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Rainbow Cake Recipe

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 8

Rainbow Cake
During the holidays, when I entertain people, I like to make an array of desserts. Included would be pies, sweet breads, cookies, candies, and fresh fruit. Then in the center this rainbow cake. Makes a great center piece for a dessert table.

Rainbow Cake

Ingredients for Making the Rainbow Cake
2-1/4- cups sifted cake flour
1-1/4-cup white granulated sugar
1/4-cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4-cup cocoa powder
1-teaspoon salt
1-teaspoon baking soda
1-teaspoon baking powder
1/4-cup butter
1/4-cup shortening
1-teaspoon vanilla extract
1-cup buttermilk
3-large eggs

Step 1
Grease and flour 2- 8 or 9 inch round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2
Sift together the flour, both sugars, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and soda. Add 3/4 cup of the buttermilk, butter, shortening, and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Add the 3 eggs and beat 2 more minutes, add remaining buttermilk and beat on high for 1 more minute. Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until wooden pick comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes. When cool, cut each layer horizontally in 2. Frost each layer with a different color. Stack the layers, but don't frost the sides.
Makes one 4-layer cake.

While cake is baking, prepare the rainbow frosting, as follows;

1-cup whole milk
2-tablespoons all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/2-cup butter, softened
1/2-cup vegetable shortening
1-cup white granulated sugar
2 to 3 drops each of green, yellow and red food coloring
1/4-teaspoon almond, lemon and peppermint flavorings
3-tablspoons cocoa powder
1/4-teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1
In a medium sauce pan and medium heat, combine milk, flour and salt. Stirring constantly cook 5 to 7 minutes, until thickened. Cool.

Step 2
Combine butter, shortening and sugar in a bowl. Beat well. Add to the cooled milk mixture, beating constantly. Beat about 5 to 7 minutes, or until smooth.

Step 3
Divide among 4 bowls. In the first bowl, add green food coloring and almond flavoring. In second, add yellow food coloring and lemon flavoring. In third, add red food coloring and peppermint flavoring. To the fourth add cocoa powder and vanilla.



Nov 1, 2010 9:23pm
Great ideas as usual.
Nov 1, 2010 10:38pm
What a gorgeous looking cake ... and yummy, too!
Nov 2, 2010 5:19pm
What a colorful centerpiece! Very creative!
Nov 5, 2010 10:19am
This sounds and looks like a real winner. Thanks for sharing your recipe for rainbow cake.
Nov 16, 2010 9:18pm
This is so beautiful and I'm sure it's most delicious. So super creative too and I'm bookmarking to try it!!
Nov 22, 2010 10:28am
Looks good and I imagine that children will love it.
Dec 3, 2010 11:01pm
Simply sounds delicious. Thanks.
Mar 3, 2011 1:50pm
Thank you. This rainbow cake is an awesome desert.
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