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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.

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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

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How To Make A Rainbow Cake Trifle


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 60 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 90 min
  • Category: Dessert

Description

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.

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.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    J Knight
    September 23, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Loved it!

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    Genessi Beachell
    June 13, 2016 at 5:43 am

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

  • Reply
    Renee Lukie
    May 27, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Mikaela Lukie for your love of trifle

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    Karla Hennebold
    May 12, 2016 at 3:19 am

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

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    Sarah Langille
    April 11, 2016 at 4:33 am

    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!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      April 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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

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    Gil Livesay
    April 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    A party in a bowl. Looks great.

    • Reply
      The Kitchen Magpie
      April 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm

      And it was super tasty!

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    mdavis831
    January 13, 2016 at 4:02 pm

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

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    KitchenGoddess3
    January 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    December 26, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    That’s fabulous to hear!’

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    Chantel Mcevoy
    December 23, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Deanne Rutherford. This is so adorable.

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    Cindy Taylor
    December 21, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    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.

  • Reply
    Li Ro
    August 19, 2015 at 3:08 am

    hmm I will have to make this for them

  • Reply
    Li Ro
    August 19, 2015 at 3:08 am

    looks cool

  • Reply
    Kristy Young
    August 19, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Li Ro kids would love this!

  • Reply
    Shannon Ebbesen
    July 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Leah Storrow this looks like something Abby would make

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    July 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm

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

  • Reply
    Stacie Ward
    July 20, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    June 24, 2015 at 10:32 am

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

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    Skye Andriske
    June 24, 2015 at 7:07 am

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

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    mrsFuzz
    October 13, 2014 at 10:28 pm

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

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    SabineVan
    May 3, 2014 at 1:15 am

    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!

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      thekitchenmagpie
      May 4, 2014 at 1:03 am

      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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