My son loves rainbows–in the sky, in My Little Pony form, but most of all in cake form.
He has asked me for a rainbow cake for a long time now. I thought I had it covered when I made him a chocolate cake with rainbow frosting but, apparently, that wasn’t enough. The other day, he asked again and I folded like a lawn chair. Ok, kid. We will make a real rainbow cake. I’ll even try to not complain about dirtying six bowls and spoon mixing all the colors.
I used the Vanilla Cake recipe from Cake Simple. I changed it in a few ways to suit what I had on hand (why were all my vanilla beans so dry and sad??) so, despite this cake being seriously delicious, I want to make the recipe again before really going into the details.
Instead, I want to talk about the amazingness of these food colors I tried out. They were just ok in the bowl while I mixed them up; the colors were solid but I still expected them to fade significantly while they baked. The top layer of the cake was purple, so I couldn’t tell what the outcome was until I unmolded the bundt.
WHAT THE WHAT? All hail Ateco gel food color, bringer of rainbows! These colors were amazing! Red is always a problematic color and, even though I could have added a little more to the batter, this was leaps and bounds above any other color I’ve ever used.
I’m a convert. Rainbow cakes forever. Ateco food colors forever. If you are the type that likes fun colored food, I cannot recommend these enough.