Rainbow Marble or Layer Cake Recipe

Up the 'wow' factor with this bright rainbow cake.

Perfect for birthdays, special occasions and just about any time you want to create a splash of colour. As well as looking and tasting great, it's also relatively easy to whip up!

serves: 8 | prep: 0:20 | cook 0:20


  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour, sifted
  • 1 1/2 cups (335g) white sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125g) butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Food colouringred
  • yellow
  • pink
  • green
  • orange
  • purple
  • blue
  • Buttercream icing200g butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (380g) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbsp milk

  • Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line 2 x 20cm round cake tins with baking paper and set aside.
  • To make the cake batter, place the flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Using a mixer, beat in the milk, vanilla, butter and eggs until combined. Beat for 4 minutes.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between seven bowls. Using the food colouring, tint each bowl of mixture the colours of the rainbow (please see Notes for directions on food colouring).
  • In the first cake tin, pour in the red, yellow, pink and half of the green batter. Pour each directly into the centre of the tin to create layers.
  • Repeat with the second cake tin, beginning with the remaining green mixture and then the orange, purple and blue.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until centre of cakes bounce back after being touched lightly. Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack until ready to frost.

  • With an electric mixer, beat the butter until it's pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the vanilla and icing mixture, half a cup at a time. Beat in the milk at the end until well incorporated.
  • To assemble, place the cake with the red bottom on a serving plate and spread 1/2 cup of icing over the top using a flat-bladed knife.
  • Place the second cake on top and cover the whole cake with the remaining icing.

How to

How to make a rainbow marble cake

Up the ‘wow’ factor with this bright rainbow cake – perfect for birthdays, special occasions and just about any ti...

  1. This is a no-fuss cake. You can literally throw the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat it well to get a great cake.
  2. The amount of food colouring you add is up to your discretion. You can use liquid or gel colouring for this recipe. Just add a little at a time and mix until you have the colour that you want. I used red and blue to make the purple mixture, and red and yellow to make the orange mixture.
  3. Avoid giving this cake to anyone with a sensitivity to food colouring. You can try using natural food colouring, but you won’t get the same vibrant end result.
  4. If you want the buttercream icing to be white, you will need to beat it for around 5 minutes.
  5. Kids will love this fun colourful cake! They can also bite into their own individual rainbow with this recipe for rainbow cupcakes - a hit at birthday parties.
  6. This rainbow marble cake is so impressive, but if you want to make a simple cake for the family, you can't beat good old chocolate! This recipe for everyday chocolate cake is a tried and tested favourite and this easy chocolate cake is so simple, even the kids can make it.
  7. This amazing cake isn't as complicated as it looks, but if it's still a bit intimidating to you, then how about one that only requires two ingredients? Check out the fab recipe for 2 ingredient Nutella cake.
  8. If the food colouring used in this recipe alarms you, then check out this delish sunset-hued orange cake that gets its brilliant colour thanks to an entire orange that’s used in the recipe.
  9. This rainbow cake makes a fantastic birthday cake. If you prefer a flavoured cake though, you can’t go past banana cake which is a great tasting cake that you can use as a base for making all sorts of birthday cakes. Also see this recipe for banana cake with butter frosting.
  10. Did you know you can bake in your rice cooker? Find out how with this quirky rice cooker cake recipe.
  11. Want a light cake to serve with afternoon tea? This apple cake with cinnamon is super moist and so quick to make.
  12. You could use this rainbow cake for any sort of birthday cake you want to make. Simply ice and decorate it any way you wish. Classic butter cake is also a great base cake to use.
  13. This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.
  14. Use 2 cups (300g) plain flour, 1 1/2 cups (335g) white sugar, 3/4 cup (180ml) milk, 1/2 cup (125g) butter and 2 1/2 cups (380g) icing sugar mixture.

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Cake Magazine: Rainbow Marble or Layer Cake Recipe
Rainbow Marble or Layer Cake Recipe
Up the 'wow' factor with this bright rainbow cake.
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