What could be more cheerful than a cake frosted with every color of the rainbow?!
In this cheerful Rainbow Cake in Buttercream decorating video, I'm going to show you how to make a multi-colored buttercream design with a smooth finish!
This simple buttercream technique can be applied to all sorts of cake designs, including ombre or color gradient cakes. Whether using a few colors of buttercream or many, the technique is the same. This is a great option for all skill levels of cake decorating!
This brightly colored buttercream frosted cake is sure to bring smiles! Our rainbow design is not only perfect for birthday cakes, but also for St. Patrick's Day. A pastel rainbow design would be beautiful too.
The technique is surprisingly simple, and with so many colors, it has that festive "wow factor" too! You can bring even more fun to the inside of the cake with colorful cake layers, a rainbow filling, or Funfetti cake!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
In the video, I forgot to glue my cake/cake board to the turntable with frosting. Ack! It's much easier to apply pressure to your cake as you smooth the sides with your bench scraper when the cake is not trying to escape ;0) But in the end, our little cake turned out just fine, whew!
How to Make a Rainbow Buttercream Cake- Free Tutorial
Learn how to create colorful rainbow stripes for this beautiful rainbow cake!
- In this cake video, I am frosting a 6 inch, 4 layer double barrel cake. (Double barrel cakes are taller than average, so there is a cake cardboard with supports beneath about halfway up). I’m using Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream frosting which is a crusting recipe, but any medium consistency frosting is fine! Our Classic Vanilla Buttercream is a great choice also (although not quite as white due to the amount of butter.)
- Buttercream (I used a crusting recipe because I wanted to use the “Viva Method” for smoothing).
- Coloring Gels: The colors of the rainbow! I used Americolor: Super Red, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Electric Green, Sky Blue, & Violet. I tinted about ½ cup of buttercream for each color used.
- Misc: Piping bags, Cake Cardboards- I used 2 beneath cake, and one halfway up since it was a double barrel cake, turntable, Viva paper towels for smoothing, spatula, etc.
- Straight Edge/Bench Scraper (My tall one that I use in the video is made by Wilton)
- Gold Ribbon- Optional, but we used this for our border to add a bit of gold to our St. Patrick’s Day cake.
- *No piping tips were used, I simply snipped the tips off of the disposable bags.
- After crumb coating the cake, snip the ends off of your disposable piping bags filled with all of the rainbow colors.
- Pipe bands of color to desired width as you rotate the cake on the turntable.
- Using a (preferably tall) bench scraper, smooth the frosting stripes while rotating the cake, try to keep the bench scraper as still as possible and scrape off the bench scraper as needed.
- Fine tune smoothness of the crusted buttercream with a Viva Paper Towel (or if you prefer, you can chill the the cake in the freezer for 15 minutes until the buttercream is firm and smooth over with a hot bench scraper).
- Top off with billowy puffs of piped buttercream for clouds and wrap a gold ribbon around the base. *If the ribbon isn't metallic and will show grease splotches, you'll want to apply a thin coating of vegetable shortening to the ribbon before wrapping around the cake so that any discoloration is uniform.
Looking for even more rainbow cake cuteness? Check out our Roundup of Rainbow Cake Tutorials, Ideas, and Recipes!
Thank you. Nice technique!
Sweet!! Love it!
I love this! It would also be a great technique for an ombre cake.
Thanks Melissa, I think it would be beautiful in ombre!
Love it! Your colours are so vibrant. I'm going to have to try this one day. Love the ombre idea to. So many great techniques and ideas but so little time :)
Thanks Teri! I know what you mean, if only there were more hours in the day!! ;0)
Thank you, thank you and thank you! Love it!
I'm so glad, Tina! ;0)
This might be a silly question but what is the pan size for your cake? My 6 inch cakes are never as thick as yours. Is it 6x3 or a 6x2?
Hi Adrienne, Our 6 inch pans are 2 inches deep. This cake is four 6 inch layers, with a cake cardboard half way up.
Thank You for sharing! I will be perfecting this but I'm very happy with my first attempt.
I couldn't get any Viva paper towels with my grocery delivery but I was able to smooth it using parchment paper.
Hi Nicole, Your cake looks great, thanks so much for posting.