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Rainbow Cake – a piece of joy

Rainbow cakes are happy cakes, just like rainbows… Whats not to love in them, the colors… just look how pretty it looks

Some weeks ago, Artsy Craftsy Mom asked me for a rainbow cake recipe on FB, I suggested her some links as she told me how her daughter wanted to bake and decorate the rainbow cake as a homecoming party gift after the summer vacation break. Because the cake was so special to Little P, Shruti was a little hesitant to bake it all by herself and I initially offered to help her by giving her batter that she can bake at home, the idea went back and forth and we finally decided that I will bake the cake for her, send her the frosting and she will do the decorations with Little P at home

I loved baking this, I have baked rainbow cupcakes before and I had baked rainbow cake which was a cake with seven layers each with different colors, but this is the first time I was baking rainbow cake with all the colors in one cake and I so enjoyed the pouring, part of me was behaving like a child, pouring a spoonful of a different color each time… what joy 🙂

Recipe – Rainbow Cake

Source – adapted from various sources on the internet

What I used

  • 3/4 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp each of red, blue, green and yellow

For the frosting

  • 70gm unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 150gm icing sugar sieved
  • 1-2 tbsp of milk

How I made it

  • Preheat your oven to 190 C and prepare your pan (I used a 6-inch round pan for this) by lightly greasing it with butter and keep aside
  • Beat the butter and sugar together till light and fluffy, this will take about 2-3 minutes
  • Now beat in one egg at a time, adding a little flour if your egg shows signs of curdling
  • Add the milk, vanilla essence and rest of the flour and mix till just blended
  • Divide the batter equally in six bowls
  • Add one tsp of red color in bowl number 1
  • Add one tsp of yellow color in bowl number 2
  • Add one tsp of green color in bowl number 3
  • Add one tsp of blue color in bowl number 4
  • Add half a tsp of red color and half a tsp of yellow color in bowl number 5 to make orange color
  • Add half a tsp of blue color and half a tsp of red color in bowl number 6 to make purple color
  • Take six tbsp measures or 6 equal measure spoons at home and starting with purple, keep pouring one spoonful of each color in the center of the baking bowl. Let the batter spread by itself, when u pour spoon after spoon it will start to form the layers
  • When you have finished pouring the batter, give the bowl couple of gentle taps on the kitchen counter to let go of any large air bubbles and bake in the preheated oven for about 3-40 minutes till the tooth pick comes out clean and the top of the cake bounces back when pressed
  • Let it cool completely before frosting.
  • In the meanwhile, beat your butter and sugar till light and fluffy, mix a bit of blue color to give the sky color, add the milk if you feel the frosting is too thick
  • After the cake is completely cool, spread the frosting on top and decorate with sprinkles and gems

Now you tell me whats not there to fall in love with this cake 🙂

PS: Pictures credit Shruti

33 comments on “Rainbow Cake – a piece of joy

  1. rashminath
    June 11, 2012

    thank u thank u thank u…have been waiting for this one. Kids are gonna love it

  2. nirmala
    June 11, 2012

    Seeing the recipe itself waters the mouth…..

  3. wanderlustathome
    June 11, 2012

    Wow! wanted this recipe for a long time, thanks a lot!

  4. mydearbakes
    June 11, 2012

    This looks amazing, it looks so delicous! =)

  5. Soumya
    June 11, 2012

    This IS just too awesome! The colors! The recipe! Everything! I just jumped out of my chair when I saw the photograph 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      July 9, 2012

      thank soumya, that comment put a smile on my face early morning 😀

  6. S
    June 11, 2012

    Lovely bright one, Monika !

    Inspired by just your photo the other day, I had baked my own, but didn’t think of mixing colours ! also, thanks for the tip on pouring in the batter 🙂

    – Soumya

  7. mili
    June 11, 2012

    hii….hv a question….cn milkmaid b used instead of eggs???

    • monikamanchanda
      July 9, 2012

      dont think milkmaid will work… why dont u try using a egg replacer?

  8. Ruchira
    June 12, 2012

    So Pretty, love the marbling effects

  9. Smita
    June 15, 2012

    I was waiting for this one 🙂 and the secret of the layers sounds so simple but i am sure i will goof up but still will try 🙂

  10. rashminath
    June 22, 2012

    Monika – if i wanted to make cupcakes from this same recipe how many?

    • monikamanchanda
      July 9, 2012

      sorry for the delayed response I get about 20 cupcakes from this

      • Kath
        July 13, 2012

        how would you make cupcakes with the awesome layers? 😀

  11. Meera Kumar
    July 10, 2012

    Looks yummy n d clicks are to die for…such lovely colors!!! Will surely make this soon 🙂

  12. laxmi
    July 18, 2012

    hi, where can i buy food colours in bangalore. The colours in cake are so bright 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      August 13, 2012

      thanks laxmi u get food colors at GFA however I buy only wilton or americolor that get from US

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  14. Rp
    August 13, 2012

    love the vibrant colors, do you use liquid or powder color?

  15. Gayatri
    August 13, 2012

    Hi Monika, I tried this recipe over the weekend. I was a little hesitant in using the food colours so ended up with a “pastel” rainbow cake, nevertheless delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Would you use teaspoons of batter to get layers in cupcakes? Please let me know. Thanks once again.

    • monikamanchanda
      August 13, 2012

      thanks gayatri so glad u liked them and yes for cupcakes one teaspoon layering would do

      also if u dont mind send me a picture at and I will share it with wider sinamon family 🙂

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  17. Megha Malik
    September 24, 2012

    God I loved it!!! 🙂 I was redirected from the Blog- Perceptions..:) and it was absolutely worth it 🙂

    Thank you so much..for sharing the recipe!

    Megha 🙂

  18. saba
    May 5, 2013

    where do u get rainbow food colours in bangalore

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