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DS wants one of those rainbow coloured layered sponge cakes for his birthday

(41 Posts)
FakePlasticLobsters Fri 22-Feb-13 19:38:52

Can anyone recommend a good recipe for one?

I've made a chocolate sponge before but these seem a bit ambitious. And what's the best kind of colouring and flavouring for the rainbow?

sapphirestar Fri 22-Feb-13 20:18:12

Have you looked on the goodtoknow recipes site? I get their magazine and there was one in there a month or two ago. Love their recipes as they always seems to just 'work'. Is it where you make 4/5 separate cakes in different colours and sandwich them together, or I am I thinking of the wrong thing?

Tee2072 Fri 22-Feb-13 20:19:37

Make a basic sponge, without chocolate, and add food colouring and some flavour extracts. It shouldn't be all that hard, really.

sapphirestar Fri 22-Feb-13 20:19:56
Crikeyblimey Fri 22-Feb-13 20:23:53

Make a regular sponge then divide the mixture into 3. Add red food colouring to 1/3, green to another 1/3 and leave one plain. Spoon in random blobs into your cake tin and bake as normal. It goes all marbley.

FakePlasticLobsters Fri 22-Feb-13 20:23:54

I hadn't heard of that goodtoknow site or gel paste colouring, but yes, that's exactly the sort of thing he wanted, thank you sapphirestar.

fancyanother Fri 22-Feb-13 20:24:51

I was looking up one of these for my sons birthday. You make up a usual sponge batter, divide it into six and colour each bit with gel food colouring.. Don't use the liquid ones or it wont come out ( at least mine didnt.. ) Then you just put the coloured cake mix into the pan in whichever pattern you like- layered, circling out, random blobs. I haven't actually done this yet as my DS's birthday isn't for a couple of weeks, but I saw it on the internet when my original liquid food colouring effort failed and hers looked great! I typed in colouring cake mix I think into google.

FakePlasticLobsters Fri 22-Feb-13 20:26:01

The marbley one sounds good as well Crikey, but the one he had in mind was a stripy one, which he saw in his Winnie the Witch book.

I'm considering myself lucky he only wanted the rainbow bit, because Winnie makes one that is as tall as her house and has seven different types of cake, stacked up like wedding cake, for her party.

nevermindthecrocodiles Fri 22-Feb-13 20:26:04

I tried to make one today but I couldn't get the vibrant colours you see in photos - peed me right off! Any miracle food dyes, anyone?

Crikeyblimey Fri 22-Feb-13 20:32:05

Is it horizontal stripes or vertical?

Horizontal you could do by making 3 different coloured cakes and split them lengthways (to make 6) and stack in a pattern.

SavoirFaire Fri 22-Feb-13 20:36:44

Friend of mine did this. It looks amazing. But all of the other mums in the room including me seethed with rage knowing that our own efforts later in the year would be very poor in comparison. I have no tips. Sorry!

babyicebean Fri 22-Feb-13 20:37:21

Use gel colours as they are far stronger than the liquid - Morrisons sell some

sapphirestar Fri 22-Feb-13 20:41:55

You're welcome, hope it goes well! I've never used the gels either, maybe you just make one sponge and give the gels a try just to see how they come out? Then you haven't lost much if it doesn't work, although I find the good to know ones normally do. I have a scrap book full of recipes cut out of the magazines

BettySuarez Fri 22-Feb-13 20:47:49

It's really easy to do, just prepare double quantity cake mix. Divide into 6 bowls and add colour using gel colours (ASDA sell them now).

Place into cake tins and bake the 6 individual batches.

Make up your usual frosting (double qty) and use a thin smear to sandwich each layer (don't be tempted to use too much as the layers will slide around and become unstable)

Then apply an initial crumb coat of frosting, refrigerate for 30 mins before adding final frosting.

It is messy and time consuming and your kitchen will be the biggest fucking tip you have EVER laid eyes on but it will be fab grin

HobKnob Fri 22-Feb-13 20:54:57

I've made one of these- used the same method as betty and it came out really well. I used a cream cheese frosting for mine.

FakePlasticLobsters Fri 22-Feb-13 20:57:05

The stripes are horizontal ones, but I'm tempted to try a marble one as well, for my friend who has a birthday on the same day but is having a party the week before.

That way I can get the hang of the dyes, marble can look swirly and it won't matter, and she won't be expecting a cake so if it all goes badly wrong nobody will ever have to know, and the dogs can hide the evidence.

Betty thanks for the warning about the kitchen. I'll make sure DH is on washing up duty that day grin

dikkertjedap Fri 22-Feb-13 21:02:07

There is a beautiful one on Pinterest. I will see if I can find a link, otherwise do a search on he Pinterest website.

dikkertjedap Fri 22-Feb-13 21:04:49

Actually there are several beautiful ones on Pinterest. I would go to the Pinterest website and type in the search box: rainbow cake

You can get Wilson food colouring gel at Hobbycraft or online. You only need a tiny bit and gives much better colours then the stuff you buy in the supermarkets. If you don't like making cake mix from scratch I can recommend the Betty Crocker mixes (supermarket), they are lovely fluffy.

HobKnob Fri 22-Feb-13 21:07:35

FX here's a picture of the one I made...

HobKnob Fri 22-Feb-13 21:08:08

I did it! <squeals>

Jayne266 Fri 22-Feb-13 21:14:20

I have just done one of these I used gel colours From tesco and a basic sponge mix I did four layers with jam and buttercream in the middle and covered with a shop bought vanilla frosting. Yum

BettySuarez Fri 22-Feb-13 21:46:03

I love the Ombré cakes on Pintrest smile

AmandinePoulain Sat 23-Feb-13 09:29:30

My Good Food magazine just popped through the letterbox and the cake on the cover made me think of this thread, have a look for a copy op smile

Belmo Sat 23-Feb-13 09:37:32
FakePlasticLobsters Sat 23-Feb-13 09:44:20

Thank you everyone. I really appreciate all the help and suggestions, especially about the gel colours.

I would never have known they work better than normal food colouring for this sort of thing and probably would have ended up using far too much of the other kind to try and get the right colours.

And I will be looking out for the magazines.

CrazyOldCatLady Sat 23-Feb-13 09:46:51

I love this one: http://sweetapolita.com/2011/04/rainbow-doodle-birthday-cake/

CrazyOldCatLady Sat 23-Feb-13 09:49:12

sorry, this one.

OhMyNoReally Sat 23-Feb-13 09:49:14

Dr oetkers aren't strong enough for the really vibrant colours, they turn out more pastel in shade. I would try another brand like Wilton you can buy them online but I've never tried them, I used oetkers and they just weren't bright enough.

christinarossetti Sat 23-Feb-13 09:49:46

Marking place for later......

seeker Sat 23-Feb-13 09:50:24

I've only manage to get bright colours like in the pictures by using a cake mix (which practically destroyed my baker's soul). I found normal mixture was too yellow-y and the colours were sludgy, even with gel colours.

Crikeyblimey Sat 23-Feb-13 09:52:03

Hope the cake goes well.

This thread has brought some lovely memories of my mum back to me. Marble birthday cakes were her speciality when we were little. She died last summer aged 83 and it is really nice to remember the stuff she did smile. Cutting edge woman that she was!

papooshka Sat 23-Feb-13 09:54:58

I made one for my dd's birthday. It was a bit of a faff to do but not difficult and it was a really good surprise when we cut the cake and I have to say it looked fab!

I found this blog online and copied it, yes to using gel dyes, and also I used 6 foil tins for the 6 layers and cooked in 2 batches. For the icing in between the layers I alternated between jam and the frosting for the outside.

http://kerrycooks.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/rainbow-cake/

Go for it!!

fahmida Sat 23-Feb-13 10:58:18

Yes I made one last year for dd's 6th birthday. You will need plenty of food colourings. More than you think that you need, as the colours are not that vibrant once baked....
I made mine over a few weeks - freezing a couple of layers at a time, as the colours were not quite right!!!! So please give yourself plenty of time to bake the separate layers.
But it looked fab once made and everyone loved it! The pic is obviously as a slice, will try and load the full pic...

If not, try a confetti cake. Just fold bright sugar strands that you normally sprinkle over cakes into cake mixture just before you put it in the tins. The strands melt so they ate not crunchy but they leave behind loads of dots of color, really easy grin

PeppermintCreams Sat 23-Feb-13 11:11:04

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nappyaddict Sat 23-Feb-13 11:18:05

I like this kit kat and M&M one (or you could use skittles)

micakela.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/kit-kat-and-mm-rainbow-cake-15/

seaweed74 Sat 23-Feb-13 11:25:31

The latest edition of Good Food magazine has the rainbow cake as its cover with all info on how to get a professional result inside. Mine's a subscriber copy so prob not in shops till tues/wed.

I did one last month for dd1. I used Wilton paste colours, got them in Hobbycraft.

I love the idea of confetti cake. Must try that. Am doing a cake for dd1`s birthday party tomorrow.

MsTimTam Sun 24-Feb-13 09:12:03

I've done a confetti cake, they are fab. Also made confetti fairy cakes at Christmas with tiny red and green Christmas trees baked into them.

My dds both want a rainbow cake for their birthdays in May so these tips are great.

sooperdooper Mon 11-Mar-13 14:05:27

I'm going to try one of these later in the week, I've got some little pots of gel colour from Asda but I can't remember what brand they are - did people use normal buttercream icing as frosting or something different?

sooperdooper Mon 11-Mar-13 14:22:39

When people have said use a lot of the colouring - how much is that per cake, a table spoon? More? Not sure what I'll use the colours for again so I'm not bothered it I need to chuck loads in!!

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