Sunday, July 17, 2011

Party Part 2: Rainbow Cake

My dad had made me an amazing, rainbow cake when I turned 8.
For my daughter's 8th birthday I wanted to do the same.

Here is what I ended up with...

I can't say that I followed any real instructions.
I didn't make any of it from scratch, or use any fancy pastry techniques (I don't think I know any as it is!)
I did find some great instructions HERE...

For my cake, I used the following:
- 3 boxes of White Cake Mix
- 4 containers of White Frosting
- Food Coloring
- Mini M&M's (to decorate)

I like how the instructions from The Idea Room link above suggest using two boxes of cake mix.  As you can see, this cake was HUGE!  I mean, not just huge, but a TOWER!  I had a heck of a time cutting it because it was so tall.  And, of course, each child wanted the complete rainbow.... of course!!


I think that using two cake mixes as opposed to three will get you a much easier cake to manage.  The cake was a huge hit with the kids, and it really wasn't too hard to put together.  The worst part was waiting for each layer to cool enough so I could remove them from the pan without them breaking, so I could quickly throw the next set of layers into the oven.

I also used regular food coloring (but lots of it) to tint the cake batter.  The baked cake color will be very close to the color you get with the batter, so color each layer to your desired intensity.

And.... don't forget to add some candles!

I think all cakes should be this fun!



  1. Such a fun cake! Wish I had a slice right now!

  2. Mmm...that cake will bring me to cloud nine!

  3. Love it! I have to do that for my daughter's next birthday! So pretty!

  4. omg where were you when i was growing up lol
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    Have a fabulous week,

  5. I've made this cake twice using The Idea Room as my template. Love your version as well with the m&m's!

  6. I love the rainbow cake thing. This one turned out beautiful! Nice job. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I love your cake! I just made one last weekend for my kiddos' birthday party. It was the hit of the party!

  8. Beautiful cake and so much fun!! :) Awesome job!

  9. Aww... I bet she really loved it!
    I just love the picture of her big smiles.
    I haven't made one of these cakes yet, but I am dying to.
    Great job!

  10. LOVE your site (and the cake) now following you on GFC!
    Marcia :)

  11. Hi, I'm new....such a pretty cake!! I am addicted to rainbow do rainbow cupcakes...a just did some tie dye ones for a friend's daughter's party...super fun! Can't wait to look around your blog!

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  13. That looks so fun and yummy!!!! I think I'm going to try doing this layering cupcakes!

    Thanks for sharing!

    I'm following you now! I'd love it if you stopped by my blog and said hello!

  14. That's a whole lotta cake, I bet she loved!

  15. Wow wow wow! Truly a fabulous rainbow cake!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Kids Get Crafty!!!


  16. This is great! I love all that color!

    Now following!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  17. I'm so grateful that you linked up in this week's Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :) This awesome post totally rocked the party!

  18. The jelly beans are the perfect touch! =)

  19. It's so cute I don't even know if I could eat it! Love it :)

  20. Love those rainbow colours! Those jelly beans are the perfect touch. Awesome yummy post! Thanks for sharing!
    Now, your newest follower...hope you will follow me back:)

  21. That is an awesome cake & I love that you made a tradition out of it. Great job!


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