In this fun little cake video, I’m going to demonstrate how to make a rainbow cake. This rainbow pound cake is made in a bundt pan, and the technique is so easy!
I happen to love rainbow cakes and we’ve made so many over the years, but somehow I had never tried to make a rainbow bundt cake!
I had no idea they were so simple– and with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, rainbow cakes are in season. (Really, rainbow cakes are a year-round favorite..but St. Patrick’s Day gives us another reason to celebrate!)
How to Make a Rainbow Cake (In this case, a Rainbow Pound Cake!)
- We used our go-to pound cake recipe from our Recipes section for this project, but I would imagine any batter that works well for bundt cakes would work! I did like the added thickness of the pound cake batter.
- After making the pound cake batter, we divided the batter between 6 bowls. (Our pound cake recipe makes about 8 cups of batter.) Try to divide it up as evenly as you can.
- Next, tint the batter in each bowl a different color of the rainbow. I used Americolor coloring gels but go with whatever your preferred coloring is.
- **Helpful Hint about Violet- I used Americolor violet to tint my last bowl of batter but to give it a little extra purple color (it was a little too blue-grey) I added a touch of Deep pink. This gave me the shade of purple that I needed.
- Starting with the red batter, I loaded a disposable piping bag and snipped the tip away, and then piped it into the bottom of the prepared bundt pan. I smoothed over it with a spoon, and followed with orange, piping directly onto the red batter and covering it completely. Smooth over gently with a spoon as needed and repeat for all of the colors.
- Bake as usual. Allow the cake to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes before flipping it out.
- Once cool, I added a glaze, sprinkles, and a buttercream “cloud border”. So cute and fun!
- Also, to represent the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for St Patrick’s Day, I served the slices with a few gold wrapped chocolate coins.
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Helpful Tips for Make a Rainbow Cake
Line your tinted batter up in order to be on the safe side!
I like to use disposable piping bags to pipe my batter into the pan- but you can also carefully spoon it on and gently smooth it.
When adding a new layer of batter to the cake pan, it should completely cover the previous color of batter.
When mixing my Violet batter, I mixed a touch of Deep Pink into it to brighten it a little.
If you don’t want to make buttercream “clouds”, you can serve your slices with dollops of whipped cream for a very similar cloud-like look!
Thanks so much for stopping by! If you give this rainbow cake tutorial a try, please leave a comment or photo below! We would love to see!
For the Pound Cake
- 3 sticks (339 g) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups (600 g) sugar
- 5 large eggs
- 3 cups (375 g) all purpose flour, (not self-rising)
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) baking powder
- 1 cup (235 g) whole milk
- 2 teaspoons (8 g) vanilla
- 1 teaspoon (4 g) lemon extract (optional)
- *Colors: We used Americolor Super Red, Orange, Lemon Yellow, Leaf Green, Sky Blue and Violet (with a touch of Deep Pink mixed into it to deepen the purple)
- Optional: sprinkles on top (I also place chocolate gold coins on the plate for St. Patrick's Day)
For the Sugar Glaze
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar, sifted
- 1.5 Tablespoons milk (adjust as needed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use clear imitation vanilla if you need a true white glaze)
For the Buttercream Cloud Border (optional)
- 1 sticks (113g) unsalted butter, slightly softened but cool to the touch and holding it's shape
- 3 cups(345g) powdered sugar (depending on desired consistency. More sugar=more crusting).
- 1 tsp. vanilla (4 grams), use clear imitation vanilla if you like a whiter frosting
- 2 Tablespoons (30g) whole milk or more if needed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (1.5g) to cut the sweetness (preferably fine grain or popcorn salt). Adjust to taste.
For the Pound Cake
- Grease and flour a bundt pan.
- Lower the oven rack to the next to lowest position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a separate bowl whisk the flour and baking powder to combine, set aside for later.
- Cream the butter with the paddle attachment in your mixer, gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy 3 to 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time blending after each to incorporate.
- Add the vanilla and lemon extract to the l cup of milk. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk to the butter, sugar, egg mixture. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. I add the dry 3 times and milk twice.
Tinting the Batter
- Divide the pound cake batter (approximately 8 cups) into 6 bowls- each will be tinted a different color of the rainbow.
- I used Americolor coloring gels for this.
- Next, you will layer on your colors into the prepared (greased/floured) bundt pan. Some people spoon in the colors- I find it easier to pipe them into the bundt pan using disposable piping bags (with the tips snipped away).
- Start with the red batter, gently smooth over it, and follow with orange batter, covering the red completely. Repeat for each color.
- Bake on the lowest rack of your oven at 325 degrees (F). Start checking for doneness at the 50 minute mark but it often takes up to 1 hour, 10 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached, it is ready. If not, add a few minutes to baking time as needed.
For the Sugar Glaze
- Combine all ingredients
- Load into a piping bag with the tip snipped away (or use a spoon if you prefer) and drizzle over the cake. We added confetti sprinkles right after drizzling so that they would stick- the glaze sets up fairly quickly.
For the Buttercream (border)
- Cream the (slightly softened) butter until smooth. Blend in the vanilla.
- Add half of the powdered sugar and most of the milk. Beat at medium speed until the powdered sugar is incorporated.
- Add remaining powdered sugar and milk and mix at medium speed another 3 to 4 minutes scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. I slow down the mixer to very slow. (#2 on the Kitchenaid) for 1 to 2 minutes. This will help eliminate air pockets in the buttercream. The texture will become very smooth.
- Yields about 2 cups of frosting.
- *I filled my piping bag with the buttercream frosting and snipped the tip away to create puffs of buttercream for a cloud-like look all the way around the base of the cake.
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