The BEST rainbow cakes! Recipes & decorating ideas

How many ways are there to make a rainbow cake? Turns out, there are lot of options! Rainbow on the inside, rainbow on the outside… buttercream or fondant… rainbow cake or rainbow candy… there are fancy tricks and easy shortcuts. And each cake is gorgeous in its own way!

1. Rainbow ruffle cake by Coco Jo Cakes – for a tutorial on how to make a rainbow ruffle cake, visit Bubble and Sweet

2. Rainbow cake by I Am Baker

3. Classic white-frosted rainbow cake by Love and Olive Oil – with recipe

4. Rainbow petal cake by Bird On A Cake links to decorating tutorial

5. Buttercream frosted rainbow cake by My Cake School – with decorating tutorial

6. Rainbow heart cake by Bakingdom – with recipes and tutorial

7. Rainbow heart layer cake via The Cake Blog

8. Flowers and hearts tiered rainbow cake via Cakes Decor

9. Rainbow sprinkle cake by The Cake Blogwith decorating tutorial

10. Sixlets rainbow cake by SprinkleBakes – with recipe and instructions

11. Fruit-flavored rainbow cake (with natural flavors from fruit, and just a little food coloring) by I Am Bakerwith recipe

12. Rainbow ropes & gumballs cake by Meaningful Mamawith decorating tutorial

13. Rainbow doodle birthday cake by Sweetapolita – with recipe and instructions

14. Rainbow tie-dye cake by Omnomiconwith recipe

15. Unfrosted rainbow cake via Chickabug

16. Messy ruffles rainbow cake by Rose Bakes – links to a video decorating tutorial

17. Checkered rainbow cake by Masam Manis

18. Rainbow ruffle cake by I Am Baker

Chickabug rainbow theme paper goods & printables

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Or, check out more rainbow theme party ideas on Pinterest or here on my blog!


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  1. 1
    Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 8:36 pm
    Rose Bakes... says:
    Thanks for sharing one of my cakes!! :)
    • 1.1
      Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 9:28 pm
      Heather says:
      It's gorgeous!! I love a ruffle cake, and yours is a really great one! : )
  2. 2
    Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 10:15 am
    Sue {munchkin munchies} says:
    These cakes make me HAPPY!
    • 2.1
      Monday, February 17th, 2014 at 11:53 am
      Heather says:
      Hi Sue! Me too. Nothing is cheerier than a pretty rainbow cake! : )
  3. 3
    Sunday, December 7th, 2014 at 5:41 pm
    MaZ says:
    What about number 13? Any idea where it's from?
    • 3.1
      Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 9:21 am
      Heather says:
      Oops! My numbering was off. :\ It's by Sweetapolita. I updated the post. Thanks for pointing that out!
  4. 4
    Sunday, March 20th, 2016 at 4:52 am
    charmaine johannsen says:
    i would love yo be able to do number 4 its so pretty and looks too good to eat.
  5. 5
    Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 5:23 pm
    ann nduku says:
    I love these cakes
  6. 6
    Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 3:46 pm
    Ana María alvarado says:
    Excelentes trabajos
  7. 7
    Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 7:48 am
    Nora says:
    Excelente todas
  8. 8
    Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 2:14 am
    monica says:
    I tried to make a rainbow cake by changing the vanilla cake to several colors, then layering them into the cake pan but when the caked cooled and I flipped it out it all blended together looking like throw up not sure what I did wrong cause I've make them into cupcakes and they've turned out perfect any suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks
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    Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 11:51 am
    Sara Darlington says:
    I love all your cake decorating. They are Bomb!!!.

    Do you train people because I am very interested in cake making n decorating. Thank you
    • 9.1
      Monday, October 8th, 2018 at 4:17 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Sara! I don't decorate cakes. This is a blog post about other people's cakes. I agree, they're very pretty!