How To Make A Rainbow Cake Trifle

Rainbow Cake Trifle

My rainbow cake trifle was the hit of Easter dinner this year. I could have skipped the Easter ham and mashed potatoes quite easily and just fed everyone this instead. (hmm, now there’s an idea for next year..)

Besides the fact that it’s super cute, screams “Hello Spring!” at the top of it’s lungs and makes you want to squeee a little bit due to the joyous colors, it’s also a light, fluffy and delicious dessert.

So light and fluffy that everyone had seconds.

To quote my husband:

“I know I am going to hate myself later for this second helping, but I can’t stop myself.”

It’s super easy as well. Since I had to make a large Easter dinner, I wasn’t going for a dessert that required me to make homemade mousse for the filling or bake brownies. Nope, this is pre-made all the way!

A cake mix, whipped cream and white chocolate pudding.

Dessert is done.

Now here’s where I will walk you through the making of the rainbow stripes. I was a little (ok a lot) rententive and wanted to try and make stripes and not just have a tie-dyed cake trifle.

To start, you can whip up one white cake mix according to the package instructions, then divide the batter into 6 cups.

I did the ROY G BIV rainbow (excluding the Indigo) to make it a real rainbow. You can decide what colors you want to use and divide the cups accordingly.

You remember that right? Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. ROY G BIV. Dude’s the most well know guy around town.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

Using any cake gels, food coloring or icing gels, color up the white batter.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

You are going to make two cakes, so grease up two 8 inch cake tins.

Pour half of your red batter into the first one, reserving half for the second cake. Do not push it around, just let it move out naturally to the edges.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

Pour the orange right in the middle of the red (again, only half of your batter, save half for the second cake) and that’s going to push the red even closer to the edge.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

Keep going with the yellow, green, blue and purple, pout half of each into the very middle until you see a cake like below.

You can wiggle the pan side to side very slightly to help the batter move out.

Tap the pan on the table or counter lightly to remove bubbles.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

Repeat with your second cake.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

Bake the cakes according to the package instructions, cool and remove. You can at this point freeze them if you aren’t making the trifle right away.

The secret to the rainbow is shown below. It’s all about the direction you cut the cake!

Slice your cake exactly as shown below and you will have gorgeous rainbow slices.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

Place the best looking center pieces that are full rainbows on the edges like shown below. Then you fill in the middle of the trifle with the pieces of cake that aren’t full rainbow slices.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

To make each layer, place the cake layers down, put a third of the white chocolate pudding on top, then a third of the whipped cream. Then start another cake layer and repeat two more times.

You end up with this delicious beauty!

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So light and fluffy, so easy to make, I’m totally in love with this dessert.

Happy baking everyone! Give this one a whirl this weekend!

Love you more than rainbows,

Karlynn

How To Make A Rainbow Cake Trifle
This gorgeous rainbow trifle is easy to make and incredibly delicious. See the step by step photo instructions in the post on how to make the cake.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • one box of white cake mix (and ingredients to make it)
  • food coloring
  • 3 cups of whipped cream (I used Cool Whip)
  • 2 packages of Jello White Chocolate Instant Pudding . prepared according to package instructions.
Instructions
  1. whip up one white cake mix according to the package instructions, then divide the batter into 6 cups.
  2. Using any cake gels, food coloring or icing gels, color up the white batter.
  3. You are going to make two cakes, so grease up two 8 inch cake tins.
  4. Pour half of your red batter into the first one, reserving half for the second cake. Do not push it around, just let it move out naturally to the edges.
  5. Pour the orange right in the middle of the red (again, only half of your batter, save half for the second cake) and that’s going to push the red even closer to the edge.
  6. Keep going with the yellow, green, blue and purple, pout half of each into the very middle until you see a cake like below.
  7. You can wiggle the pan side to side very slightly to help the batter move out.
  8. Tap the pan on the table or counter lightly to remove bubbles.
  9. Repeat with your second cake.
  10. Bake the cakes according to the package instructions, cool and remove. You can at this point freeze them if you aren’t making the trifle right away.
  11. The secret to the rainbow stripes is shown in the photos. It’s all about the direction you cut the cake!
  12. Slice your cake exactly as shown in the photos and you will have gorgeous rainbow slices.
  13. Place the best looking center pieces that are full rainbows on the edges like shown in the photos.Fill in the middle of the trifle with the pieces of cake that aren’t full rainbow slices.
  14. To make each layer, place the cake layers down, put a third of the white chocolate pudding on top, then a third of the whipped cream. Then start another cake layer and repeat two more times.
  15. Top the whipped cream with leftover rainbow cake crumbs.
  16. Refrigerate at least 6 hours but it's far better if you make this the day before and refrigerate it overnight.

 

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