks for sharing

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  23. Denise1:04 PM

    wow! hilarious, I love

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  24. Oh my, I HAVE to make this one! It´s so pretty and it looks so yummy, it made me hungry!


    I´m so happy that I´ve stumbled upon your blog! I´m
    following you :) Hope that you´ll find some time to check out my lifestyle
    blog!



    xx Ivana
    http://styleinthecityen.blogspot.com

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  25. jen topp7:27 PM

    I would suggest investing in some paste food colors instead of using 50 drops of the liquid kind.  You only need a small amount of the paste kind and the colors are so great.

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  26. The cake is looking delicious...:)Wish to eat.

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  27. Abigail Halberstadt7:37 AM

    My best friend made one of these for her little boy for his his birthday, and it looked awfully pretty, but the food-coloring flavor was pretty strong. I take it that's not the case with this one?
    www.fivedaysfiveways.com

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  28. The thing you use to take hot items out of an oven. I'm blanking on anything else to call it. Usually they are square and slightly padded, or hand shaped and you slip your hand in to protect it from the heat. 
    Okay - now I have to know. What do you call them out on the east coast?

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  29. MrsLimestone9:27 AM

    Oven mitts. Aren't they called that everywhere?

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  30. MrsLimestone9:28 AM

    Or pot holders if they aren't the mitten type.

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  31. We had a rainbow cake for my son's birthday. My best friend was extra nice and made it per my request.

    She came up with some good ideas while making it.
    1. freezing the frosting the goes between the layers in advance.  It helps to make the cake more level, and easier to assemble.
    2. put a "scratch coat" on the cake, which makes it easier to frost.

    I heart rainbow cakes.

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  32. That is so cute! My little buddies would love that.  Thanks for sharing!! 

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  33. Yes! Thank you - just one of those complete blank spaces in my brain. Yes, we in Chicago (even those of us raised as military brats overseas) call them oven mitts and pot holders. Or hot pads, when nothing else comes to mind.

    By the way - I'm waiting until the mirror is installed and then I'm sending you pictures of my renovated bathroom. Yours were my design inspiration!

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  34. As an FYI, butter doesn't come in sticks in Canada (not sure about the rest of the world), it comes in pound chunks so it would be good to also show it in the recipe as cups. 
    I believe there are 4 sticks of butter in a pound which means the cake takes 1 pound or 2 cups while the icing takes 2 pounds or 4 cups. Of course supposedly we use metric but that's another story.

    And confectioners sugar is aka 'icing sugar'.

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  35. MrsLimestone11:17 AM

    Thanks Anna. Had no clue butter didn't come in sticks there. Thanks for the conversion.

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  36. Kari @ Beautiful Inspirations11:37 AM

    I made the cupcake version of these for my daughter birthday last year (just the cake mix version tho)
    http://beautifulinspirationdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/04/rainbow-cupcakes.html
    They were a huge hit.

    Another way to get those vibrant colours is to use coloring gel. You can find it at most craft or specialty food stores. I bought mine at Michaels. It's by Wilton. It only takes a couple dabs, and you don't end up getting that food coloring taste.

    I love your cake version with the icing between the layers. It looks delicious!

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  37. This version is fantastic! Thank you.

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  38. I wanna test the blue part of the cake..;)

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  39. Another easy way to flatten your layers is to take a hotpad and press gently but firmly down on the rounded middle just after pulling the cake pan out of the oven. Hold for about 10 seconds and you have a nicely flattened layer without needing to trim or fuss with wax paper.

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  40. It looks very artistic indeed!! Gorgeous cake and I am sure a very fun party!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

    I have an amazing Giveaway from the Artisans at Novica. You will love it!

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  41. How many days ahead can you make this cake? Our party is on Sunday could I make this on Friday Night and have it still taste good?

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