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#1 faerychild

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:01 PM


Has anybody made this ??   Thinking of making this for my daughters 5th birthday, but pricing the wilton gels and its $48 so far......eeeeeeeek

Anyone made it with a cheaper brand and its worked ???

#2 papilio

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:05 PM

That is gorgeous!  

The thing with the gels is that you don't need a great deal of them and you'll be able to use them for later cakes original.gif

#3 dorkalicious

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:09 PM

I made this just using food colouring looked great! Can see part of it in my sig original.gif

#4 Bunsen the feral

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:10 PM

I made a similar one (google Martha Stewart rainbow cake) and just used the primary colours and mixed the rest - that way you only need to buy 3 colours. Also try Americolor gels if you are buying as they are better - not sure if cheaper tho.

Red + yellow = orange
Yellow + blue = green
Blue + red = purple

#5 KimminyCricket

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:12 PM

Prizzy made this one - she may come in and have some ideas for you.

I would use regular colouring to save costs - or just buy three primary colours in the gel and mix to make more.

#6 *cough*

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:15 PM

I've made a layered rainbow cake and about to make another one. You really need Wilton gels to get the vibrant colours.

The cost to buy the colours is expensive but they last for ages. Promise you won't have to buy more for ages.

Good luck.  cool.gif

#7 *MuchTooYoung*

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:23 PM

Hi OP, I have made this cake many times this year, everyone in my family asks for them lol!!
I use these, they make beautiful colours and arent all that exxy  biggrin.gif Hope it helps~Choc dye

#8 sarah_jane

Posted 08 October 2011 - 04:28 PM

I made a rainbow cake for Liam's 3rd birthday, the colours maybe weren't quite as intense? But still impressive enough! Here's a slice of it:

I just used the colours from supermarket- mixed to get purple and orange original.gif

#9 qak

Posted 08 October 2011 - 07:39 PM

Gosh, those are beautiful colours!
Bookmarking this thrad and recipe for next year.

#10 packysmum

Posted 08 October 2011 - 07:48 PM

I made this rainbow cake with just liquid food colouring and i think it was vibrant enough

#11 jamdonut

Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:00 PM


I was actually considering paying a couple of hundred dollars to have a rainbow cake made for DD's birthday party. Now I'm thinking I could do it myself for a lot less!

My oven is awful though - it's not fan-forced, so the majority of the heat radiates from the top. My cakes always end up hugely domed in the centre. Does anyone have any tips for baking cakes evenly so the centre doesn't rise?

#12 faerychild

Posted 08 October 2011 - 08:22 PM

Thankyou all !!!    biggrin.gif   I think I might just use the ones from the supermarket that a few of you have used.  Im not really a cake maker type of person, LOL  Im a packet mix person.  But for a birthday I'll make the effort so $48 worth is too much for us.

I might do a test run actually and see how it goes.

Will post a photo :-)  Sarah_Jane yours looks great.

#13 boyohboyohboy

Posted 08 October 2011 - 09:39 PM

QUOTE (jamdonut @ 08/10/2011, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I was actually considering paying a couple of hundred dollars to have a rainbow cake made for DD's birthday party. Now I'm thinking I could do it myself for a lot less!

My oven is awful though - it's not fan-forced, so the majority of the heat radiates from the top. My cakes always end up hugely domed in the centre. Does anyone have any tips for baking cakes evenly so the centre doesn't rise?

If my cakes are too high in the oven they'll do this... try a lower shelf.
My oven is also not a fan forced one.

#14 CocobeanLillylove

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:14 PM

QUOTE (jamdonut @ 08/10/2011, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I was actually considering paying a couple of hundred dollars to have a rainbow cake made for DD's birthday party. Now I'm thinking I could do it myself for a lot less!

My oven is awful though - it's not fan-forced, so the majority of the heat radiates from the top. My cakes always end up hugely domed in the centre. Does anyone have any tips for baking cakes evenly so the centre doesn't rise?

You could try baking them at a lower temperature.
I was told to always bake cupcakes at 150 degrees rather than 180 like the recipes often suggest. This would help keep a flat top rather than a dome. So not sure if this theory applies to one large cake but it has worked for me with cupcakes

#15 *cough*

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:21 PM

QUOTE (jamdonut @ 08/10/2011, 06:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>

I was actually considering paying a couple of hundred dollars to have a rainbow cake made for DD's birthday party. Now I'm thinking I could do it myself for a lot less!

My oven is awful though - it's not fan-forced, so the majority of the heat radiates from the top. My cakes always end up hugely domed in the centre. Does anyone have any tips for baking cakes evenly so the centre doesn't rise?

You could also make a layered rainbow cake like THIS then you can cook the layers individually and saw off the top of them to make them even.

Let me know if you want the directions, it's actually really simple but you do need to 'construct' it carefully, freezing the layers in between. PM me if you would like them.

#16 busymum01

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:28 PM

I usually by the AmeriColor gel dyes from US Ebay for a song - are they on par with the Wilton gels? unsure.gif

#17 LifeGoesOn

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:41 PM

Ohhh I wanna try this, silly question but do the colours not mix together when you add them to the tin or is that part of the appeal (non uniform layering I mean).

#18 EssentialBludger

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:42 PM

Hi OP, I made a very simple rainbow cake for my sister birthday earlier this year. I just used the first vanilla cake recipe I found on google (taste.com.au I think it was), decided it into portions, and added a few drops of normal food coloring. You could even use packet mixes.

It doesn't look as nice as thatcone, but I think it looked ok. Very cheap too! Under $10.

#19 pundelina

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:52 PM

QUOTE (jamdonut @ 08/10/2011, 09:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
...Does anyone have any tips for baking cakes evenly so the centre doesn't rise?

Wrap the outside of your cake tin in a few layers of damp towelling. That encourages the outside to stay cooler and let it cook evenly so the cake stays flat on top.

I cut 3 pieces from an old handtowel to the right length to wrap outside the cake tin and I fasten them on with a safety pin after I wet them just before baking.

(Beware of cake mixes that fill the tin though, they need to dome or else they'll mushroom over the edge at the top. I learnt that one the hard way the other day wink.gif )

Rainbow cakes are awesome, but it cost me a heap for the dyes too. Worth it original.gif

Edited by pundelina, 08 October 2011 - 10:53 PM.

#20 Guest_BeachedAsBro_*

Posted 08 October 2011 - 10:57 PM

Melfunktion is making one tonight for her daughter's birthday and I know Doppelganger made one for her daughter's last birthday. They look awesome. I want to make one for Evie next year and put Cookie Monster on the top original.gif

#21 MiSS_E

Posted 08 October 2011 - 11:31 PM

I have some pics so you can compare the gels (wilton brand) to the liquid dyes (queens brand):

Both of these cakes were made in the same week, using a combination of liquids, and gels, as I ran out of various colours.

In the top picture of the M&M cake, the red is the only liquid colouring. You can see how it pales in comparison to the gel. In the doll cake, the red is a gel colouring but the blue is now a queens liquid. It gives a good comparison I think. The liquids are a shade or so paler, but still perfectly adequate if wanting to save money. But you do only use a smidge of the gel and so they last ages.

#22 Nightowl29

Posted 09 October 2011 - 12:28 AM

I made one last weekend for my daughters birthday with Wilton gel for all colours all bar the red. I found the wiltons didn't give a stong red (more pink than red) so I used 2 squirts of Caroline's Colour Paste. This is the bottom layer of the WW Merry-go-round cake so the middle has markings from where the cardboard tube was.

#23 aussierach

Posted 09 October 2011 - 07:22 PM

i made mine using her technique but using the womans weekly buttercake recipe and buttercream icing I went to a local wedding cake shop and bought their branded gels about $4 a color I have som much color left I could probably make this cake for the next 10 years LOL

so worth it though I also did a layered one for a friends party they really are special lookign cakes original.gif

#24 jossy

Posted 09 October 2011 - 10:16 PM

It's so worth using the Wilton colours, it makes a huge difference.  They'll last forever and you really only need a little bit.  I just use the vanilla buttercake recipe from Taste and double it.  Filled with buttercream made with half supafry/half butter so it's really white which also makes the colours pop.  I don't freeze the layers or anything (too lazy...) but I do weigh the mixture into portions so they are even - one of the first I made had nearly zero red and way too much blue!  This is still one of my most favourite cakes I've made.

#25 chookpea

Posted 09 October 2011 - 10:21 PM

All these cakes are gorgeous!!

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