Rainbow Velvet Cakes – Rainbow

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: about an hour
Servings: 10-12
Cuisine: American
Recipe Info

A simple how-to for making an amazing rainbow cake from scratch, easily!! A fail proof buttermilk vanilla cake recipe that’s delicious, easy and downright impressive! Great for Pride Month, St. Patrick’s Day, Birthdays, or any occasion where you want to bring in some color!

Rainbow Cake Layers:
2 ½ cups white granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Gel food coloring: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple

Cream Cheese Frosting:
12 oz cream cheese, softened
1 ½ cups butter, softened (do not melt)
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325 F.
Generously grease and flour 6 (9-inch cake pans.) I only had 3 pans so I had to bake in two batches.
In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter. Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated. Mix in vanilla extract, buttermilk and heavy cream. Mix in half of the flour, baking powder, and salt. When mixture is combined, mix in the rest of the flour.
Divide the batter into six bowls (about 1 cup of batter per bowl) Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. (layers will be thin) Bake for 10-15 minutes or until center is set. Do not overbake. Keep a close eye on them as some ovens run hotter and these are thin layers. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.
Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.
Place on a cooling rack and cool completely. Meanwhile make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together cream cheese and butter. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla. Place the purple layer down first and frost. Followed by the blue layer, green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. (frost between each layer) Place a thin coat of the icing on the cake to create a crumb coat. This will make the cake even all around and seal any loose crumbs. Once the crumb coat is set, finish frosting the cake.
Slice & serve! (To create more defined layers of frosting between the colors, place the frosted cake in the fridge to allow the cream cheese frosting to firm up before slicing)

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