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Rainbow Cake with Clouds

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  • 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.
Editor’s Note: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted tube pans.
Nutrition 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.


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  • cindiak
    Sep 3, 2020

    The cake turned out so pretty and was delicious.

  • Laura
    Jun 25, 2020

    I'm not a fan of the chemicals in food coloring, and I make the cake from scratch. But what's great about the cake is: the cake presents a great opportunity to teach others the true story of the rainbow. I like telling the story found in Genesis of the Bible, of why God created the rainbow. He created it to be a reminder to us of His promise that He will never flood the whole world again. He was very sad by what He did but the world was so wicked, that He had to. Only one family in all the earth was loyal to God at the time, Noah's family, God saved them (Noah's Ark) and they repopulated the world. So now when it rains and a rainbow appears, we have a spectacular reminder of God's promise.

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Oct 25, 2019

    Great recipe! I made it for my sons 2nd birthday and it turned out well even with my 2 young helpers. My cake didn't come out of the pan cleanly so I frosted it with the whipped cream instead of serving on the side. A big hit with all ages!

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Mar 27, 2017

    No comment left

  • peanutsnona76
    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
    Apr 15, 2015

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