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02 May 2012

Rainbow Cakes

Baking is a great way to have some cheap, family fun at home and these rainbow cakes are not only delicious but they look rather funky too!


1) Make up a basic cake/sponge recipe and divide the mixture equally into 3 seperate bowls. We combined 4oz of caster sugar with 4oz of butter then added 2 eggs and 4oz of self-raising flour to make ours.

2) Add a few drops of different food colouring to each bowl and fold it in thoroughly. We used blue, green and red.

3) Spoon a small amount from each bowl into a cupcake case so the mixture is layered in each one.

4) Bake in the oven, allow to cool slightly and put the cakes onto a wire tray to cool down completely.

5) Add icing (we made butter cream) and try to make it look like fluffy clouds. Using a fork to pull the icing upwards gives it peaks.

6) Slice your fizzy rainbow sweets (we got ours in Co-op) down in size, around 3" should be fine or half a piece. Curve them slightly and place on top of each cake.


We have made slightly different variations of these over the past few years and you can aswell. We have left the sponges plain and had multi-coloured icing instead, added tiny marshmallows to represent clouds and added rainbow drops and other sweets too! Just explore with what you have available.


  1. They are beautiful and I love how the sponge is different colours. Pinning these!

    Thanks for sharing on Family Frolics - I love your support and your posts! :)

  2. what colouring do you use? My green was asda and blue morrisons. Put the best part of a bottle of colouring in 200g flour but no colour to speak off at all. worked for the icing but not the biscuits

  3. I love this idea! Who doesn't love rainbows :-) My son will enjoy baking rainbows and I agree that cooking is a great low cost activity that keeps everyone happy :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times!

    1. No probs :) I shall look at other posts that linked up too x

  4. Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing with us!

  5. What a cute cupcakes.. i'll featured it on my blog.. please come and see :)

  6. These are so cute, what a fabulous idea!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  7. These are just so cute! Love them.

  8. So cute, they remind me of Care bears from when I was younger - one of them had a rainbow coming out of two clouds on it's tummy! (I'm easily pleased obviously!)

  9. These are adorable! I am always on the look out for new things to bake with my little girl, as we love spending time baking together. She would love these!

  10. These are such a great idea,I love the coloured sponge,definately a must to make :)

  11. Think my girlies would love these!

  12. these look fun and are lovely to do with the little ones

  13. Wow these look fabulous, an idea I'd never thought to do. Thank you

  14. Very pretty! I think children would love making these.

  15. My little one will love these :)

  16. These are so cute, I must be in a Rainbow mood today!

  17. Love this idea, especially the different colour sponge mix


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