You guys know that I love Rainbow Cakes, and I thought that a Pastel Rainbow Cake would be just the showstopper for your Easter lunches! It would be perfect with some pastel mini eggs arranged on top or around the bottom too.
The lovely thing about this cake is that you can choose your favourite colours and add enough gel food colouring until you get the perfect pastel shade for you. I’ve given the names of the shades I’ve used below, but you can be as creative as you like! Duck egg pastels would be beautiful, such as shades of teal and yellow.
You probably won’t believe me if I tell you that this cake is actually really easy to make!? Well, it is! My Rainbow Cake recipe is a simple victoria sponge with cream cheese frosting (which has the benefit of being absolutely delicious too!). The (extra large) cake batter is mixed up and then divided into different bowls where we add the gel colouring.
Sugarflair and Wilton are two of the most known brands, which you can buy online (click here) or in cake decorating shops. You might have one near you – in Nottingham there are two, but if you’re not sure, then online is probably your best bet and I give the links to buy them in this post. Lakeland also sell a range of gel food colourings, including Wilton and PME.
You really DON’T want to try to use any liquid (runny, watery) food colourings such as the types of ones you’d traditionally find in supermarkets, OR the Dr Oetker gel food colours that you can also now get in supermarkets. Using either one of those will result in a POOR result, trust me! If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a showstopping rainbow cake, let’s get it right!
The recipe is exactly the same as my bright and vivid Rainbow Cake so head over there for the ingredients and method for that and my Foolproof Cream Cheese Frosting too.
The gel colours that I used are (with links to buy)
- Pastel pink: Wilton Rose pink
- Yellow: Sugarflair Primrose
- Orange: Sugarflair Tangerine/Apricot
- Green: Wilton Leaf Green
- Teal: Americolor Turquoise
- Purple: Sugarflair Lavender
You don’t have to use these colours by any means, you can create a pastel colour using almost any pink and just adding a very small amount of colouring (so you don’t have to buy the wilton rose, you can use any brands pink gel colouring. You can get 5 gel colours for £10.35 (correct as of March 2015) on eBay and the colours will last for years and be useful for making decorated cookies, and coloured cupcakes and frosting!
When you’re adding the gel colouring, add verrrrry slowly using a toothpick to put a drop of colouring in at a time (then discard – don’t re-use the same toothpick) until you have the exact pastel shade you’re looking for!
I can just see this cake topped with mini eggs and little Easter chicks for a showstopping Easter bake! If you love sprinkles as much as me, you might want to get some rainbow sprinkles online – the ones they tend to sell in shops aren’t TRULY colourful rainbows…!