Rainbow Cake with Clouds Recipe
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Rainbow Cake with Clouds Recipe

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Some cakes stand on their own without icing. For this bright Rainbow Cake, use a little whipped cream to make fluffy clouds. —Janet Tigchelaar, Jerseyville, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • Purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red paste food coloring
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 slice with 2 tablespoons whipped cream: 208 calories, 11g fat (4g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease and flour a 10-in. fluted tube pan. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Transfer 1-1/3 cups batter to prepared pan; spread evenly. Remove an additional 2 tablespoons batter to a small bowl; reserve.
  2. Divide remaining batter into six separate bowls, tinting each with food coloring to make the following: 2 tablespoons purple batter, 1/4 cup blue batter, 1/3 cup green batter, 1/2 cup yellow batter, 2/3 cup orange batter, and the remaining batter red.
  3. Fill six small food-safe plastic bags with a different color batter. Cut a small hole in a corner of the red batter bag; pipe a wide ring onto white batter to within 1/2 in. of pan edges. Pipe a ring of orange in the middle of the red ring, leaving some red visible on each side. Repeat by piping remaining colors in the middle of the previous layer, in rainbow color order. (Each ring will be narrower than the previous layer.) Fill a bag with reserved white batter; pipe over purple ring only.
  4. Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  5. Remove cake from pan; place on a serving plate. In a bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Serve cake with whipped cream clouds. Yield: 16 servings.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.
Originally published as Rainbow Cake with Clouds in Taste of Home February/March 2014

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peanutsnona76 User ID: 8027573 247125
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2016

"Instructions are perfectly clear. easy enougjh that my 10-year old made it! Fun and easy recipe, especially for a rainy day or kids theme party."

jezinthekitchen User ID: 4005694 224874
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2015

"Love this - so easy, and so pretty with the bright, bright colors!"

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