Rainbow Layer Cake with Pip & Ebby – Messy Kitchen

Rain, rain go away!  Wow, the rain just keeps coming down, the rivers and creeks are flooded, and it got so bad, that we couldn’t even have our first full day of school.  Enough already with the rain…..sigh   I’m finally back to work after a very busy summer, and its nice to get back to my routine, now if only the weather would co-operate!  Let’s hope for the best, tomorrow’s another day, and I have a lot of food in the walk-in!

But we all know why were here today, it’s guest post Friday, my favorite day of the week!  Not only is it the end of a week but it’s a time when I get to spotlight one of my friends and introduce them to the blogging community.  Today it’s my pleasure to bring  you Megan from Pip & Ebby – Messy Kitchen!  For those of you that don’t already know Megan, I’m sure after today, you’ll have found a kindred spirit, and a good friend.   Your also going to find an extremely talented chef and photographer!

So sit back, relax, put your feet up and get ready to hit the kitchen for a snack, because after this post your going to be hungry, as I give you…….

 Pip & Ebby – Messy Kitchen

Hello! My name is Megan (aka Pip) from Pip & Ebby – Messy Kitchen. What an honor to be posting on Chef Dennis’ blog! He was one of the first people to reach out to me when I began this food blogging adventure. I immediately found him to be helpful, selfless, talented and filled with valuable information. Since then, I have seen him reach out to many other food bloggers, and I continue to be inspired by his kindness and knowledge.

This post is timely since I have been food blogging for exactly one year! Now, a year after starting this adventure, I cannot imagine not having this blog. It has been a constant positive aspect of my life, through some rough patches.

My blog features all types of food. Growing up, my mother had a hard time finding anything that I wouldn’t eat. I loved everything (minus pickled beets). Today, I make a wide variety of foods in my kitchen (minus anything involving pickled beets). I declare a special love for salads, vegetables, meats and sweets. But I really do love it all. I adore creating food, photographing food, writing about food and eating food.

One of my absolute favorite things to eat is cake. I have always loved celebrations of every kind because most of them involve cake. White cake, chocolate cake, marble cake, German chocolate cake, lemon cake. When I thought about what I wanted to post on Chef Dennis’ blog, the first thing I thought of was cake. I am simultaneously celebrating one year of food blogging, so nothing sounds more fitting!

Rainbow layer cake

So rainbow cake it is! This was my first attempt at rainbow cake, and let me just say that it involved a bit of trial and error. Fear not, though. None of you will have to endure the same learning pains that I did. I will tell you exactly what you need to do in order to create this beautiful rainbow cake!

Rainbow Layer Cake

5.0 from 5 reviews
Layered Rainbow Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-12
  • One 18.25-ounce box classic white cake mix
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple food coloring
  • Three 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the cake batter according to package directions. Divide the batter evenly between six small bowls. Using food coloring, make the batter in each bowl a different color of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). Stir well so the batter is evenly coated.
  2. Make the frosting: In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat with a hand-held mixer on medium speed until creamy. Mix in the vanilla. One cup at a time, add the confectioners’ sugar and beat on low until combined.
  3. Generously spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. One color at a time, pour the colored cake batters into the pan and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes per cake.
  4. [Start with purple and go up the rainbow back to red so you can stack the cakes on the platter as you go. I found that the cakes sometimes broke apart if I allowed them to sit on a rack or on wax paper while cooling.]
  5. Place the purple cake on a serving platter once it has completely cooled in the pan. Top with a thin layer of frosting. Spread the frosting to within ½ inch of the edge of the cake. Repeat with the blue, green, yellow, orange and red cakes, in that order.
  6. Coat the sides and top of the cake generously with the remainder of the frosting.


Rainbow Cake Batter

Due to the “trial and error” that I referred to, I had extra batter and extra frosting. I had a little bit of fun with it, and it made my 4-year-old squeal with delight. I was lucky to snap this photo because his eager little hands were within inches of the frame, ready to grab that pretty cupcake for himself.

Rainbow Cupcake

Thank you, Chef Dennis, for allowing me to be a part of your awesome blog!


What did I tell you, now that is one gorgeous cake, and I love that cupcake!   I do have to see if I can do this for my girls they will absolutely love them!  Now before you forget head on over to Pip & Ebby – Messy Kitchen, and say hi to Megan!  Just don’t forget to tell her Chef Dennis sent you!  (don’t forget to wish her a Happy Blogoversary too!)

I would also like to remind you that our friends  friends Adam and Cheryl Barnes from Picture Perfect Meals have been selected as one of 5 finalists for Country Living Magazines Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards and would really appreciate your vote!    There in the lead right now and would like to stay there!  So please go over and vote for them, it’s really easy just click on the Vote ribbon and follow the links,  and remember you can vote everyday!  So lets help them out,  I know  Cheryl and Adam will appreciate your support!

Thank you so much for stopping by,  Have a wonderful weekend, and unless you need it in your part of the world, let’s hope for a  warm sunny weekend, I could certainly use one right about now!




  1. Oh this makes me smile. And it makes me hungry. Another great guest post!! Megan- you rocked this cake!

  2. How pretty! This is happiness in cake form. Lovely guest post Megan!

    And Chef Dennis, I’m with you, enough with the rain!

  3. Fabulous cake! (truly a work of art, Megan!)
    Fabulous guest post! (thanks, Dennis!)
    And fabulous news about Adam and Cheryl! Off to vote~

  4. Ok…this is bringing me back to childhood!!…..Rainbow cookies that you find in any Jewish or Italian bakery are my all time favorite! And this reminds me so much of it. I MUST do this recipe and am bookmarking as I type. Thank you so much! How much and colorful!

  5. What a gorgeous cake! I am a big fan of Pip & Ebby, and this is just one reason why! I can’t wait to try rainbow cake, I know my son will love it!

  6. I have seen many recipes for rainbow cakes, but this one is my favorite. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and the result is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Gorgeous pictures by the way!

  7. How beautiful! It’s happiness in a cake!

  8. So cute, this would be perfect for a kid’s party! I don’t know which I like more, the cake or the cupcake version?!? Great post!

  9. I love this rainbow cake! It’s so bright and cheery!!

  10. Wow! This is amazing! Who could resist eating this!? I have to make it!

  11. Stunning cake! I bet whenever you serve this and cut into it there are “Oohs” and “Aahs” every time! Headed to your site now! Congratulations on a great guest post!

  12. So so cute! I love rainbow cakes!

  13. looks so vibrant and yum!!

  14. Well I would say that this post was timed very well! Your rainbow cake has added a little sunshine in the rainy days at Chef Jeff’s place. I will gladly take the cake as well as the rain!
    This is one of the best surprise cakes I have seen. Looks like a regular cake on the outside but one cut reveals brilliantly colored layers. You did an awesome job on the layering.
    Great guest post!

  15. That is so cool! I don’t have success making a 2 layer cake as of yet lol. I like that picture of all the colored batters. 🙂

    I voted last week for Picture Perfect Meals 🙂

  16. What a complete delight this post is! I’ve loved these cakes on Pinterest and marveled at how one could construct one! Thank you Megan for breaking the code. The cupcake is absolutely to die for. Jerry Garcia would come back from the dead for that one. Devistatingly darling! Thanks you two for a perfect post to kick off the weekend!

  17. Oh I love this! How can a cake that I can’t eat make me so happy?!
    Great job 🙂

  18. This cake is an exquisite work of art and labor of love.. Gorgeous pictures!

  19. Awesome post – beautiful cake! I’ll be sure to check out Megan’s site. I’ve never heard of the Blue Ribbon Blogger awards either…..I really need to get out in the blog world more…but I’m going to check that out too! Thanks Chef Dennis

  20. What a cheery and bright cake! And a perfect way to celebrate a blogoversary =) Love Pip & Ebby!

  21. What a fun cake.

  22. I have been seeing so much of these rainbow cakes around…they look like so much work but Pip & Ebby makes it look SO easy! I always love visiting that blog.

    Going to the Penn State game this weekend Dennis! So excited about it! Have a great weekend!

  23. That is one colourful cake. Not sure I can get into eating blue or purple, but I’m certain the kids would love it.

  24. What kid wouldn’t love that!? Such bright colors and so playful.

  25. What a great guest post! That is one cheerful, vibrant and beautiful cake! (Much needed here after 4 straight days of rain!) Thanks for introducing me to Megan and her wonderful blog! : )

  26. These looks gorgeous, and the photography is amazing! Well done chef…but honestly; too much food coloring for my taste 🙂 I would rather a plain old vanilla sponge with some crumbs on it.


  27. This cake ROCKS! And I thought it was going to be a much harder process than these excellent and easy instructions! I love the cupcake, too 🙂 Thank you so much, Dennis and Pip!

  28. Love this post! Happy 1 year anniversary to one of the most fun and clever bloggers out there. I always enjoy reading Megan’s stuff and this cake is a great example of our exciting and colorful her blog is 🙂 Thanks for hosting her, Chef Dennis!

  29. That cake is awesome! It looks much harder than it is!

  30. This cake is so very pretty. Thanks for introducing me to Pip & Ebby’s blog, I love it. I’ve barely checked my reader at all over the last couple of weeks. So, I was happy to remember as I was cooking dinner tonight that you’d have at least a new guest post and (YAY!) a couple more as well. I’m glad I checked. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend, Chef Dennis.

  31. Wow, That looks so beautiful..

  32. Wow! Since I have once seen a picture of a rainbow cake (sans recipe, just the pic) I wanted to make one myself! I cannot imagine how great the suprise would be for someone to slice a plain white-looking cake and found it was indeed anything else but plain! 😉 Great recipe and thank you!


  33. What a beautiful, colorful cake! It looks absolutely stunning and yummy, not to mention moist too! Plus, beautiful presentation with the single twirled candle in the centre. Gorgeous.

  34. This cake is so gorgeous and fun. I need to invite some nieces and nephews over so I can make this. It’s just too cute for words. Congrats on being featured here Megan. Very well deserved.

    Chef Dennis- I am happy to hear you are back into the swing of things with the girls. I agree about the weather. We just got a white puppy- what was I thinking? Lol! Enjoy your week.

  35. I’ve never seen a most colorful cake in my life… O___O

  36. Wow, such fun! My kids would go NUTS over this. I feel a project coming on…

  37. love the beautiful colours in this cake will check out their site
    regards Akheela

  38. Holy wow! This cake is the show stopper! I would ate to be the person who has next Friday. There is no topping this one! The photographs on Pip & Ebby are wonderful and the recipes sound fantastic. This is a wonderful guest post.

    And – I’m loving the break from all the rain finally! The sunny weather is great!

  39. Fab guest post. I have sen this cake occasionally on other blogs, this is the nicest one. It’s stunning.

  40. That is so cool!!!


  1. […] love rainbows, have always loved rainbows, have always wanted to make those very cool rainbow cakes I see all over the food […]

  2. […] Chef Dennis’ blog is quite nice, with a clean layout as well a clean, crisp photos. We enjoyed learning that Chef Dennis Director of Dining Services at an all girl academy. He is responsible for feeding 560 high school girls. Oh, my! Could you imagine having to listen to 560 different opinions from notoriously highly opinionated high school girls? We can’t and we are grateful for Chef Dennis’ of this world who take on that task. We saw the rainbow cake on his blog, but alas, he had a guest blogger who made the rainbow cake so we must include the lovely blog, Pip and Ebby-Messy Kitchen who took produced a vibrant rainbow cake. Best of all, Pip and Ebby made fantastic rainbow cupcakes with left over batter and frosting. These cupcakes remind us of tie dye t-shirts. Fun, fun, fun! […]

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