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Apr 27 / bryn

924. How to {not} make a rainbow cake

Megan over at Not Martha made a FABULOUS rainbow cake for St. Patrick’s Day.  She has a great site and details the step by step instructions for making her creations (I love that!).  Her rainbow cake looked easy enough, so I figured I’d give it a try.


Ok, so it all started simple enough.  Betty Crocker Lemon Cake mix.  I’ve pretty much decided I’m going to stop baking cakes from scratch.  I get more compliments on my cakes out of a box.

I used the cake mix but added the juice and zest of 1 lemon.  I used the lemon juice + enough water to equal 1 cup, 1/2 cup vegetable oil (yum), 3 eggs, and lemon zest.  Just mixed it all in the kitchenaid.

Now the tricky part.

Megan suggested measuring out 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1 oz amounts of batter in separate bowls.  I just bought a kitchen scale and I have tons of tiny bowls.  Check.

First I measured out the batter.

Then I added food coloring to each bowl.  That was a little tricky.  Just keep adding it until it looks right.

Next, I poured each of the colored batters into their own ziplock baggie for ease of pouring.

Then, I poured the rest of the uncolored batter into the bundt cake pan.

Now the tricky part.  I took the red bag, snipped a corner off and poured the batter into the pan.  Kind of like a donut within a donut.  Next, I did the same thing with the orange, only this time, the donut was a little smaller.  Make sense?  By the time I was done, it looked like this.

Put it in the oven and crossed my fingers.

Should have crossed my toes too.

It ended up looking like a tie dyed heart.

Yes, it looked cool.  But nothing like a rainbow.  Not sure I’ll do it again…..but it was a fun {bright} experiment for Easter.

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