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Step by Step how to make a Beautiful Rainbow Cake Trifle!  This gorgeous dessert is easier to make than you think! Follow my step by step photos and you will have this on your table in no time! This is just as delicious as my white chocolate strawberry trifle!

Rainbow Cake Trifle
Rainbow Cake Trifle

My rainbow cake trifle was the hit of Easter dinner

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) retentive and wanted to try and make stripes and not just have a tie-dyed cake trifle.

Step by Step How to Bake A Rainbow Cake

  • 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.
  • 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.

Rainbow Cake Trifle

How to Assemble the Rainbow Cake Trifle

  • 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.
  • 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!

Step by Step how to make a Beautiful Rainbow Cake Trifle! #dessert #cake #trifle #rainbow #recipe #party #partyfood

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

Happy baking everyone! Give this one rainbow cake trifle a whirl this weekend!

If you are looking for other desserts try my:

  1. Malibu Rum Cake Trifle
  2. Chocolate Better Than Sex Cake
  3. The Best Slow Cooker Lava Cake
  4. R2D2 Birthday Cake

 

Love you more than rainbows,

Karlynn

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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. #rainbow #cake #trifle

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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.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time
1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
1 hour 30 minutes
Servings
12
Calories
28
Author
Karlynn Johnston

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. Prepare the pudding mixes according to the package instructions and let set.

  12. The secret to the rainbow stripes is shown in the photos. It's all about the direction you cut the cake!
  13. Slice your cake exactly as shown in the photos and you will have gorgeous rainbow slices.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Top the whipped cream with leftover rainbow cake crumbs.
  17. Refrigerate at least 6 hours but it's far better if you make this the day before and refrigerate it overnight.

Recipe Notes

Calories for this will depend on what cake mix you use and if you use only egg whites or not! You will have to calculate this one on your own for accurate numbers.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 28kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 20mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 35IU, Calcium: 20mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Ali says

    I made this trifle for a holiday dinner and it was an absolute hit. I added a layer of raspberries, blackberries and sliced strawberries to it and it was just divine.

    I often make desserts for our get-togethers and I like to try new things, but everyone loves this dessert so much I’m practically never allowed to bring anything else anymore! It’s so easy to make that I feel almost guilty for how much everyone loves it haha. Definitely recommend everyone try it; your friends, family and especially your taste buds will thank you.5 stars

  2. Genessi Beachell says

    Damn….looks like I gotta step up my game… Elisabeth

    5 stars

  3. Karla Hennebold says

    This was a BIG hit for this 9 yr old 🙂 Many thanks~

    5 stars

  4. Sarah Langille says

    I made this for my daughter’s birthday last weekend and it blew everyone’s mind, especially the birthday girl’s! I was also impressed with how easy it was to make….your instructions are the bomb! Thanks!

    5 stars

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      AWESOME!!! Sometimes we bloggers can think something is easy and it’s not for everyone else, I’m glad that this one worked out! 

      5 stars

  5. mdavis831 says

    So do you mix the prepared pudding and cool whip together or just the pudding mix (powder) and cool whip?

  6. KitchenGoddess3 says

    How cool is this! Really glad I stumbled across it. Pinned for later 😉

  7. Cindy Taylor says

    This is what I made last year at Easter and it just about turned out just like the picture. It was not hard to make.

  8. Stacie Ward says

    Beautiful, you make it look so easy. Thank You for your recipes.

    5 stars

  9. Shannon Ebbesen says

    Leah Storrow this looks like something Abby would make

  10. The Kitchen Magpie says

    I am NOT a cake pro! So when I say you can do it, you totally can!!

  11. The Kitchen Magpie says

    The recipe is for cakes, just stack them together! Little cups can be done as well, a little more fiddly but cute!

  12. Skye Andriske says

    Alli Martin you could do this in small clear drink cups for mias bday?? Or i think it would be a cool bday cake?

  13. mrsFuzz says

    i’m planning on making this with red and green stripes for Christmas – thanks for the idea 🙂

  14. SabineVan says

    This is beautiful Karlynn!  is there a way to make this but using a 9×13 pan for a birthday cake?  I am having trouble visualizing to see how the stripes would go to cut pieces for party goers to have the full rainbow effect!

    • thekitchenmagpie says

      SabineVan  Stripe-wise it doesn’t work out the same, but you could just make it a tie-dye cake then instead…do two circles in the pan, one on each end and the batter would connect. Stripes would be a little bit hard.

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