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Rainbow Layer Cake 101


For those of you that know me well you must be laughing to yourself to see me writing a cooking post 🙂 I have decided Rainbow Layer Cakes are to become my signature dish . I’m already imagining the Christmas one …no fruit cakes for me. Through my friend Google I have a few variations in mind too …watch this space !cake

Above is my first Rainbow Cake attempt.

This weekend I helped my daughter to make a rainbow layer birthday cake for her friend. The theme was ‘UNDER THE SEA’ so the idea was to recreate the layers of the sea .
I was helping because I had made a rainbow cake a year earlier for her 21st birthday. I’d never heard of such a cake until then but that’s not unusual as I’m not big on baking and prefer savoury to sweet, in most cases. To create that I had let my friend Google lead me. It turned out well but not without a few extra cake mixes to replace bad layers and hands so badly tinted in food dye — not to mention bench tops, cupboard handles, chopping boards all wearing a similar look!!

This time I was better prepared . I’ve included here some of the tips I found to make things easier — though if you cook regularly you are probably thinking ” She didn’t know that?? ”
So , these tips are for the non-cooks like me.

First prepare your pan/s. I had only one but if you had multiples of the same shape and size you could cook multiple layers at once.

TIP Place a layer of baking paper in the bottom of your pan before spraying the pan with cooking spray. This helps the cake slip out of the pan easily after cooking. Don’t spray too much or the edges of your layers will burn.

We used two packet mixes for this cake. The first part was to make up the butter cake mix as per the packet. For us this meant some maths play and imaginative dissecting of the butter slab to get 60 grams.
TIP Cut the butter into chunks before adding to the mixer to avoid decorating the house with flour mix when the mixer starts.
TIP Make one mix at a time ( It’s about 2.5 layers per mix and eliminates having the mix sit around too long between cooking) Decide the number of layers you want in your cake. This helps you decide how to share the mix between layers.

Share mix between bowls and begin adding the appropriate colours for your layers.

TIP Add the colouring slowly building up to the colour !
TIP Make the colour in the bowl a bit darker than the shade you wish to have. It always looks lighter when cooked.


Preparing to colour

The layer size is your choice but I do about 1cm for a 2cm cooked layer but you can adapt to your choice. They only take around 8 mins to cook. Turn the layer onto a cooling rack then start the next layer.


Cooled and cooling  🙂

TIP Wash the pan thoroughly before preparing it for the next layer and stick it in the fridge for a minute to cool it before layering paper and spraying again.

Once you have all your layers baked allow good cooling time before arranging the cake.

TIP the layers are quite fragile so handle carefully, supporting the whole layer as you place it into position.

Between each layer I used vanilla frosting to hold them in place but you could also use fresh cream or jam — base it on your taste preference and what you want the cake to look like when sliced. The thickness of the cream layer is also personal preference.


Adding the frosting between layers


                                                 Layered and ready to decorate

Once the cake is layered you can decorate the outside as you wish. Though mine might look a little bizarre, it was chosen because of the party theme and a lot of laughs from watching Sharknado and Shark Week on pay tv.



A look inside

My daughter and I had a lot of laughs making this cake. You should try making one if you haven’t already. I can honestly say anyone can make it .

Happy Birthday Dani !!

PS They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating . I agree!!


Author: Travelling Macs

A mum to 2 grown up children who always make me proud, a wife and a full time school teacher. I love eating great food but am not motivated to cook. Love traveling around this great country in which I live. Often found traveling with my husband Brian. I write for pleasure and if it's read (and enjoyed) by others then that's a bonus! 2014 saw me begin the 'new' me. Working hard at leaving the fear of 'what if' behind and replacing it with YOLO adventures. :)

8 thoughts on “Rainbow Layer Cake 101

  1. I love rainbow cakes 🙂
    If you are looking for a red and green theme for Christmas, have you thought of Red Velvet mix for the red layers?
    I feel a coffee table book coming on 😉


  2. That looks wonderful, I have only seen the rainbow ones before, but I do like the sea theme:). Well done!

    • Thanks and coming from you who can cook , Bronwen , I’m pleased. Actually I think I am getting a liking for creative cooking. I’ve always said I can’t cook but I think that’s a cop out for ‘ I get too easily sidetracked and forget til I smell a burning aroma’ .

  3. It was amazing mumma kez!!! everyone had a slice, even the dog had a sneaky bit.
    So sorry i didnt even think to save a bit for you guys because it was inhaled by everyone at the party!!!

    But i took lots of pictures with the cake hahahaha i was so proud of it!!! and showed everyone that came over!

    So much effort & its my turn next to cake make ….. no birthday required hahaha

    • Dani ( my number one fan haha) it was a pleasure helping Ally to create something special for you. Glad it added to your celebrations….brought back memories of Hamilton Island…Shark Week!!! ( insert Jaws music here)

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  5. I love the sea version, great idea. I love layer cakes, they are so bright and colourful, I had one for my birthday last year and I made it on such a hot day that the buttercream was melting quicker than I could get it on.

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