Jump to content

Not quite Nigella Rainbow cake

  • Please log in to reply
41 replies to this topic

#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!!

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


How to talk about your pregnancy at work

The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

Tell us your story to win!

To celebrate Mother's Day this year we are giving you the chance to win one of five great prizes simply by telling us your story.

Where to get help to help your baby sleep

There is so much pressure about having a baby who sleeps 'all night' , it's no wonder you worry about your baby if she wakes in the night.

Vintage baby names having a comeback

What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.

When your partner doesn't want you to breastfeed

Dads can have many reasons for not wanting their partners to breastfeed their baby, but both parents should learn more about it before making a final decision.

Model mum Sarah Stage shares post-baby selfie

Most new mums would recoil at the thought, but Sarah Stage has shared a post-pregnancy selfie just four days after giving birth.

I'll admit it: I have last child parenting fatigue

If you're a new mum and feeling ignored by the older mum/the old hand/the has-been, please know, it's not you, it's me. Blame the last child parenting fatigue.

Exhaustion is not the same as tiredness

Having a new baby isn't tiring - it can be downright exhausting.

Five posterior babies, four home births

I was on a high. I'd done it all by myself with no help from anyone.

Mum's list of birthday gift demands goes viral

We're big fans of kids' birthday parties - but this is one bash we're glad we didn't get an invite to.

Kate Middleton to receive 'loyalty discount' for second birth

Everybody loves a bargain - including the Duchess of Cambridge.

Fish & chip shop owner's sad note goes viral

A lengthy note put on the window of a fish & chip shop has gone viral due to the writer's serious doubts about the romance of travel.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

When your child wants you to have another baby

Giving your child a sibling when you don't want to have another baby can be a complex issue.

William Tyrrell's mum speaks out: 'We hope he is still alive'

The mother of missing toddler William Tyrrell says she has a vision that somebody "picked him up and moved him on ... that's the only way ... to explain for him not to be there".

Family comes first for 23-year-old Tommy Connolly

Most 23-year-old blokes spend their hard earned cash on fun times with mates or romantic dinners with their girlfriend, but not Tommy Connolly.

Newborn all-girl quintuplets 'doing great'

The first all-female quintuplets born in the United States were delivered last week, at 28 weeks and two days.

Model mum's big baby silences critics

He may be less than a week old, but baby James Hunter has already helped his model mum silence her critics.

Jammy, Hula Hoop, Rage: Reddit reveals most unusual baby names

A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.

Woman awakens from coma, learns she gave birth

A US woman awakened this week from a four-month-long coma that doctors had feared would be permanent and learned that she had given birth to a baby boy, according to her family.

'Give us a break': mum sent shocking letter over Facebook baby pics

Posting a lot of baby photos doesn't make you a bad person. It may make your Facebook feed a little irritating, but it doesn't make you a bad person.

In defense of the dads who do so much

It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

The modern cloth nappies too cute to cover up

If you're only just joining the modern cloth nappy movement, or would like to spruce up your collection, we have to introduce you to Designer Bums.

How breastfeeding can affect your libido

When you’ve just had a baby, having sex isn’t usually top priority. In fact, for a lot of women it rates about as appealing as changing another dirty nappy.

Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

Healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man died

Fertility doctors have described their "most extraordinary case" - creating a healthy baby from sperm taken 48 hours after a man had died.

Sign up to our 30 days of #PlayIQ challenge

Sign up to receive 30 amazing tips and ideas for play with baby during the month of April and submit a picture or tip on our social wall for a chance to win an amazing Fisher-Price prize pack.


What's hot on EB

Last chance to win a year's supply of toys

You have less than a week left to win your child one of five Fisher-Price toy packs valued at over $600 each - hurry, enter today!

Childcare is a big problem, but there's more to it

Let’s keep talking about these issues and not allow them to be put into a neat little box that’s labelled ‘Fix childcare and everything is solved’.

Pink's awesome response to body-shaming trolls

When trolls felt the need to comment on 35-year-old singer-songwriter Pink's weight, her answer was an awesome ode to body love.

Fertility clinic offers egg donors $5000

A national chain of fertility clinics is offering egg donors a $5000 payment to cover their expenses, a first for Australia which is raising concerns the money could act as an inducement.

Baby boy abandoned in India amid fresh surrogacy concerns

Australian officials could do nothing to stop an Australian couple from abandoning their baby son, born through surrogacy in India, after they decided they did not want to bring him to Australia.

Herd immunity and community responsibility: how free-riders can make kids suffer

Individual choice works for haircuts and handbags, but not for preventing infectious diseases that kill kids.

Photographer captures 'unexpected beauty' of birth

If there is one thing Leilani Rogers knows about childbirth, it is that no two deliveries are ever the same.

Expectations vs the reality of making a toddler's clothes

Note to self: less sewing, more life. Not the party dress, but the party. The toddler, as usual, has it all figured out.

Mum meets 'dead' daughter 49 years after birth

In 1965, Zella Jackson-Price was told her premature baby girl had died shortly after birth.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby

New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.



Win a year's worth of toys

Last week to submit a picture of your baby at play for your chance to win. Visit the Play Wall to view our recent entries.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.