Thursday 30 July 2015

Layla's Cinderella Inspired Rainbow Cake

So my little monkey turned three a couple of days ago and her request for the day was everything to do with Cinderella. Trouble for me is that I am no professional cake maker so I wasn't sure how to translate this theme onto a birthday cake. Lucky for me I found some lovely personalised cake toppers on eBay so all that was left to do was actually make the cake. I set myself the hard task of making a rainbow cake.

rainbow cake

This wasn't going to be just any rainbow cake though, oh no, the girls and I decided that we'd like to have a rainbow surprise inside too consisting of lots and lots of Skittles and M&Ms mmmm.

Making the sponges was the easiest part. I used a simple victoria sponge recipe :

* 200g caster sugar
* 200g butter
* 200g self raising flour
* 4 eggs
* 1tsp baking powder
* 2 tbsp milk

I multiplied the quantites by three and then divided the mixture into 6 bowls ready to create all the colours of the rainbow.

Then it was time to add the colouring to each of the bowls. I really wanted bright colours but I couldn't be sure how they would turn out when baked.

All cakes were baked for around 20 minutes however 4 of the 6 cakes were baked in a savarin cake tin to create the hole we needed in the middle.

After leaving all of the cakes to cool I then had to stick each layer of cake together, to do this I used a simple butter icing.

* 100g butter
* 140g icing
* tsp vanilla essence

Then of course the sweets needed to be added.

The next step was where I wasn't sure what to do, I became uncertain on just how to decorate the outside of the cake. I knew rolled out icing would work however whenever I've attempted in the past the icing seems to just fall apart. In the end I opted to cover the cake in candy melts and pink icing. Adding a crumb catching layer of butter cream first.

cinderella cake

Ok I know it isn't the neatest, I know I'm no professional but at least it stayed standing upright.

And everyone was pleasantly surprised when we cut into the cake.

rainbow cake

rainbow cake

rainbow cake



  1. Oh this is beautiful and with very nice surprise in the middle! looks like easy to make too.... #foodpornthursdays

  2. That cake looks great if not massive!! I'd take a slice of that! #foodpornthursdays

  3. I made a rainbow cake for my son's 2nd birthday and I thought mine was big but yours is even bigger! Good job :)

  4. That looks fantastic, I really have to give this a go. The kids would love it ! #foodpornthursdays

  5. I have always wondered how to make a rainbow cake and now I know! This looks fabulous! I hope she had a lovely Birthday xx #foodpornthursdays

  6. This looks fantastic, I've always wondered how people got the sweets into the middle and now I know! It looks fab xx

  7. I am so impressed with you right now! What an amazing idea & you pulled it off sooo well. I bet your daughter was delighted to find the treats inside the cake! Thanks so much for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

  8. That rainbow cake looks amazing - I love the donut layers and the secret middle - I bet she loved it! Thanks for linking up x

  9. This looks amazing such a great cake i bet she loved it. I have never actually made my children a cake before xx

  10. What an amazing cake. Love this x


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