Sunday, April 10, 2011

Gluten Free Rainbow Cake

The best birthday cake ever has to be
Rainbow Cake!

This idea is all over the internet.  Some are rainbow cakes are simple, like mine, or very, very fancy.
I made this cake for my daughter's third birthday!  
She loves rainbows and colors right now and skittles, so this was the perfect cake for her.

It looks complicated to make, but really it only takes a few seconds more to dye the cake batters the beautiful rainbow colors.

To make a Gluten Free Rainbow cake, it only takes 7 simple steps.

Step 1:

Get two of your favorite gluten free white cake mixes (or make from scratch if you are feeling really ambitious).  
I used the Gluten Free Dream Whip Cake recipe or just follow the directions on the box and divided the batter into 6 bowls. It's about 1 1/2- 3/4 cup of batter for each layer.

  I used food coloring drops.  You could also use the food coloring gels.  Either will work.
Here's the number of food coloring drops needed to get a rich nice color:
Red- 50 drops
Orange- 50 yellow drops, 8 red drops
Yellow- 50 drops
Green- 50 drops
Blue- 50 drops
Purple- 24 blue drops, 16 red drops

Step 2:
 I bought a package of 6 disposable aluminum pans and baked three layers at a time.
Pour colored batter into one pan.

After you have poured the batter into the pan, lift the pan a few inches off the counter and drop.  This will get all the air bubbles out.  Drop 2-3 times.

Step 3:
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Remember these cakes are thinner and will cook faster.  
Keep a close eye, you don't want them to burn.

Step 4:
Let your cakes cool.

Whenever I make a cake, I have found the easiest way to let them cool and create a flat surface on the top (without cutting) is to cover a wire cooling rack with paper towel and lay the cake upside down.  Gravity will make both sides flat.
Isn't science a great tool?

Make sure the cakes are cooled to room temperature before frosting.

  If cakes are made in advance, leave on the cooling rack and cover with plastic wrap.

Step 5:
After your layers cool, stack them in rainbow order, with your favorite filling in the middle.

I used the Gluten Free Raspberry Cream and it was so good.  And pink, which was awesome.

Step 6:
Using your favorite frosting, cover the entire cake.

I used the Gluten Free Buttercream frosting, my favorite. I tinted it blue to appear like the sky.

Step 7:
The best part, the finishing touches.

I put a skittle rainbow on the top, ripped large marshmallows in half for the clouds and put a '3' made out of skittles and a skittle border around the bottom.
These are all the Original flavor of skittles.
We served the extras at the party.

This is what you see when you cut into the cake:

I think there were more giggles from the adults.  
It really brings out the kid in everyone.
Serve with ice cream and enjoy!


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