Rainbow Cake

Rainbow Cake
Cake
Outside decoration with edible markers

A baby shower in Spring – Colors around the house so vibrant and inspiring – A rainbow cake it is, i decided having not so long ago seen this one! I also tried the cake recipe from the same blog!  Here was my chance to experiment with natural colors – You may recall my Rainbow Cheesecake, which I made with food coloring a milestone post of mine – This time I decided I would make it a lot healthier – as cakes go – and used a bunch of different coloring agents for this purpose – Also with my cheesecake, we poured the colors one after another from the middle and had them spread to the sides – whereas these are individual cakes that make up the rainbow.

Here are my coloring agents
Freshly Juiced blackberries 2-3 tbsp
Freshly juiced Strawberries 2-3 tbsp
Freshly juiced blueberries 3-4 tbsp
Freshly juiced carrot  – 3-4 tbsp
Freshly juiced Spinach -3-4 tbsp
Saffron for Yellow – 6-8 threads
Rose Syrup (from Indian Store) for bright Rose
NOTE: All the colors get twice enhanced when they are baked – so don NOT be disheartened if the colors appear pale as you mix them in – I was a bit concerned but got with it soon enough :)

I would follow the white cake recipe from Joys of Baking or another renowned site – the cake that went with this recipe tasted awesome, but they initially dried up a bit and I fixed it by using sugar and evaporated milk – The end result was incredibly soft and completely flavorful cake – The Vanilla extract completely camouflages any smells of the spinach.
It was so much fun making the buttercream – I was blown away by how much was required and how labor-intensive a cake such as this one can be – But we do not make rainbow cakes everyday  and even one color at any given time will suffice –

Our cake expert, Anita Gupta gave me the recipe for the buttercream
Here it is  –

5 large Egg whites beaten to stiff but not dry peaks1 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar1/3 cup waterpinch of Cream of tartar 3 sticks (12 oz.) salted butter cut into small pieces, semi cold2 teaspoons Vanilla1/2 capful orange extract

Instructions

Cook sugar, cream of tartar and water in a small saucepan over medium high heat, stir until sugar dissolves and syrup begins to boil. Cook to 240 degrees. Remove butter from fridge while syrup is cooking, set asideCut your butter into small pieces and leave in fridge while cooking syrup. Beat the egg whites in KitchenAid bowl with wire whisk attachment. Stiff, but not dry peaks.Turn mixer speed to medium low and pour the cooked sugar syrup at a steady stream, not too slow but not all at once either. Pour between the beater and the side of bowl to prevent splashing. Turn mixer to high speed and beat until the outside of bowl feels cool to the palms of your hands. Change to the paddle mixer attachment, turn speed to medium low and add butter a few pieces at a time till it is all used and begins to combine, turn mixer speed to high and beat until the outside of the bowl feels cold to the palms of your hands and mixture has begun to come together, looks fluffy and shiny. Add the flavorings and beat till well combined.If mixture looks curdled or separated it may be because the syrup wasn’t cooked to 240 degrees, you pour the cooked syrup in too quickly, or you added the butter too quickly and it may have been too warm. It needs to have a slight chill to it. You can still salvage the icing, continue to beat on high speed until it comes together and is fluffy. If you end up with a soupy mixture at the bottom put the mixer bowl and paddle attachment in the fridge for about 10 minutes. Beat again on low speed until it begins to come together, than turn speed to high and beat until fluffy and shiny.

Now for the pictorial
Rainbow cake collage
Follow recipe to make cake batter  – add the color to it
Cakes
Fresh from the oven

 

cakes dyes
The flavors
Cake
The stack before and after torting (looked like a leaning power of Pisa before being sliced down the middle yielding 2 mega cakes :)
Rainbow cake
Torting is slicing the cake down the middle – can be done with dental floss

Torting the cake with a dental floss -this is a superlative and stress free idea – You must try it!

Cake
The buttercream
With a wedge cut off – first glance at the result
Thankfully a piece got photographed!! :)

To top this we were blessed with a real rainbow (I call it Shrey’s rainbow since she spotted it and was SO excited to be the one to )

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Ended up being a double rainbow -to match the 2 cakes – what are the odds 😉
rainbow
The second rainbow is clearer in this one!

This was a wonderful experience and I got to do it with a friend which made it all the more doable :) These are projects to do with a friend or family member – the experience becomes that much funner!
Adios Amigos until my next post!

Skills

Posted on

April 16, 2012

53 Comments

  1. great job dear….cake look awesome

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  2. Lovely colourful cake..

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  3. How lovely this cake! This is ever so inventive. Well done you!!

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  4. wowwww ur simplyyy amazinggggggg this cake looksss so yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  5. OMG..you had the patience and the skill to bake this wonderful cake…I love all your recipes but this effort calls for a hug…sending lots of love your way !!

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  6. Lovely cake!

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  7. wow what an awesome job priya, love your masterpiece cake :)) kudos to ur effort!!

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  8. Excellent job, Priya!!!!!!!
    Sure must have required a LOT of patience from the start to the finish!
    What's most amazing about this is how you used natural colors. Though I see you made your rainbow cake extra special with 8 colors 😉 hehe! 😉

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  9. Great cake.

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  10. Finally it's up here. I was eagerly waiting for the recipe from the day I saw it on FB.. Thanks for sharing.. Brilliant colors!!

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  11. Wow! That is a lot of work. The cake looks very colorful and delicious.Very good job. Will book mark and try it for a birthday. Thank you for the post, very interesting.

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  12. wat a gorgeous treat..the flavors are just wonderful..cant wait to giv a try priya..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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  13. wow… rainbow cake looks fantastic… must have involved lots of patience… It indeed shows!

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  14. Feel like flying across just to taste it – don't think can make the enormous effort of baking one. can u suggest something simpler that can be baked in a microwave (with no convection option)?

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  15. The cake looks beautiful, the colors have come out well and you have used natural colors, superb..

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  16. lovely lovely idea of adding puree to make a rainbow cake – wish the picture of the sliced cake was bigger would have bitten right into it :)

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  17. wow! That is one awesome cake!!! and the natural colors are so pretty!

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  18. Looks yum.. and with natural food colours, wow !!! Thanks for sharing :)

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  19. wow, excellent job dear…appreciate ur efforts in making this fabulous cake, loved the natural colouring agents, wonderful idea :)

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  20. Looks tempting. Patiently done. Nice post.

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  21. Excellent job this needs so much of prepration.. hats off .. gorgeous n yummy

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  22. fntastic idea o baking rainbow cake .looks beautiful

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  23. fntastic idea o baking rainbow cake .looks beautiful

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  24. fntastic idea o baking rainbow cake .looks beautiful

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  25. fntastic idea o baking rainbow cake .looks beautiful

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  26. The Cake has come out perfect .. very colourful.

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  27. Looks very colorful just like the rainbow Priya.. and it's very exciting to get the rainbow on the same day. Looks like even the sky showered the best for your yummy cake :-)

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  28. Wow…awesome priya…great work…..loved that u did nt use the colors for it….bookmarked will give it a try …

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  29. Great job Priya, needless to say its a beautiful cake..

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  30. Cake looks so gorgeous and loved the natural colors from fruits and veggie.Such a colorful cake,drooling over the pictures…

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  31. lovely!.can imagine the taste…….must be really really good.wonderful work.
    maha

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  32. Wonderful cake..The best colorful cake since it has natural dyes…

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  33. chanceillai….really awesome and tempting colorful rainbow cake…u r really great…

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  34. Wow .. cake looks amazing Priya. Love the layers.

    Vardhini
    CooksJoy

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  35. Wow. That's a fantastic presentation of a marvelous & colorful cake. Many years ago (1950's) there used to be an ice cream parlor in Bombay called "VIBGYOR" in Colaba which used to serve many types of delicious ice creams – but their best seller was the rainbow ice cream (VIBGYOR = violet,indigo,blue,green,yellow,orange,red)

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  36. I like how u used natural colors.lovely cake and what a bonus to see a real rainbow?

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  37. Wow dear natural colors and a rainbow cake. Perfectly done…

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  38. beautiful cake and i like how you put a real rainbow picture

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  39. Love the rainbow cake,its awesome:)
    blog.spicenflavors.com

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  40. I love the colours!

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