Rainbow Cake Tutorial

Apologies for the absence, but I’ve been feeling so exhausted since Lily’s party and have been turning my hand to savoury dishes. Speaking of which…. I hope you don’t mind that I am going to be making a few dinner dishes and posting them on the blog (doesn’t quite fit in with the Bronnie Bakes concept, but I hope you’ll forgive me!)

This is the rainbow cake that I made for a friend’s daughter’s 2nd birthday..

I know I said earlier that I was really unhappy with this cake – you can see all the bumps and the fondant kept tearing (must have been a bad batch), so I ended up making extra clouds etc to cover them up!

I made an 8″ cake for the bottom tier and for the top tier, I made this white choc recipe, split the batter into 6 bowls and coloured them using my americolor food dyes.

I then made a batch of Italian Meringue Buttercream, and layered the cake.

After ganaching and covering with fondant, I set that cake aside and went to work on the rainbow ruffles for the bottom tier.

(I didn’t put much effort into smoothing out the fondant on this tier because it’s going to be covered in ruffles).

Separate your fondant and colour each rainbow colour..

Using a frill cutter, cut strips of frills and then start to frill using your toothpick and fingers to roll it over the edges. See here for more photos..

Start sticking your ruffles onto the cake. I used two layers of each colour.

I also used my toothpick and finger to lift up the ruffles so they didn’t appear too flat.

Next up I placed my top tier and stuck my rainbow on top

I made the rainbow a few weeks earlier using my sugar shaper to get perfectly even lines for each colour. I stuck all the colours together and then bent around to form the rainbow shape, before trimming the ends and leaving to dry over my 6 inch cake tin (so it gets the slight bend and is easy to stick onto the cake).

I then made a pearl edged border using my first impressions mould

On the other side of the cake I cut out a yellow circle, imprinted a face using my modelling tools, and stuck on the eyes and nose. The lashes are drawn on using an edible pen.

I then stuck tiny rainbow coloured lovehearts around my sun, which I had precut with a tiny heart cutter.

Last up it was time to cover all the tears in my fondant with some clouds!!

Lastly, for the top of the cake I cut out some coloured stars (thankfully Sophia is spelt with 6 letters, so I used all the rainbow colours!), imprinted the letters and stuck them on top using toothpicks.

the inside….

the matching cupcakes…

and the birthday girl!

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11 Responses to Rainbow Cake Tutorial

  1. Sky-Lee November 30, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Oh wow, that is stunning! Well done!

  2. Nat Mardon March 19, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    That one’s seriously amazing!! I’m intrigued about all the tools you have!!!

  3. tam August 18, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    hi bronnie
    i love this cake. planning on making something like this for my Nieces 7th birthday. just a quick question… have you made this cake and frozen the individual layers? does it freeze ok? i was hoping to make the cake a week earlier then decorate it in the day. any advice appreciated!cheers. tam

    • BronnieBakes Admin August 19, 2012 at 9:19 am #

      Yep, absolutely Tam! You just have to be careful as all the layers will be fragile

  4. theresa February 19, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    This is totaly awesome!!!! wish I could do something like that…GREAT JOB!!!!!!

    • BronnieBakes Admin February 19, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

      Thankyou!! Trust me – you can do something like this!!!


  5. theresa cappadocia February 19, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    This is totaly awesome !!!! Great job!!!!

  6. Meatloafs Kitchen May 12, 2013 at 12:25 am #

    Love this cake I am hoping to re create the ruffle look for my sister in laws wedding cake any advice you have on the ruffles?

  7. Nicky May 26, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Hi, love this cake. My baby girl is graduating from kindy next week and starting school and she has asked if I can make her this as her farewell cake at kindy. Do you mind if I copy your design?? I will of course credit you with the design if I put it on my page.
    Thanks so much, nicky

    • BronnieBakes Admin May 28, 2013 at 7:00 am #

      Hi Nicky and thankyou 🙂

      No problem at all about using the design! Looking forward to seeing your cake


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