Who needs gold at the end of a Rainbow?

It all started with an


A Lemon

and A Lime

Zest, Zest, Zest

Love LOVE this little Zesting tool

I acquired mine at Haggen Top Food and Drugs

After zesting these babys

I squeezed the life right out of them

alright maybe not …

I have carpel tunnel or something like that

so my squeeze is not what it used to be

stupid carpel tunnel??!!

“moving on” …

One orange, one lemon and one lime

Then I pulled out the berries

and I “smooshed” them

Blueberries, Blackberries and Raspberries

1/2 cup each

and then I forced them through a sifter

to remove all the seeds

Sammy can’t eat seeds

evil evil evil seeds

An Hour later

give or take a few minutes

I had a Rainbow of magic potions

What on earth did I do all that for?

The Best  Birthday Cake Ever

according to Sammy!  =)

Have you guessed yet?

I made the Rainbow Cake

The one that is ALL OVER BLOG LAND!!  =)

Batter up folks…

this part was easy!!

2 white cake mixes

mix with all the eggs, vanilla and oil

but only 1 cup of  the water

instead of  the 2 1/2 cups it calls for

can you say fruit puree?!!  =)

I told ya

Magic Potions!!!

moving on…

Put 1 cup of batter in 6 bowls

Add 1/4 cup fruit puree for each color ~ one bowl at a time

of course don’t forget to use the gel food coloring for each layer

if the craft store actually has it in stock

I am NOT bitter that I had to use liquid color I am NOT

really!  =)

red = Rasberry

purple = blackberry

blue = blueberry

yellow = lemon

green = lime

orange = hello?!  =)

I pureed the zest on the citrus fruits after zesting and  squeezing…

Place one color of batter in 8 inch rounds ~ greased & floured!

and Bake @ 350 for about 20 minutes

When you touch them

they will spring back like rainbow sponges

while they cool

Make your icing

I have seen this cake with cream cheese icing, lemon meringue butter cream, regular butter cream or in my case… orange flavored butter cream frosting!!  =)

I will seek permission to share my friend Susan’s butter cream recipe!!  =)

Thanks Sooz!!  =)

After whipping up all that white frosting…

and I started layering the colored cakes one at a time

I felt like I was on an episode of a Strawberry Shortcake Cartoon

with frosting clouds and rainbow colored trampolines!!

( my head really does go there… to those imagination places!!)

For the record I have never layered a cake beyond 2 layers!!  =)

I refrigerated the cakes overnight b/c I made them so late the night before..

which ended up in my favor I think!!

I used my boring run of the mill cheap cheese knife


how cheesy is that?

but it worked GREAT!  no crumbs ended up in the frosting!!

and I even cut one layer …

the yellow cake layer was out of control!!  =)

After the 6 layers are frosted

and you place M&M’s around the borders…

before you know it


your done!

and You have One HAPPY Birthday Boy!!!

He was SO excited to surprise his friends!!

and you will be proud of yourself for not screwing up

a 6 layer cake just hours before the madness begins!!  =)

Here is a sneak peek at all the fun we had planned for games..

The Nerf party and THE cake was a smashing success!!

a bit too sweet and fruity for this chick…but….

Most of the kids loved it…

and a few of the neighbors loved it…

I think it tasted like Really Super Dooper Sweet Fruit Loops!!  =)

Credits:    =)

The most recent blog post that reminded me to make this fabulous cake

was my friend Jen at 3 Little Monkeys

I am so glad you made this recently Jen!!

Thank you for the reminder!!!  =)

My curiosity was brewing…

I had seen the Rainbow Cake a few times before in blog land

so I went a googling to see if I could figure out where it came from…

who thinks of cool stuff like this??  =)

I found this young gal on The Martha Stewart Show

making the Rainbow Cake ….on TV…

from ScRATCH I might add!!

So… I surfed around to find her blog… Whisk Kid

Anywho…. I am GUESSING

Since Martha invited the Whisk Kid to make the Rainbow Cake on her show

that maybe… just maybe

Kaitlin the Whisk Kid is where this fun recipe originated from??  Kaitlin??  =)

Kaitlin did not use the fruit flavors on the Martha Stewart Show

nor did she use a cake mix out of a box

But Kaitlin you have inspired many many amateur bakers to bake bold!!  =)


The last 2 weeks have been insanely busy!!

End of year sports, school projects, girl scouts, field trips, a limping dog, a birthday boy and a birthday dog … ha ha… no …no dog party!… Fathers day and  vacation planning… whew… how do we do this job and not fall off our rockers??!!

I couldn’t be more thrilled that in 2 hours Summer officially starts for us!! =)

I had high hopes that I would do a fun Summer Giveaway today…

(being the first “official” day of summer and all)

but my insane life recently just couldn’t fit that in!!

SO…My upcoming post list includes a Fun Summer Giveaway!!

SO… Y’all come back now ya hear!!

Woot Woot ~ Summer time ~ Summer Time !!


Hello Beach ~ I love you ~ Jenn !!   =)

27 Responses | Add your Own

  • 1 Janna yazmış:

    Wow! That’s an amazing looking cake.

  • 2 LeAnna yazmış:

    You are right, I’ve seen those cakes all over bloggy land! Yours looks amazing, and I bet it was a great hit with the kids. Be sure to share the icing recipe asap. 😉 I need an iced cake like my thighs need another layer of fat. Ahem.
    I know what I’ll be bookmarking to make for Little Man’s 2nd birthday!

  • 3 Jenn yazmış:

    I am so impressed. That looks like it was a lot of work! It looks gorgeous!!

  • 4 Jules yazmış:

    That is so cool! I think I will make this for our next birthday party.

  • 5 Cindy yazmış:

    Love this cake…I have GOT to try it!
    i think the M&M’s around the edges was a perfect touch.
    Enjoy the day

  • 6 Julianne yazmış:

    wow…you have lots of patience!! that looks like WAY too much work for me!! but, it is BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love it 🙂 That smile on his face says it all!!

  • 7 Kathleen Smith yazmış:

    This really looks not only fun but delicious too!

    Can’t wait to try this for my 12 year old next year.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • 8 naomig yazmış:

    Somehow I’ve missed that cake all over blog land. Beautiful! I get all sweaty thinking about doing a double layer cake–geez. Can’t imagine a bajillion layer cake. 🙂

  • 9 Lori@ Teacher Turned Mommy yazmış:

    love it. I altered mine to make it easier to make, but it still was lots of fun

  • 10 Lisa Shaw yazmış:

    Hi there!

    Thanks for your visit to my blog and for your very warm comment. Dina is a sweet sister in Christ and I love her! Glad you found me through her blog and that now I can pop in and visit with you too.

    Love that cake!!! Oh my goodness!!! Your son looks like a happy camper for sure! Happy Birthday to the birthday boy!!

    I pray blessings over you and your family and look forward to visiting with you again!

    Hugs and blessings!
    Lisa Shaw

  • 11 Darcie yazmış:

    If that is not the coolest cake EVER…I don’t know what is! You are one cool momma and your son…one lucky 8 year old!

  • 12 He & Me + 3 yazmış:

    Wow girly…that cake does look awesome and amazing. Good for you making using natural food coloring:) AWesome! I am insanely jealous.

  • 13 Julie yazmış:

    O.K…Strawberry Shortcake…when Jenn made this cake I thought she was crazy!! Now I think you are crazy!! But I must admit…it is beautiful!! I just know that it would be a huge flop if I tried it. When I even consider baking my ingredients plot against me! Seriously…they do!!

  • 14 Genn yazmış:

    Oh that looks so good! I’ve seen Meg from Whatever make that before. It looks good, but like so much work!! Can I just have some of yours?

  • 15 dysfunctional mom yazmış:

    That is one awesome cake! I love it!

  • 16 abby yazmış:

    I missed you! Glad you’re back to the blog world! I’m so impressed with that cake. I saw it on Mckmama’s blog and thought it looked way too difficult to ever try! 🙂

  • 17 Brooke yazmış:

    Seriously LOVE the rainbow cake! Maybe I’ll have to make on for my b-day coming up 🙂

  • 18 Laura yazmış:

    Hello Mom of the year!! Look at you, seriously!
    All the other ones I saw used way too much food coloring, but you squished and sqeezed and zested. You rock!! Someday I will try this…someday. 🙂

  • 19 kay yazmış:

    what a darling cake. i have not seen in blogland. my head must be in the sand. i’m gonna have to try this. thanks for the recipe!

  • 20 Jen Gacek yazmış:

    Mmm…makes me want to bake it again! Oh wait, I still have 1/2 of one in the freezer! YAY.

    I’m so glad the kids loved it.

    I’m not sure who the original rainbow cake maker is…they must be a cake god though!

  • 21 Sooz yazmış:

    Hi Jenn! It turned out gorgeous. I think you are an amazing mom.

  • 22 Sooz yazmış:

    Did you use my buttercream recipe for the frosting? it looks great!

  • 23 Bringing Pretty Back yazmış:

    You are a GREAT Mom making that cake! It looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing! I am ashamed to say, I have never seen it in blogland!
    Have a pretty night,

  • 24 Lori yazmış:

    WOW!!!! That cake looks amazing and it looks sooooooooooooo good!! I am glad everyone liked it. Oh I wish I were there. ((BIG HUGS))!!!

  • 25 kim yazmış:

    how cool is that?!? It looks like a ton of work! I bet everyone was majorly impressed.

  • 26 Katie yazmış:

    How fun is that cake??? What a wonderful idea! I loved it when my mom used to make all my birthday cakes growing up. It leaves me with such wonderful memories today!

  • 27 Pennie yazmış:

    Okay, I’m inspired…I have GOT to try it!