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I love to bake and if you follow my Tasty Treats Pinterest board you know how true that statement is. I had hoped to make a Rainbow Cake for our Easter Celebration and the cookbook, Simply Sweet ColorCakes: Wow-Worthy Desserts Anyone Can Make arrived in mailbox just in time! I was in love with this cookbook the minute it arrived. I am sure I will be sharing more colorful and delicious recipes from this book over the next few months because it is chock full of spring and summertime treats.
Featuring over 125 colorful cakes, cookies, ice cream treats, cupcakes and more, readers will find inspiration on every page of COLORCAKES. With a photo for every recipe, there are cute and clever treats perfect for every occasion from snack-time to party-time. The cookbook guides bakers through every step with “Simply Smart” secrets for making the recipes even easier and “Color Wow!” tips on how to take your treat to the next level, as well as how-tos for creating eye-popping designs and cutouts for your creations. Best of all, most of the recipes can be made in under an hour and some in just 15 minutes! Whether you have an afternoon or a few minutes to whip up something, there’s a show-stopping dessert for you.
The book is divided into six sections:
- sweets on a stick
- crazy for cupcakes
- layer by layer
- cookie jar
- brilliant bars
- cool treats
There is something for every sweet tooth in this cookbook. A few of the recipes I can’t wait to try are the School of Fish Cake pops, Swirled Candy Cane Cupcakes, Orange Ombre Cake, Tie Dyed Cookies, Cheery Chocolate Candy Bars and the Strawberry Lemonade Ice Cream Cupcakes!
How to Make a Rainbow Cake
- 2 15.25 oz packages of white cake mix
- Water vegetable oil and eggs-as called for on the cake mix box
- Gel food coloring red yellow, blue, green plus orange and purple if you can find it.
- 3 16 oz cans ready-to-spread vanilla frosting divided
- 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar divided
- Preheat the oven to 350°
- Grease six 8" round cake pans, line with parchment paper
- Prepare a double batch of cake mix according to package directions, using water, vegetable oil and eggs
- Divide the batter evenly between 6 bowls (1 1/3 cups of batter in each bowl)
- Stir 1/8 tsp each of blue, green, yellow and purple food coloring into 4 of the batters (you can make purple by combining red and blue)
- Stir 1/2-1 tsp of orange food coloring into the 5th bowl (you can combine red and yellow to make orange)
- Stir 3/4-1 tsp of red food coloring in the 6th bowl of batter
- Pour the batters into the prepared pans
- Bake the cake layers at 350° for 13-15 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
- Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes
- Remove cakes from pans to wire racks and cool completely (about 1 hour)
- Beat 2 cans frosting with 1 cup powdered sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes)
- Stack cake layers with 1/3 cup frosting in between each layer
- With 1 1/4 cups frosting, spread a thin layer of frosting on top and sides of cake
- Add remaining can of frosting and 1 3/4 cups powdered sugar to remaining frosting in bowl
- Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes)
- Divide frosting into 3 bowls
- Tint 2 bowls different shades of light blue
- Frost cake with deepest blue toward the bottom and white frosting on top
- Use back of spoon to blend and swirl frosting
1. I only had 3 pans so I baked 3 layers at a time and refrigerated the batter that was waiting to be used.
2. I couldn't find all 6 colors of gel food coloring so I mixed colors to make purple and orange.
3. I chose not to follow the directions for the ombre frosting. I decorated with jelly beans instead.
Since I was making this cake for our Easter celebration I kept the type of cake a secret and we made a big deal out of cutting the cake. Everyone, including myself, was really impressed with how beautiful and delicious the cake was.
Have you ever made a Rainbow Cake? Would you give it a try now? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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