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Rainbow Tie Dye Cake Recipe

It's birthday cake time again. This year my niece's cake of choice, is a Rainbow Birthday Cake, with a few modifications. My Rainbow Cake recipe does not have 7 layers of cake, but does have all the colour. I decided to use lots of bright colours into a 3 layer cake, to create a Tie Dye Rainbow Cake, and here is the recipe.
3 Layer Rainbow Cake Tye Tie Dye
It is not a difficult cake to make, the baking part is very easy, if you can bake a sponge you can bake this cake. A novice baker may find the butter cream covering a little tricky.

I bought the funky pink cake board for just £2 from Hobbycraft, this is where I also got my cake colours from £10 for a set of 8

3 Layer Rainbow Cake Tye Tie Dye uk

Ingredients for Rainbow Tie Dye Cake

9oz butter
9oz caster sugar
4 eggs
9oz self raising flour
tablespoon of milk if required
6 bright cake colours 
cake board 

Traditional Butter cream ingredients

9oz softened butter
18oz (500g) icing sugar
strawberry flavouring (optional)

Equipment needed
Mixing bowl
Electric hand whisk
3 cake tins (or use one twice once one sponge has baked)
6 small bowls
6 spoons
6 piping bags
large serrated knife
palette knife
Greaseproof paper

Butter and line 3 cake tins with the greaseproof paper
Oven temp 180 degrees 

  • Using a hand whisk
  • Cream together the sugar and butter
  • beat in 1 egg
  • add a large spoon of flour, repeat this until all the eggs and flour are combined.
  • Split the mixture evenly into 6 bowls
  • Add your chosen food colouring to each bowl, (I used the end of a spoon to dip into the pot of each colour) mix in. Remember you can always add more colour.
  • Use separate spoons so as not to accidentally mix colours.
  • Carefully spoon each coloured cake mix into a piping bag (you do not need a nozzle).
  • Snip the end off of each nozzle and pipe in a circle your choice of colour. Swapping colours at each circle. If you have any let over mixture I added it into the tin in large splodge of mixture to create a colour patch. Just make sure you have equal amount of cake mix in each tin.
You do need to think about how you will stack your cake and where the colours will be, ideally you do not want for example 2 section of blue in the same place when they are stacked.
How to make a tye dye raindow cake

Place into the oven for 25-30 minutes.  Check it is cooked by pushing a skewer or knitting needle into the sponge, it should come out clean.

Leave the cake to cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
How to make a rainbow tie tye dye cake uk

Making the Butter cream
Using a hand whisk (this will give you a whiter looking butter cream) whisk together butter and icing sugar, add any flavouring should you wish. If your mixture is too thick add a drop of milk. It is far better to have too much butter cream than to run out part way through decorating a cake. 

Once the sponge has cooled, you will need to carefully trim with a sharp knife the outside edge and top of each sponge to remove the outer baked area. Removing the greaseproof paper at the bottom of each cake will reveal the vibrant colours of the sponge.

I secured the bottom layer of my cake to a cake board with a blob of butter cream. Then spread a generous amount of butter cream to sandwich your 3 sponges together.

How to make a rainbow tie tye dye cake

Once assembled make sure your cake is level and even around the edges. Add a generous amount of butter cream to the top of the cake, and gently ease this around to the edges.  Using a palette knife will makes this easier, you should also have a mug of hot water and some kitchen roll. You will find it easier if you wipe the palette knife clean and dipping it in the hot water as you work.

I found filling a piping bag with butter cream and then applying this to the sides of the cakes easier to cover. Then using the palette knife against the side of the cake, whilst turning the plate gave an even covering.

If at anytime you find you are getting in a mess with the butter cream and it picking up the crumb of the cake, put the cake in the fridge for an hour have a cup of tea and then come back and continue.

I decorated the top of my cake using Choco Writers (see my Halloween chocolate designs for how easy this is to do or the 60th birthday cake), you can pipe easily with liquid chocolate onto baking paper. Once you have perfected your design and it has set it is easy to transfer onto your cake. 

Any left over butter cream can be kept in the freezer until the next time you bake, or sandwich some biscuits together for a quick treat. 
How to make a tie tye dye cake

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Love this recipe? You may also like my Loom Bands Birthday Cake.  
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