All the colours of the rainbow

In about a month’s time my brother-in-law will be turning 30 and in honour of this milestone my sister wants to bake him a special and out of the ordinary cake. So off she went on an internet search for some inspiration. It was during this search, that she came across a rainbow cake. 

This particular cake had about 30 different layers, but we thought this would be a bit over kill, so we settled for something a little smaller. We decided upon a cake with six different coloured layers. We went off to Jodee’s Baking and Packing Supplies in Strijdom Park, Johannesburg to get all our rainbow supplies.

This shop is just amazing as they have everything and anything you would need for your baking delight. Cupcake cups in every colour, shape and size you can imagine; gel colours in all the shades of the rainbow (and more), as well as an array of moulds because why settle for an ordinary shaped cake.

We used my usual cupcake recipe (these cupcakes come out like mini sponge cakes), it’s by far the best baking recipe I own.

4 eggs
250ml castor sugar
1 ½ cups flour
15ml baking powder
½ tsp salt
125 ml oil
125 ml boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence


Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and pale.

Fold in the sifted dry ingredients.

Combine oil and water. Beat in and add the vanilla essence.
Add your colours (the amount you add depends on what shade colour you want).

Fill the paper cups about ¾ of the way.
Bake at 180° for approximately for 12 minutes.

Leave to cool and do the icing.

We used a vanilla icing from Jodee’s and all that was required is that we add water to the packet contents. This icing is ideal as its perfect for shaping or designing your icing in any way you want.

We decorated the cupcakes with stars and multi-coloured sprinkles (also purchased at Jodee’s).

I do have to say, they turned out even more awesome than we thought they would. 

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