|The most beautiful cake ever! The Rainbow Cake|
I had seen a few versions on line (way back in 2009 - in the days before Pinterest) and I just knew I wanted to make it. It's actually not that hard, you can make one too!
I wanted to make this a double-stacked two layer 9x13 cake. It really looks good when you layer this cake up. So my directions will be for two 9x13 cakes. (Just thinking if you do want to make one box of cake in two round 9 inch pans that would probably work, it would just be a lot thinner)
You will need:
2 boxes white cake mix (follow box instructions)
food coloring or coloring gel in bright colors
raspberry or strawberry jelly for between the layers
6 small/medium bowls
Two 9x13 pans
Mix the two cake mixes together in one large bowl according to package instructions. Pour the white batter into six equal bowls. Sitr in the food dye into the bowls in the six rainbow colors.
|Picture used from the blog Omnomicon - which is where I got the beautiful rainbow cake inspiration from|
I forgot to actually take pictures of the dying the colors part. The picture above is from Aletta and it was her stunning pictures from her blog that really made me want to make this cake. Your bowls will big bigger than this, she was making a tiny cake. She was also making a round cake.. and a reduced calorie cake to boot, so if you are interested in any of that, please check her and her recipe out.
Now the trick here in the first pan, is that I was making a 9x13 rectangle and not a circle, so I had to improvise a little on the color layering technique, because normally it's in a simple bulls eye pattern. Note: In this pan I am going to do a reverse rainbow order. In the second pan I will do the regular order. (You will see why at the end). You want to start with two scoops of purple side by side along the bottom (it will start to spread out). The first color in the pan will need the most batter, so I suggest 2/3 of that color in the pan then about 1 scoop of each color after that. After the purple then do two scoops of blue right on top of the first blobs, then two scoops of green, two scoops of yellow, two scoops of orange, and finally two scoops of red. You can see your batter will start to spread out in a bulls eye pattern of concentric circles.
|Pan #1 of the rainbow cake starts in reverse rainbow order: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red|
For Pan #2 You do the exact same method, only you start in the correct rainbow order of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and ending with purple on the top. This time the red will have 2/3 of the red batter used, and the other colors about 1 scoop each. You can see the pans after I put them in the oven. Each bulls eye is the opposite rainbow pattern.
|Rainbow cake baking|
After they are cooled, turn them out on a rack to keep cooling so they don't stick to the pan.
To layer: Place the first 9x13 cake down. Spread a layer of jam or jelly between the layers to help stick them together (you can also use frosting between the layers). My cake was very moist and started to crack in places. The frosting helped hold it together.
|Almost day-glo cake colors. Where's my sunglasses?|
|Rainbows and ponies, living together... mass hysteria!|
|My youngest looks so little here!|
Cutting the cake: You can see now why we reversed the two layers. The batter spreads out and the bottom color becomes very thin, and the top scoops stay wide. By reversing the order of the two pans you get more colors showing
|You should have heard the gasp when the kids saw this|
|This turned out so beautiful!|
I just loved how the colors turned out so vivid and the layers of both cakes worked together so you could see all the colors of the rainbow.