Rainbow Birthday Cake

filed under: Rose + Rosette Cakes on December 23, 2013

My little girl turned five this past week.  Five!  In the midst of extensive Christmas baking, I took a break from all this green and red and peppermint and made a perfectly perfect girly girl cake.

With Audrey’s help of course!  The last couple years I have let her “design” her cake;  she tells me what colors and themes she wants and I do my best to make it happen.

Like this Rose Cake.  And this Neapolitan Cake.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 Her requests were pretty simple:

1. Lots of flowers

2. Every color in the rainbow.

3. Lots of frosting. (but no chocolate cake because her brother doesn’t like chocolate and she is very thoughtful like that)

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake


I even let her pick the cake stand, which just happens to be one of my all time favorites.  I found it in a specialty shop near our new home.  The owner of the shop did not want to let it go!  Even though there was a price tag on it, they had been using it for display for so long it had become part of the ambiance.  I tried so hard to not show my desperation, but in my head I was screaming, “I HAVE TO HAVE THAT CAKE STAND!”

I think her soul heard my souls cries.

Do you think I am being too dramatic?  Let’s see… what do most women love?

Ah yes.  Shoes.  Pretend I was talking about a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake


Back to the cake.  Audrey did request a Rosette Cake, but… and this is hard for me to admit… sometimes I get tired of making that cake!  So I asked her if it would be ok to change things up a little tiny bit.

She refused.

I asked sweetly.  She said no.  She crossed her arms and stood up tall and looked me in the eye.

“I promise I will still try to make it pretty!” I pleaded.

“Oh sure mom!  Whatever you want.” And she happily flounced away in her princess dress.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake


So this is my “compromise”.  I didn’t make the full on rosette shape, but still tried to make it “flowery”.  And it has every color in the rainbow.  Except Indigo.

Cause like, I prefer my rainbows with six colors ok?

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 Audrey loved her cake and loved being a princess for a whole day.

She loved the attention and the gifts.

But most of all, I hope she loved the love.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 Happy Birthday Sweety!

Here is a recipe for How to Make a Rainbow Cake.

I shared a picture of Audrey blowing out the candles on this cake on my Instagram account.  I am iambaker.

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  • vincent de silva says:


  • Clarissa Demmert says:

    Love it it’s beautiful. Question how to you keep cakes from tipping over being so many layers. Do you put those rods in?

    • Amanda says:

      Nope! A six layer cake shouldn’t fall over… unless there is just one piece remaining on the cake stand. And then I just would recommend eating it! 🙂

  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says:

    Happy birthday sweet Audrey!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety!

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    WOW!!! You make beautiful cakes. I am sure she loved it.


  • Amy @Very Culinary says:

    A few years ago I made Haley cry because I found Hello Kitty shaped pie cutters and themed her birthday party around that because I HAD TO USE THEM! In the end, she loved her party, but I’ll never hear the end of how she desperately wants a princess party. This cake is gorgeous!! And it was only sightly late for my own birthday on the 18th. High five to Audrey, my fellow Sagittarius 🙂

  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says:

    This cake is beautiful, Amanda! Loving all the colors! Happy birthday to Audrey!

  • Missy says:

    Beautiful cake and I love your story too 🙂

  • Theresa says:

    Happy Birthday Indeed! But I have to say the first thing I thought of was “where did she get that cake stand?” Love it all! Merry Holiday Season to you and yours! xoxo Theresa

  • Catherine says:

    Great job as usual! The cake is gorgeous and the stand…….WOW…. I know why your insides were screaming that you had to have it. It is beautiful and totally matches the cake! Fabulous as always!
    Happy Birthday to Audrey and a very merry Christmas and happy new year to you and your family!

  • Katrina @ WVS says:

    This is so fun!!! Happy birthday Audrey!

  • michelle says:

    amanda, so beautiful, and more so since it’s so full of love! I love making the cakes for my kiddos’ birthdays and I hope its something they will always remember as they get older. Merry Christmas!

  • Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolate says:

    This looks like the perfect, pretty cake for a 5 year old. Happy birthday to your daughter and Merry Christmas!

  • Julie says:

    What size decorating tool did you use?

  • Shelly says:

    So lovely and definitely befitting a proper princess birthday! The love is shining through. 🙂

  • Rumana says:

    Awesome work done…

  • Junette Elise says:

    I want to bake this cake. Can i have a tutorial please??

  • Lamia says:

    Beautiful please i want the recipes

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    This is such a perfect cake for a birthday princess! It’s lovely! And I think I would have been begging for that cake stand, too. Gorgeous!!

  • Mellybrown says:

    Oh I just love this colorful cake! You give me the best ideas — I am excellent at copying others work but not great at coming up with my own ideas. So is this like a half rose? Whenever you have time I would love to see a little tutorial or detail on the piping. Thank you for your sweet site and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Diana says:

    Can you post how you made that flower design? My daughter wants this cake for her birthday
    This month. Is there a tutorial?

    • Amanda says:

      Its very similar to my rose cake tutorial, just simply make a smaller “rosette”.

  • Mercedes says:

    Unbelievably beautiful! what a special birthday cake for your special girl!

  • Tenns @ New Mama Diaries says:

    Gorgeous cake and perfect for a little girl’s birthday!

  • samantha says:

    How did you pipe it like that with out the colors mixing or frosting melting?

  • Pam Randolph says:

    The post of FB said there was a recipe. Is there? Or does one just make a bunch of cakes, coloring each one a different color, then assemble them in a stack, and put the icing roses on the assembled cake?

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, thats about it! 🙂

  • Greitcha Smith says:

    Lovely. Rainbow cakes always bring a smile to people’s faces!