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Fabulous Rainbow Cake Tutorial

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The Omnomicon has a fabulous step-by-step Rainbow Cake tutorial and the colorful pictures alone are positively drool-worthy! This recipe would be so much fun for a color party, a 60’s theme party, an art-lover’s birthday, or anytime you feel like brightening up the dessert table a bit.

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You could also take the same concept and apply it to just a few colors or a different type of palette – maybe various shades of green for St. Patrick’s day, red/white/blue for 4th of July, or the birthday girl’s favorite colors, whatever they may be…

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This next pic is one of my favorites… artistic, colorful, & all around delicious:

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The baked cake looks so great it almost seems like it would be hard to cover it with frosting, don’t you think?! The pretty colors come through again when the cake is cut and served though (see top pic, above).

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For complete details, check out the full tutorial. Happy Baking!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

84 responses to “Fabulous Rainbow Cake Tutorial”

  1. reilly says:

    this is so cool looking! & yummy! i think i will make for my niece’s bday!

  2. elle denise says:

    This will be PERFECT for my 31st bday!…

  3. Tori says:

    I LOVE this cake and these photos are simply amazing! What a great idea, you could definitely apply this process and make a cake to match any party theme.

  4. NO WAY! I just made this cake a few weeks ago for my daughter’s art birthday party! I even took similar pix (not that awesome one of the batter rimmed bowls, though!).
    I should have posted it on my site so I could have taken credit for it first! ;)
    It got a HUGE wow factor response, btw!

  5. Sabina says:

    My youngest daughter always says that her favorite color is “rainbow” – she would love this cake!!


  6. Emily F says:

    wow, I am LOVIN’ that cake.

  7. this is absolutely fantastic! i am totally in love with this cake and can’t wait to try it.

  8. I have to make this cake! It’s too gorgeous not to!!

    I think I’ll make this for St. Patrick’s Day – pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Love it!

  9. aleta says:


    Okay, seriously, I subscribe to this the hwtm blog, I never plan a party without a consultation with hwtm, and even made it out to the Boston Hostessing event.

    So imagine my excitement when, today, on my rss feed, right there, are my very own pictures with all kinds of nice words sprinkled around them. Thank you SO much for sharing my recipe with more people (and also remembering to link me! ;)

  10. Britney says:

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to try it out. You have the best website ever:)

  11. Jewell says:


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  13. KinaBolina says:

    OMG! This is the coolest cake ever!

  14. kathryn says:

    wow so cute i love it

  15. Chris says:

    OMG !!!

    Is this for real ?!! the kids will be bouncing off the walls with all them E numbers?!!?

  16. ellecupcake says:

    This is soooo great! I have been wanting to make cupcakes like this for a while!!!! WOOOOOOOOOO THANKYOU!

  17. jenn s. says:

    Aleta –
    Thank YOU so much for creating such a great tutorial to share! Your pictures turned out awesome!
    Jenn :)

  18. This is color lover’s dream dessert! Not sure I have the patience to make it, but just looking at it is very gratifying!

  19. Suzie says:

    The BEST dessert I’ve seen in a long time. I can’t wait to make it!!

  20. Kim O. says:

    Coolest cake ever!!! Love it!

  21. Courtney-Gift Mommy says:

    LOVE it!

  22. Rebecca says:

    All that food coloring doesn’t change the texture or the taste does it?

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  24. Heather says:

    Great idea! I’m going to surprise my husband with a purple and yellow cake during a Lakers game next week

  25. Joanna says:

    Gorgeous photos!!!

  26. jenn s. says:

    Rebecca –
    I don’t think the food coloring should make much of a difference in the taste/texture, but Aleta would be a good person to ask. I haven’t made this yet myself, but a couple people have mentioned to me that they’ve had this exact cake before and both said it was “delicious” and got rave reviews :)

    Heather – fantastic idea about the purple/yellow Lakers cake! I have a friend whose husband is completely obsessed with the Lakers…I’m going to pass your idea along to her too :)

  27. designergirl007 says:

    This is the best idea. My son will LOVE this bright colored cake. What a great idea!

  28. marpha says:

    i feel so cool right now just cuz i KNOW how to do it…

    i wonder if we have flour…

  29. Kuertzal Waltz. says:

    this cake is gorgeous! I was thinking of doing something like this for a theme party. I bet it tastes delicious :]

  30. That looks so yummy, I wish I could have a piece of it right now! Just when I thought nothing was better than homemade cake, I see this and realized a pretty COLORFUL homemade cake tops it all! Thanks for the tutorial…I’m not too much of a baker, but this looks like it’s definitely worth trying!

  31. Thrice says:

    Cool recipe!!!!!! :D I’ll definitely bake that cake!

  32. Nancy Musser says:

    Very cool cake…can’t wait to make it for my little girls party!! The other moms will be so jealous!!

  33. Nancy says:

    This is Fabulous!!! My kids are all grown, but I will be making this soon for SOMEONE ~ ANYONE!!!!! Thanks for sharing and I am soooo GLAD I found your Blog – it’s wonderful!

  34. lyndsay says:

    BRIGHT AND LOVELY!! ooooh can’t wait to try making these again…

  35. Elizabeth says:

    My mother used to make cakes like this for my sisters and me when we were little. She would make it more like a quilt with the colors side by side. Her colors were not this bright, though. My friends loved it!

  36. nixdminx says:

    I tried this for my daughter’s party was great. I also did a post on how to do a party on a credit crunch budget…it’s here

    I also feature cooking on my blog for the financially challenged and also wheat and gluten free.

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  38. KP says:

    I just made this cake last night, and it was quite easy, and looks absolutely beautiful! I enjoyed every step of the process, but now the only problem is that it is so pretty I can’t stop eating it! I still can’t get over how good it looks.

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