Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rainbow Velvet Cake

Here's another recipe from our vacation. Since it was Sam's birthday, we had to bake her a cake of course. She doesn't really like many cakes, but she does love red velvet cake. But, I didn't want to make just any ole' plain red velvet cake, so I decided to make a Rainbow Velvet Cake. I mean honestly, red velvet cake is  just a southern cake with very light cocoa flavoring and then a whole bunch of red dye. So instead, I made 6 thin layers of cake (instead of the traditional 3 thick layers), each layer being a different color of the rainbow. I don't know what was more exciting for us eating this colorful masterpiece or the moment of when we got to cut into the cake and finally see all the beautiful rainbow layers. It was an awesome recipe and just so pretty to look at. This Rainbow Velvet Cake might have to be birthday staple from now on, we just loved it.
Birthday Cake with Sparkler Candles
Sam Blowing out her Candles 
Pretty Awesome Rainbow Velvet Cake
For the Rainbow Cake:
2 ½C AP Flour
1 ½C Sugar
1t Baking Soda
1t Salt
2t Cocoa Powder
1 ½C Vegetable Oil
1C Buttermilk, Room Temperature
2 Large Eggs, Room Temperature
Food Coloring For Each Layer
1t White Distilled Vinegar
1t Vanilla

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 8oz Packages of Cream Cheese, Softened
2 Sticks of Unsalted Butter, Softened
3C Confectioners’ Sugar, Sifted
2t Vanilla

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 6 round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with Pam and set aside.
2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. In another mixing bowl, stir together buttermilk, oil, eggs, vanilla and vinegar.
4. In a large mixing bowl on medium speed, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined and a smooth batter is formed.
5. Divide equally into 6 bowls and add a different food coloring to each bowl (as much as you want for the desired brightness of each cake). Mix the food coloring in so that is well incorporated. Pour the each batter into one of the prepared cake pans.
6. Bake each cake for about 10-12 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pans for about 5-10 minutes, and then let it completely cool on a rack.
7. To make the cream cheese frosting, start off by beating the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy, then add in the vanilla. Slowly add in the sifted confectioners’ sugar and beat until well incorporated.
8. To complete the cake, start by putting the purple cake layer on the cake stand, the top with cream cheese and follow with that same pattern going up the color spectrum from blue to green to yellow to orange to pink. Finally completely cover the cake with the cream cheese frosting making sure that is smooth. Garnish with sprinkles for decoration.
9. Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes, so that the cream cheese frosting can set. But, let the cake come to room temperature for 10-15 minutes before eating. 
Slice of Rainbow Velvet Cake that's Ready to Eat!!


  1. I made this cake for my mom's birthday today and it turned out DELICIOUS! Mine wasn't as pretty as yours but I will definitely be making it again ;) Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. I'm so glad that recipe worked for you!! I love red velvet more than anything. If you like this cake, definitely try my Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake Cake. It's my favorite cake that I've baked thus far! Thanks for the love :)


  3. nice lady i like your cake