Cakespy: Rainbow Layer Cake


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Rainbow Layer Cake

Jessie Oleson (aka Cakespy) drops by every week to share a delicious dessert recipe. —The Mgmt.


[Photograph: Clare Barboza. Original illustrations: Cakespy]

Want a cake that will turn any frown upside down? Well, you've got it—with magic to spare—in this Rainbow Layer Cake.

A six-layer cake in all the colors of the rainbow, this one is dramatic to cut into and always seems to elicit an "oooooooh" response. It is impossible to be unhappy while eating this cake. Special thanks go to Karen of the blog, off the (meat)hook, whose pictures of a similar cake inspired me to create this recipe.


Note: This cake is not difficult to make, but it is time consuming and requires two batches of cake batter, so I'm not going to be bossy about what recipe you choose to use; instead, I am focusing on the process of how to assemble this lovely layered treat. You can use your favorite vanilla or yellow cake recipe (9x9-inch pan yield) or even two batches of cake made from a mix. I won't judge you, I promise.

Additionally, since the cake demands a fairly large amount of frosting, depending on your mixer's capacity, you can make it in one big batch (as specified in the recipe) or halve the recipe and make in two batches.

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About the author: Jessie Oleson is a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, gallery owner, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website. Her first book comes out this fall.

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