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Rainbow Cake Recipe, Disaster Mode

Updated on February 17, 2022
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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.

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!

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

Get the extra bright or neon food coloring.

Fairy Tales I Once Heard



As long as it's edible.

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 to 325* 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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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.

Eat a rainbow today!

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.

Store-bought Rainbow Food

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


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