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Rainbow Layer Cake Recipe

Rainbow Layer Cake Recipe

Fruity gelatin helps create the rainbow effect for this pretty cake. Lemon frosting is a nice and springy finishing touch. —Dawn Shackelford, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons each lemon, strawberry and orange gelatin powder
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) lemon frosting


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of three greased 9-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
  • 2. Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions, substituting three whole eggs for egg whites. Divide evenly among three bowls. Stir one flavor of gelatin into each bowl until blended. Pour each into a prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • 3. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.
    Freeze option: Wrap cooled cake layers in plastic wrap, then cover securely in foil; freeze. To use, thaw cakes before unwrapping. Assemble as directed. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This recipe was tested with a Betty Crocker white cake mix (regular size).

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sstetzel User ID: 158954 235652
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2015

"Hi 235gbt, the recipe asks you to use the 3 whole eggs in place of the egg whites called for in the directions on the box cake mix.

Hope that helps.
Sue Stetzel
Online Community Manager
Taste of Home Magazine"

235gbt User ID: 8485749 235639
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2015

"I am confused - it calls for 3 eggs - then in the directions - it says to use egg whites? which is the right answer... 3 eggs or egg whites and does it make a difference as to which eggs I use?"

debpenns User ID: 5553562 230018
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2015

"I made this cake for a friends birthday!! I chose strawberry, jello, for the flavors, along with lemon, and orange1 turned out awesome! also used the homemade icing from TOH, everyone one loved it!!!"

k_s9 User ID: 8089062 229360
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"This is indeed a very pretty cake ...was soft and moist but little crumbly..and next time would reduce the oil by a tbsp or two cuz the paper underneath the cake showed extra oil...I used another cake icing recipe also available in TOH (lemon orange cake recipe) for this's citrus lemony flavour blended really well with this cake but was a little sweet although I used only 4 cups of the icing sugar then what the recipe called does taste like eating a fruit candy time will try to enhance the flavor by adding a tbsp of lemon juice, orange juice and stawberry juice or essence!! Will let u know how it turns out :)"

sadiecb1 User ID: 2043418 225937
Reviewed May. 5, 2015

"I made this cake for my hubby's Birthday. Everyone love the color and the way it tasted."

loneflower1 User ID: 8287510 222501
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"I didn't try it yet. It looks & sounds so yummy, it's got to be a 5 start easy yummy cake!"

SusanFletcher User ID: 8179780 222460
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"Love this"

skymom747 User ID: 1717371 106018
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2014

"Fantastic! I made this for Easter and it was gone in a flash :) I used sugar free jello (because I already had it in my pantry) and it was still yummy. Super moist and full of flavor!"

sarahjo83 User ID: 4236789 152258
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2014


latrav User ID: 7181851 96288
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"This cake was simple to make and tasted very good. I received quite a few compliments on it. Next I'm going to make cupcakes from this recipe."

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