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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake

From out of the blue this time comes a truly beautiful sight. As soon as folks get a glimpse of it, though, it'll likely disappear fast! Conjured up by CT's cooks, the colorful rainbow cake features pound cake topped with a creamy spread and fresh fruit. An orange "pot" at the rainbow's end is full to the brim for dipping, too. You'll have a good-as-gold treat sure to shine at a St. Patrick's Day party! —or any festive event.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 5 teaspoons orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 15 to 18 large green grapes, halved
  • 15-ounces can of mandarin oranges, well-drained
  • 10 to 15 fresh strawberries, halved

Directions

  • Arrange cake cubes in a rainbow arch on a large serving platter. In a small bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. In another bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, orange zest and orange juice until smooth; fold in whipped cream.
  • Gently spread cream cheese mixture over cake cubes. Arrange fruit over cream cheese mixture in a rainbow pattern. If desired, garnish with additional whipped cream to create cloud shapes.
Crafter thoughts: —Red raspberries, blueberries, green grapes, oranges and strawberries form the strips on the rainbow shown here. If you like, try other fruit such as red grapes, pineapple chunks, kiwi, etc. —Anytime you're enjoying fresh fruit, whip up this quick cream cheese dip all by itself as a tasty complement. Finished size: Cake is 15 inches long.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 395 calories, 24g fat (14g saturated fat), 101mg cholesterol, 208mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 4g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • ekalaka
    Feb 28, 2012

    Thanks for the idea. I have a rainbow shaped tray and this will be perfect for brunch. I plan to use red=raspberries, orange mandarin oranges, yellow= bananas, green= green grapes, blue=blueberries, indigo=blackberries, violet=blue grapes.

  • nitsrika
    Mar 16, 2010

    This was super easy and very cute and yummy for a St. Patrick's Day brunch.