How to create a rainbow in a cake

There are not many foods that can brighten up your day more than a cake, but we think we may have found a cake that goes one step beyond.

Our decorating team have waved their magic wands and created a range of amazingly colourful, multi layered rainbow cakes!

Up the ‘wow’ factor with one of our bright rainbow cakes – Perfect for birthdays, special occasions and just about any time you want to add a splash of colour to your party!

This amazing cake isn’t as complicated as it looks, but if it’s still a bit intimidating then why not simply place an order for one from our stores. They are available until Easter Sunday.

If you fancy giving it a try for yourself, we spoke to our head decorator Maria, who told us exactly what you need to do to to create a rainbow cake.

First of all, the ingredients – Once mixed, these will be split to make 6 different rainbow sponges

  • 375g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 675g plain flour
  • 450g golden caster sugar
  • 9 medium eggs (very important to use the correct size)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • A couple of pinches of salt
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • Edible food colouring – pink, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple

So, once you’ve got your ingredients ready you’re good to go. Here’s is what you have to do next.

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease 2 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.
  2. Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly half the mixture back into the mixing bowl. Pick 2 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour – the colour of the batter now will be very similar to the finished cake, so be brave!
  3. Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible – but try not to waste a drop of the batter – a rubber spatula will help you. Bake on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.
  4. Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool. Wash the tins and bowls thoroughly, and start again from step 1 – this time using another 2 colours. Then repeat once more to get 6 sponges, all of different colours. Leave them all to cool.

Of course, if all of that sounds too difficult and you find yourself running out of time, why not pay a visit to your local Ferguson Plarre or go online and order a Rainbow Cake. They are available until Easter Sunday.