Rainbow Cake–A food color review.

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.

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2 thoughts on “Rainbow Cake–A food color review.

  1. Every time I see this it makes me happy all over again. 😀 I desperately want to make rainbow cupcakes for work but I need to get my hands on some of that food coloring first. I use the regular liquid stuff to color white chocolate when I’m making stuff like dipped pretzels and the color always comes out so sad and pastel. Or worse, my chocolate seizes because I’m like, “HALF A BOTTLE OF RED WILL MAKE IT BRIGHT, SURELY!”

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    • Red is always such a finicky color. These are tiny tiny bottles and I used maybe 8 little gel drops of red? I wonder if they sell single colors… Off to Amazon!

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