The seven-layer rainbow cake was the a attention grabber at this party! It’s a time consuming cake to bake and assemble but it is well worth the effort because when the cake is cut your guests will be very surprised.
For the Wizard of Oz party I decided on a BBQ featuring Professor Marvel’s grilled hot dogs served in toasted buns along with Auntie Em’s potato salad and the Scarecrow’s corn on the cob. The dessert was what really made the event spectacular. I served Wicked Witch of the West (Chocolate) and Good Witch of the North (Vanilla) cupcakes. The centerpiece was a bowl of Pistachio pudding adorned with a figuring of the Wicked Witch seemingly floating in a pool of green. This was the only decoration and it helped tie the theme together.
The seven layers will not use all of the batter. There will be enough batter left over to bake approximately 12 cupcakes. I tinted mine bright pink and baked them in pink foil liners for 25 minutes. I frosted the cupcakes with the white butter-cream frosting and added pink and white sugar pearls with a sprinkle of pink sugar crystals to create an elegant take on Glinda’s gown.
Makes one 10” cake and 12 cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350°F
2 boxes of your favorite white cake mix (You may substitute your favorite home made cake recipe if you prefer.)
Food coloring gel: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red
Prepare you cake pans with non stick spray and set aside.
Prepare the cake mix according to the manufacturer’s directions. Set out seven small cereal bowls on your counter and scoop 1 cup of batter into each bowl. Add a few drops of the food coloring gel into each bowl to get the colors that you desire.
Next scrape the purple batter into the prepared pan using a flexible spatula to get every bit of the batter. It will be just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Smooth it with the spatula. In the second prepared pan repeat this process with the blue batter. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake pans cool for 5 minutes and then turn the layers out onto a wire rack to complete cooling. Wash and dry the cake pans and repeat until all seven layers are done.
2 containers of your favorite white frosting (You may substitute your favorite home made frosting recipe if you prefer.)
Assembly of the cake:
Decide the order of the layers that you want to be seen when the cake is cut. In this rainbow cake the bottom layer is purple. Place the Purple layer on a cake plate and then frost the top with white butter-cream frosting. Then place the blue layer on top and frost until all seven layers are stacked. Frost the sides and top of the cake in any color that you choose. I chose white because I wanted the colors of the rainbow to pop. I added little yellow flowers with green centers along the border as a wink and a nod to the Yellow Brick Road leading to the Emerald City. Decorate as you wish and serve.