Monday, July 20, 2009

Rainbow Cake

Today was my friend Mary's birthday! I wanted to make her a fun surprise to show her how happy I am that she's around, and after lots of debate, decided on a Rainbow Cake. This is another recipe I've had on my to-do list forever, but chose it mainly because Mary is fun and colorful, just like the cake!

Rainbow Cake

I first read about the Rainbow Cake phenomenon at Omnomicon (one of my favorite food blogs). Aleta, the author, has an awesome step-by-step tutorial on how to make this cake, so I'm going to refer you to her post if you'd like to make one. I didn't use her soda method, just used a plain ol' box of Betty Crocker white cake mix, made according to the package directions. I used about one scant cup of batter per color.

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Have I mentioned how much I adore my box of food coloring? It's far more fun than a box of Crayolas, and I *love* Crayolas.

Gel Food Coloring

I used cream cheese frosting tinted purple (Mary's favorite kind of frosting and favorite color) and served it with berry lemonade. She was so surprised and happy when she cut into the middle. Score! Happy birthday, Mary! Big hugs!

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake

32 comments:

EthidiumBromide said...

Not going to lie... every time I see the rainbow cake, it weirds me out. I think it would be a blast to make it, but I would wind up throwing the whole thing out because I can't bring myself to eat unnaturally colored (or flavored) foods!

Emily said...

This is a work of art! Your friend is a lucky gal :)

rebekah said...

so you just plop the colors one on top of the other into the pans and they bake out like that? i really want to make this but i'm afraid i'll screw it up and get a mess!

jenncuisine said...

That's quite a psychedelic cake! Love the colors!

Amy I. said...

@Rebekah I was afraid too, but it works! Just make sure you plop the batter in the middle of the pan, and it'll spread out. Also be sure to use the proportions she gives (more of the first 3 colors and less of the last 3). You can do it! :)

Lauryn said...

Wow, Amy I am impressed! This cake looks soooo cool and sooo fun! Great job!

Allie said...

omg! that is fantastic!!!

(wife.) said...

I think this might be one of my favorite things ever. I'm also SO impressed that you were able to keep yourself from shrieking about the rainbow part so it was a surprise! I would be like, "omg omg omg GUESS WHAT'S INSIDE?!?!?!?!?"

Mary Camu said...

I can not express the amount of LOVE I felt when cutting into that wonderful cake. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! The best cake I have ever seen and eaten! Amy, You are the best!!!!!!!
Love always,
m

Karine said...

Wowowowowowowowowowowow Amazing! Great work!

thenotsoskinnykitchen said...

I saw this when Aleta first posted it, and I fell in love! As a huge fan of Rainbow Brite back in the 80s, this cake speaks to my inner child. I have a birthday coming up in a few weeks and have been dropping hints about wanting one, but I may end up having to make my own if no one else comes through :)

Heavenly Housewife said...

that is pretty freakin amazing!!!!!!!

Amy said...

Wow. This is a work of art!! How fun and exciting to cut into this cake expecting white or chocolate and see rainbow!!! What a sweet friend you are!!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Elizabeth said...

it's beautiful! It looks like we have the same food coloring as well :)

One question, did you notice a sort of play-doh-ish smell after it was baked? I made a rainbow cake a few weeks ago (see picture link in my name) and everyone said it had a funny smell! haha i can't wait to make it again!

Amy I. said...

@Elizabeth Thanks! I didn't notice that. Did you use a boxed cake mix? I wonder if the food coloring reacted with something in your cake batter? Hope it still tasted good even with the funny smell :)

nooschi said...

That is too cool! What a fun cake. This will be a neat thing to try with my sister, who I love to bake with.

Jennifer said...

That is SO cool!!! my nephews would love this for a birthday cake!

Tim said...

So cool, such striking colours!

NikiTheo said...

I cannot wait to try this! My friend would love this cake for her birthday since she is definitely a happy rainbow kinda gal!!! :)

Aleta said...

Amy, it came out beautifully! I would argue better than my own.

Thank you for the link back. =)

Whitney said...

Wow this is beautiful! I have seen other rainbow cakes but yours looks gorgeous. My friend's birthday is next week and I might just have to this for her....
Thanks for the amazing pictures!
Whitney

Sy/Chandell said...

=O That is so beautiful!! I love me some colors. I'm so glad I'm not squeamish about eating strange colored food <3 <3

Jude said...

That is some trippy stuff, dude. I bet my friends would love to dig into this. Looks extra fun to make.

Sara said...

Awesome! I love colorful cakes like this, very trippy man.

mangocheeks said...

Awesome.

This is what I love about your blog, you find things that other blog readers - like me fail to find. Thank you for sharing.

Mrs. G said...

This is awesome!

Jessica said...

I just made this cake today... My little brother was so excited to see all the colors when it came out of the oven. Making it kid-friendly with chocolate icing, hopefully he'll love it. =]

Charli and me said...

Hello, I stopped by from Judy's. What an amazing cake. Something like this would be great for halloween or a Mad Hatter party. Thank you for sharing.

Heather said...

I'm having fun looking at these rainbow cakes tonight on blogs. I saw one on a blog I follow and am spending my Saturday night adoring them. How sad is that?! lol. Yours looks great!!

Anonymous said...

I made the cake for my daughters 6th birthday and it came out awesome. Thanks for posting. I was worried the adults at the party wouldn't eat it because of all the color so I made some cookies on the side. Turns out they were almost more excited about it than the kids...cake all gone.

Anna said...

I did the same thing for my friend's b-day a while back. He was being a brat and not letting me use any colors, so I made it all manly and black and white on the outside, and then three multi-colored layers inside that he didn't know about. I loved the shock on his face when he cut into it. I love the intense colors you were able to get though, very nice.

Ashley said...

This is great!! My MIL is a wonderful cake maker (is that what they're called?) and I'm not sure that she's ever done one like this! Thanks for sharing... wonderful yummy pictures!!

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