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Edible Art: How To Make Rainbow Cake!

Updated on September 13, 2011

Pour Painting is a technique used to create beautiful pieces of art. You simply take a can and pour it over a surface, adding layers and layers and layers of paint until you have a layered work of solid paint and beauty. Funny thing about this technique can be used to bake beautiful cakes!

In this How To, I will demonstrate what you need and how to make a Pour Painted inspired cake, called Rainbow Cake, using the same technique you would use to make a Pour Painting piece of art!

Finished Cake at My Girlfriend's Mother's house!
Finished Cake at My Girlfriend's Mother's house! | Source
Bowls ready to go!
Bowls ready to go! | Source

Things you will need to make this layered beauty:

  1. 1-2 boxes white cake mix
  2. Gel Food Coloring (several colors!)
  3. Six small bowls for each color
  4. Stirring utensil for each bowl
  5. 2 Cake Pans
  6. 12-24oz Light, Clear soda, such as 7-up or Sprite

Before we begin, note that 1 box and 12oz of soda will be enough, however for a bigger cake, use the doubled recipe.

To begin, pour the box of cake mix into a large mixing bowl, and pour the soda into the mix. Once stirred and is creamy and smooth like regular cake mix should be, pour an amount into each of the small bowls you have for each color to evenly fill each bowl.

Now comes the fun part! We used two cake pans for this recipe and made two cakes then put them on top of each other. You can either do one pan and do it all at once or do like we did and use two. Either way, MAKE SURE YOU GREASE THE PAN WITH EITHER SHORTENING OR SOME FORM OF COOKING SPRAY! If you do not, your cake will stick and crumble and the layers and colors will fall apart, ruining the whole purpose of this cake.

Now choose the first color bowl of cake mix you want to use as your base. Perhaps red if you're doing traditional rainbow, or whatever color you wish it to be, and simply drop it into the center of the cake pan! Don't circle it like you would make pancakes, just drop it! Then take your second color and drop it right on top of the previous color. Literally, right on top, in the center, that's it. No need to circle it, just drop it. Repeat this process until your pan or pans look like the following picture.

These are ready for the oven!
These are ready for the oven! | Source

Follow the baking directions on the box of the cake mix you used, and when it's done, take it out and it should look like this!

Right out of the oven!
Right out of the oven! | Source
Finished Cake!
Finished Cake! | Source

Next step, cover it in your choice of frosting!

And Voila! You're Rainbow Cake is finished! Simply cut and serve!

And if you haven't noticed by now, there were several traces of cupcakes throughout the article. This technique can also be used to make cupcakes! Simply downsize the amount of mix, or use what's leftover like we did, and drop it into the muffin tin! If done right, you should be rewarded with cupcakes like the ones below!

Rainbow Cupcakes!
Rainbow Cupcakes! | Source

I hope this recipe works for you and it turns out to be a fun and delicious experience! Good luck and happy baking!



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      AlmostLola 6 years ago

      can't wait to try this! thanks for sharing!

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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Thanks so much for sharing this!! Will be tweeting and trying this out on my kids!! They will love it.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Looks interesting--sounds like a lot of fun making it too. Congrats on hub of the day.

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      Londontours 6 years ago from London

      Congratulations on being hub of the day!

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      Anamika S 6 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! These are amazing! Never tried this so far... but guess I am going to experiment... Thanks for the Hub!

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      revortay1 6 years ago from PA

      That looks yummie!!!

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      LindaSmith1 6 years ago from USA

      They could work for anything for something different. Red, White and blue for welcome home to soldiers, 4th of july. Even baby showers.

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      Karen N 6 years ago from United States

      Rainbow cakes also work great for kids birthday parties!

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      Nathan 6 years ago

      This looks soooooo delicious!!! I wish i could take a big bite out of it....Im most definitely going to make this!!!! Thanks for the share!

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      As a sugar addict and rainbow lover, you've hit two of my happy buttons!! Cakes made with soda always taste fantastic! I'm definitely going to have to try this one for the holidays ;) Kudos on being chosen Hub of the Day...delicious win!!

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      rebeccamealey 6 years ago

      This is a new one on me, very interesting. Great directions and pictures!

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      katherinethorell 6 years ago

      oOoOo I love it!

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      Taylor Lueck 6 years ago from Dayton


      As for the question about the eggs and why soda, theres something about the soda that acts as the egg replacement agent. It makes the cake very very very light and BE CAREFUL BECAUSE IT COULD BE CRUMBLY OR FALL APART EASY IF YOU AREN'T CAREFUL! But if you do it right, it will stay perfect! we just made the cupcakes a few days ago for my girlfriends sister's school project using this and it was fine!

      cheers and THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE!

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      Barbara Bethard 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      oh boy rainbows :) I am so in! I pinned this to my new toy...Pinterest :) and Congratulations on the Hub of the day thats so awesome!

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      Keeley Shea 6 years ago from Norwich, CT

      Congratulations on hub of the day! Very cool rainbow cake and cupcakes. My boys are going to love making these! Great hub!

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      LindaSmith1 6 years ago from USA

      Definately going to use share link to my blog site.

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      Textured Ideas 6 years ago

      Congratulations on being hub of the day! Mmm so that's what rainbow tastes like? I LOVE cake and pretty colours. I will try this idea for Halloween! =)

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      september girl 6 years ago

      Beautiful cake! : ) I will certainly have to bookmark this page. Thanks for sharing it! Yummy!!

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      rabecker 6 years ago

      I'll try this ASAP. Looks fun, interesting and easy to do.

      Thank you.

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      Elaina Grinias 6 years ago

      yummm! great job. i want to try this!

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      RASO 6 years ago from Slovenia

      Awesome hub. What a cake ! No doubt that this was rated hub of the day.


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      Zoe Amadeus 6 years ago

      Amazing! The colors look so good!

      I do have a question in my mind: Why'd you use soda instead of the egg, water and oil??

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      Moon Willow Lake 6 years ago

      I am not one for doing things in the kitchen, but I am very drawn to multi-colored items and this is something that even I think I want to try someday! Lots of laughs and smiles! Thanks for sharing!

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      dabneylewis 6 years ago from Boston

      Hurrreeyyyy Congrats for hub of the day...

      It looks so yumm. Awesome

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      Liz Elias 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What fun! I'll have to pass this on to my daughter, who's the baker in the family, and has young girls.

      Congratulations on getting Hub of the Day! Voted up and interesting!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      This is such a fun idea! You could customize it with any colors that you like. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day!

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      Carrie Smith 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This cake looks delicious and simple to make. I love the pictures, and the recipe is easy to understand. I can't wait to try this out! Congrats on being the Hub of the Day!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Very, very cool cake. I know kids love to eat it, but I bet they would love to make it too. How fun!

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      Eaglekiwi 6 years ago from -Oceania

      Did someone say cake!!

      Love the way you set out your hub with easy to follow instructions and great pics to highlight your text.

      Well done.

      You have inspired me to get creative-thank-you.

      Thumbs up chef!

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      marimccants 6 years ago

      WOW! Yummy cake! I'll try make some of it this Christmas!Thanks for sharing the recipe. Great hub!

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      stylezink 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA.

      What a good a good idea. I think I'll try this. The possibilities are endless with the colors you could add and mix together. Thanks for sharing! Voted up!

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      Bail Up ! 6 years ago

      Soda huh? looks fun and easy to make - and oh yes, delicious looking as well.

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      Do you have to put eggs and everything in it still or do you just but the soda in it? I'm a bit confused about that. Otherwise this looks absolutely yummy. I love how colorful it is and probably will end up doing this.

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      cmontijo 6 years ago from Somewhere in the World

      @andrew hahaha :P

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      andrewwilliams63 6 years ago

      Wow, that does look very cool, not sure i could bring myself to eat it though...all those colours look very wrong to me!!

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      cmontijo 6 years ago from Somewhere in the World

      Would be fun to try it out :)

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      Hear Me 6 years ago from Somewhere in Florida

      This looks good and fun to do with my son! I am going to bookmark this one.

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this looks so delicious! This would be awesome for a birthday cake for a kids' party. Lovely hub...congrats on being hub of the day.

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      I am soooo into this idea. Wow! :)

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      Melanie Shebel 6 years ago from New Buffalo, Michigan

      That looks really yummy and actually a lot of fun. I would like to try something like that with a red velvet cake flavor to it. Thank you for the REALLY good idea. Great hub, no wonder it's the hub of the day!

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      This looks like a colorful cake that would be an exciting center piece for a children's party.

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      Ployie 6 years ago from Bangkok,Thailand

      This look so yummy!! :D thanks for sharing i vote it up :)

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I wonder if you could do red velvet cake in the rainbow method???? Taylor you have my mind working and its midnight here...

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      I really liked how the cupcakes looked. Congratulations on hub of the day!

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      taylor! What a beautiful hub and a beautiful cake. totally awesome!!!! congratulations on hub of the day too.

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      Taylor Lueck 6 years ago from Dayton

      Well now you should go try it out! Thanks so much!!!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I've wanted to make a rainbow cake for ages. This Hub ROCKS!!!

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      Taylor Lueck 6 years ago from Dayton

      Thank you! and yeah my lady's younger siblings thought it was unbelievable, these cakes are a hit with kids. thanks for reading!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      Looks good I use to always put different colors in my cakes when the kids were little. Yours are really nice.

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      Taylor Lueck 6 years ago from Dayton

      aww well at least you tried! and there's always next time! thanks for reading!

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      Taylor Lueck 6 years ago from Dayton

      you should its really fun and its better if you have people there with you to help and join in on the fun! thanks for reading!

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      deborahdeb 6 years ago

      wow - looks great! I tried to bake a rainbow cake once for my daughter's Tie Dye Birthday and it looked like #&*$. yours looked very good.

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      staceyblount1992 6 years ago from England

      I've always wanted to make a rainbow cake, but i'd make cupcakes instead, I will do this one day!