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Rainbow Cake Recipe, Disaster Mode

Updated on November 8, 2014

Rainbow Cake, Disaster Mode

A Horrible Kitchen Accident

It all started when I wanted to make a Rainbow Cake, a delicious non-nutritious rainbow cake. First I do want to say that this recipe actually works just fine, regardless of my results. It's fun to make and to eat.

OK, so I wanted a pretty rainbow cake for a party, mostly because I love rainbows, not because I'm gay or 3 years old. I just love the pretty sparklies. Oh, yes, I do.

OK then.

Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Colors

Fairy Tales I Once Heard


I am not a glitz person; but If I could find a way to trail a cloud of purple and blue glitter, I would certainly do so. It's all about the color!

The plan was solid, the aim was true. However. Something very bad happened during the cake baking process.

Still, I ate that cake.

Do not try this at home!

Oh the horror!
Oh the horror!


As long as it's edible.

Country Supper


This cake is super sweet with the Seven Up. Next time I will use soda water.

Get the extra bright or neon food coloring.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 1 hour

Serves: 8


  • White cake mix
  • 12 oz. or 1.5 cups Seven Up or plain soda water
  • Food coloring


  1. For double layered cake, double recipe.
  2. No eggs, no oil. Ignore the directions on the cake package.
  3. Grease & flour either 2 cake pans or 1 9 by 13 inch baking pan.
  4. Preheat oven to325* degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Mix white cake mix with soda. It will fizz up to let you know it is working.
  6. Each single batch is divided into 3 small bowls. For 2 boxes, 6 bowls.
  7. Make different colors of batter. There are 4 colors in the food coloring to start with. Then combine colors to make new colors, red & yellow make orange, blue & red make purple.
  8. In prepared pan, dump all of one color. Dump another color directly on top. At the end dump your 3rd color. Do the same for second pan.
  9. Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 20 minutes at 325* Fahrenheit Cool before frosting.
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Eat a rainbow today!

No Foul Language

Destructocake Strikes Fear, Loathing, & Awe

I took it really well I thought, although the air rang purple with my final words, which may or may not have involved a curse on the cake's mother, and the horse it rode in on.

Where I Went Wrong

Destructocake Wins Battle

Most likely, my oven was a bit too hot. The cake did not want to leave the pan, so I had to patch it all together. All well and good. Then I poured butter-cream frosting on the cake cracks to fix it and smooth over the surface. At this point I still thought my cake was salvageable - it would just be kind of lumpy.

However, noooo, that was not to be. The frosting started imploding the cake! Then I gave it up and let the cake follow its own path.

Rainbow Candy

If you bake the way I do, you may want to go with store bought rainbow food.

And how pretty it is!

© 2011 Linda Hahn

Kitchen disaster anyone? - Suck it up and tell me. Please do!

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      5 years ago

      I think your Rainbow cake was beautiful! Loved it.

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      6 years ago

      Aww, Linda you know what else you could have done? Made Cake Balls. If you take a cake and crumble it up and add the frosting, you could have scooped the cake mixture out with a small ice cream scoop, place in a pan and put in the freeze to chill. While that is happening, melt some chocolate, place sticks in the cake balls, dip in chocolate and allow them to completely cool. I have actually done this with a cake that was not so hot. :-)

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      lezsaysit lm 

      6 years ago

      This is a fantastic lens filled with cute ideas!

    • Camden1 profile image


      6 years ago

      I've had more recipe failures than I can count. Let me tell you, when it says SOFTEN butter for cookies, it does not mean MELT.

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      6 years ago

      Accidents happen and for me mostly in the kitchen. Poor Ken, he has to eat them afterwards. Anyway, it is always good for some laughter. :)

    • Frischy profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This gave me quite a chuckle! I needed that today. Of course, any day is a good day for laughter. Thank you for sharing yours with us! You are a good sport with a great sense of humor!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I am a professional in the kitchen for getting something that I was supposed to put into a recipe. I have made cinnamon buns without sugar, without raisins, and without believe it or not - the cinnamon. It is a good thing my husband will eat just about anything. I think your rainbow cake still looks pretty.

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      6 years ago

      It looks great! Squidlike

    • GeekGirl1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Rainbow cake sounds delicious. We all encounter kitchen disasters from time to time but we all learn from that.

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I think we've all had those kitchen disasters. Mine are currently higher than normal with kids who want to cook.

    • Scarlettohairy profile image

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Some cakes do have a mind of their own.

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      6 years ago

      lol! I love the humor you injected into this lens.

    • kpp2385 profile image


      6 years ago

      looks yummy and very nicely explained how to get it ready. Nice lens

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      bames24 lm 

      7 years ago

      I have always wanted a rainbow cake.... :)

    • pheonix76 profile image


      7 years ago from WNY

      This is amazing! My sister is an artist and I know she would love a rainbow cake for her birthday. I am going to try and bake her one this year! (: Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe. As for my kitchen disaster, well, I once forgot about a batch of cookies I had in the oven and they were black by the time I remembered, lol.

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      7 years ago

      I tried to make a blue cake once by using a red velvet cake recipe and substituting blue food color for the red food color. It looked awful.

    • elyria profile image


      7 years ago

      Can't wait to try it out!

    • Chris-H LM profile image

      Chris-H LM 

      7 years ago

      Dogs live to clean up kitchen disasters. Can't you just see them?

      "Puhleeeeeeze let me make that cake disappear master! I am up to the task"

      :p Having said that though, I don't see the disaster! Did you have fun?

    • CruiseReady profile image


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      I have a LOT of kitchen disasters. But I do other things well, so them's the breaks!

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      7 years ago

      I think the cake turned out cool!

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      7 years ago

      Cool idea!

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      Morticella LM 

      7 years ago

      This lens is listed in squidojo please report any problem and a very good recipe. Ciao

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      papar lm 

      7 years ago

      nice cake :)

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      7 years ago

      Very colorful lens. Ready to be served with your cake. :) Have a colorful day!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      I tried to make a layer cake...once.....

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      7 years ago

      What a fun interpretation of a rainbow!

    • MyCrazyAdventures profile image


      7 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      minor explosions, lots of burned food. I am a forgetful cook and will walk away from the kitchen and forget I am cooking. LOL I make use of a timer to reel that problem in but I have tendency to ignore even that sometimes.

      I did add some yogurt to a cake mix one time (not sure what I was thinking) and ended up with a really "soft" birthday cake. Everyone was very polite about it and it was edible...

      This lens is Blessed by a Squid Angel.

    • linhah lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Hahn 

      7 years ago from California

      I live in California & I can always use new friends. You'll be happy to know that every bite was eaten, using a bowl & spoon of course.

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      Well, I think it's pretty! I'll bet it tasted pretty good. Rolled to my dessert shooter and chocolate dessert recipe lenses. I know we'd be great friends if you lived in Md. You don't, do you?

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      7 years ago

      This is what signature recipes are all about! - it got my thumbs up and you got your 100%!!

      well done!

    • MoonlakeDesigns profile image


      7 years ago

      I bet it tasted yummy, I have made one but we called it a marble cake where you swirl colour through it, great fascination when you see it so colourfull, love that and I am going to try it :) I want a tasty kitchen colour disaster too. Recipricated the lens roll goes well with cupcakes

    • Laniann profile image


      7 years ago

      Yes, if you want a rainbow cake you should have one. I was surprised that the cake layers were such bright rainbow colors - attractive. Thanks for the tips :)

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      7 years ago

      I'm not a gay, too.. but I love all kind of nature .. Yes, includes rainbow, too :) Your rainbow cake seem to be so fantastic for enjoying to take a try. I'm not work well at any kind of cooking.. I think if I'm so lucky to have more time and a great chance to try one.. It may be waterfall cake in your eyes.. Maybe :D Lol 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful time.. dearest lady Linda ;)

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      sukkran trichy 

      7 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      interesting page.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      No, I don't think I will be trying to make a Rainbow Cake but loved reading about your kitchen disaster. Lensrolling to my Roy G Biv lens because I like rainbows, too

    • ZenandChic profile image


      7 years ago

      Sounds interesting.

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Hadn't had my first cup of coffee even when I started reading this. Still half asleep, it all wasn't computing. It woke me up though! This lense is so funny. Thanks for posting; and visiting my lense too.

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      It has to go on My Visitors lens. LOL

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      sorana lm 

      7 years ago

      Lol ... this looks so funny. I bet it was delicious though. I love it.

    • puerdycat lm profile image

      puerdycat lm 

      7 years ago

      How is it, the words "horrible kitchen accident" pre-dispose me to laughter! Thanks for the fun and all those rainbow cakes. I'm looking for Martha Stewart up to her elbows in rainbows!

    • linhah lm profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Hahn 

      7 years ago from California

      @anonymous: It was delish - when eaten in a bowl with a spoon!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      This is what makes the world go round. Looks like an artful cake. Interesting!

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      7 years ago

      Well in my experiences, sometimes what was accidental recipes become so all-time Favorites!! Never be afraid to try something different or experimental, you never know what the end result will be! :)

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Did the rainbow cake turn out delicious or was it a disaster? Loved your story of rainbow cake, it happens to all of us, all the time, when trying something new.


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