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Four Flavor Rainbow Layer Cake

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This Rainbow Layer Cake is packed with a different flavor in every layer!

My husband made this Rainbow Layer Cake for Easter. I would suggest you may want to enjoy this cake at least once. It’s perfect for any celebration when you want to Wow the crowd. It’s huge so be sure to invite friends and family to enjoy it with you.

How to make a Four Flavor Cake with four layers. Each layer is a different flavor and color. Tricks with cake mix are what makes this cake fun and tasty. #cake #trickwithcakemix

This Rainbow Layer Cake is rather majestic with four layers! Slice those layers thin and you should be able to get about 20 slices so it will feed a crowd. One slice covers a full size dinner plate.

It’s what I lovingly refer to as a ‘cheating cake,’  because it’s a box mix but trust me when I say, the flavors are amazing! There are many, many box mix recipes out there which will make you think you are eating a cake made from scratch. This is one of those. Don’t you just love Tricks with Cake Mix recipes! We do.

Rainbow Four Layer Cake for Easter.intelligentdomestications.com

It’s pretty tall, don’t you think. We made this disappearing flavor packed cake for Easter and everyone loved it. 

We didn’t use the cool whip frosting in the magazine recipe. Instead, Stacy made the basic buttercream frosting which is a family favorite. We also stacked the layers in a different color pattern than Kraft just for the fun of it! We were very happy with this recipe and will likely make it again for a special occasion.

How to make a Four Flavor Cake with four layers. Each layer is a different flavor and color. Tricks with cake mix are what makes this cake fun and tasty. #cake #trickwithcakemix

INSPIRATION

This cake was inspired by the Rainbow Layer Cake found in a magazine put out by Kraft a few years ago. They used a whipped cream frosting which doesn’t appeal to anyone in our family so we went with a Buttercream frosting. You can find our Buttercream frosting recipe as you scroll down.

THE SECRET

The secret to the flavors is using dry gelatin mix. We used; Raspberry, Orange, Lime and Berry Blue gelatin. It’s a pretty cool trick which we have used again. You could easily make a cake in team colors using the gelatin trick.

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Also see our recipe for this Citrus Cake with Lemon Lime Cream Cheese frosting. 

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How to make a Four Flavor Cake with four layers. Each layer is a different flavor and color. Tricks with cake mix are what makes this cake fun and tasty. #cake #trickwithcakemix

 

Yield: 20

Rainbow Layer Cake

How to make a Four Flavor Cake with four layers. Each layer is a different flavor and color. Tricks with cake mix are what makes this cake fun and tasty. #cake #trickwithcakemix

A four flavor four layer cake perfect for all sorts of events and celebrations.

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pkg. white cake mixes, divided
  • ½ of 3-oz. pkg.each gelatin Raspberry Flavor Gelatin, Orange Flavor Gelatin, Lime Flavor Gelatin and Berry Blue (Jello)
  • Oil according to pkg directions
  • Water according to pkg. directions
  • Egg whites according to pkg. directions
  • BUTTERCREAM FROSTING INGREDIENTS
  • 1 Cup Softened Butter
  • 2 pkgs. (16 oz. ea.) Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Clear Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Grease and flour four 8" cake pans
  3. Prepare cake batter from 1 pkg. cake mix as directed on package.
  4. Divide batter equally between two separate bowls.
  5. Add dry raspberry gelatin mix to batter in one bowl; mix well.
  6. Stir dry orange gelatin mix into remaining batter.
  7. Pour into prepared pans.
  8. Bake according to package directions, 20 to 30 minutes until done.
  9. Repeat cake preparation steps with the second box of cake mix and divide equally between two bowls.
  10. Stir in the remaining two gelatin flavors and mix well until blended
  11. Pour into cake pans.
  12. Bake at 350º 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  13. Cool completely before icing.

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING INSTRUCTIONS

Cream butter until light and fluffy.

Add milk and vanilla a little at a time blending after each addition on low speed. 

Add sugar a little at a time while blending on medium speed.

You can add more milk if the frosting is too thick or you can add additional confectioners’sugar if too thin.

Notes

Berry Blue Jello is available on Amazon

Nutrition Information

Yield

20

Serving Size

1 slice

Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 26mgSodium 108mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 4g

Nutrition information is estimated and not entirely accurate based on ingredients and different cook times in home kitchens.

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HOW TO MAKE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Softened Butter
2 pkgs. (16 oz. ea.) Confectioners’ Sugar
1 tsp. Clear Vanilla
2 Tbsp. Milk

INSTRUCTIONS

Cream butter until light and fluffy.
Add milk and vanilla a little at a time blending after each addition on low speed. 
Add sugar a little at a time while blending on medium speed.
You can add more milk if the frosting is too thick or you can add additional confectioners’
sugar if too thin.


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31 Comments

  1. What a fun idea Shirley. I’m thinking a layer of blue, yellow, green who knows. The kids will love it. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be featuring your post on my Rainbow Roundup post.

  2. How gorgeous! A perfect cake for any celebration. Thank you for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon and look forward to you linking up next week.

  3. This is so beautiful! I think it would be gorgeous for a girls birthday party. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned this to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest board!

    1. Thanks for the Pin, Tammy. I’ve seen a lot of people who say they would use this cake for a birthday! Lots of potential with this one! It was delicious too.

  4. Wow, I love everything about this cake, including the extra highness and the colors! Well done! I’m going to pin this so hopefully I’ll remember it for the next special occasion!

  5. I sure want a bite from this lovely looking goodie you have there Shirley! Your hubby did a great job!

    Better than me; I made a cake which turned out to be a disaster. Well, the decorative side of it!

  6. This is a colorful cake! I love it. I have been taking cake decorating classes, so all of these different cakes are intriguing! 🙂
    Pinning. Thanks for linking up at the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

  7. Wow that is some cake! It’s so beautiful. That would be perfect for this weekend. my daughter after several mind changes has decided on a colorful birthday party.

  8. What a stunningly, beautiful cake! Your husband knocked it out of the park on this one! Did you save me a piece? It’s gorgeous and the perfect dessert for Easter!

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