June 25, 2015

Pretty Princess Rainbow Cake

Pretty Princess Rainbow Cake - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Months before my gal pal Hannah’s birthday, she mentioned a love for all things Princess and Ballerina, and I wanted to top last year’s shenHANNAHgans (see what I did there?) of all things FROZEN, Olaf featured heavily.

Hannah & Anna

After a few minutes on Pinterest, BINGO… I struck gold. This year I was going to create a pretty princess rainbow birthday cake. Now at first this did seem I had set myself quite the challenge, but seriously folks, the most time consuming part of the whole process was waiting for the cakes to cool. 

I used a simple butter cake recipe, but for the time poor baker, you could (if you must) use packet mix, they are stress-free and they taste pretty good too, or aahhm, so I’m told.

For the (Barbie, Lotti, Bratz) doll –I used a new one so that it could be a gift for the birthday girl too. You will need to wrap her (the doll) in plastic to make her food friendly before you stick her into the cake.

Pretty Princess Rainbow Cake

Birthday celebrations mean cake, so wow the ‘kids’ with this impressive creation!

Place the 2 rounds with the bowl on top, and carefully push her into the centre of the cake. Now for the fun, spoon your coloured icing into a pastry bag and pipe in rows or at random. For those fashionistas out there, this is your opportunity to shine, you can let your style creativity run wild and dress her in whatever you like, can you see the eccentric quirks in my personality? 

There is nothing quite like the look of joy on a Princess loving gal’s face, be she 5 or 25, than presenting her with her very own fantastic and fabulous, charming and chic, magical and marvellous pretty princess rainbow cake. Simply nothing!

Add a few drops of colour to create a magical rainbow cake that is sure to impress everyone!

So there you have it! A magnificent, SIMPLE Cake to delight the Princess lover in your life! Enjoy!

I’d love to know, did you celebrate birthdays in an epic way as a child? Do you make things from scratch or are you a box food buyer? And if you could have any kind of birthday cake you wanted, what would it be?

  • 500g butter, softened
  • 2 cup caster sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla essence
  • 6 eggs
  • 5 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • Food colouring – Red, Blue, Yellow, Green
  • 375g softened butter
  • 4 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Food colouring – Red, Blue, Yellow, Green
  • 1 x Barbie Doll
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease and lightly flour 2 x 20cm round cake tins + 1 x bowl – I used a small stainless steel bowl – About 15cm round.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, caster sugar and vanilla in a large bowl on medium – high speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating to combine. Add half the flour. Stir to combine. Add half the milk. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
  4. Divide mixture evenly into 5 different bowls, add colouring and stir to combine.
  5. Dollop mixture into prepared pans accordingly – There was no real method in how I divided the colours up. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat butter in a bowl until pale. Gradually add icing sugar mixture and milk, beating constantly until combined.
  2. Divide mixture evenly into 5 different bowls, add colouring and stir to combine.
  1. Place 2 rounds together and top with the bowl cake.
  2. Wrap Barbie in Cling Film from the waist down and gently push through the middle of the cakes.
  3. Spoon different coloured icing into piping bag with small star nozzle.
  4. Hold the bag at 90° angle (straight up) with tip about 1/8 in. above surface. Squeeze the bag to form star. Stop pressure and pull tip straight up and away.
  5. Pipe in rows or at random.
  6. Reload bag accordingly.

Before piping, ensure cakes are cold.
Do not overload the piping bag, do small sections at a time.
To avoid icing colour getting too dark, you may have multiple piping bags in action.

Pretty Princess Rainbow Cake - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Cakespy - July 25, 2015 Reply

FREAKING AMAZING!!! I love this cake. I wish you could make me one for my upcoming birthday!

    Anna - July 25, 2015 Reply

    WOWZA… Thank ya very much, that is a huge compliment. 🙂
    I so wish I could make you a Princess cake for your birthday too.

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Dedy@Dentist Chef - July 14, 2015 Reply

wow, stunning work of art!!!

    Anna - July 14, 2015 Reply

    Thanks my friend! The cake sure did turn out wonderfully! 🙂

Norma Chang - July 9, 2015 Reply

Wow, so creative, love, love the colors of the skirt. I was hoping you had posted a photo of your friend’s face when she first saw the cake. Don’t think I could cut into such a gorgeous cake.

    Anna - July 10, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Norma. I was rather chuffed with the way it turned out. I wanted to post a picture of Hannah holding her cake, but I didn’t have enough hands to present and photo, but…. I can tell you she was over the moon, even got a bit misty she was that touched. 🙂 Everyone was eager to see the insides of the cake, and eat it too, so cutting wasn’t an issue. LOL!

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - July 8, 2015 Reply

What a pretty, girly cake. I made one for my daughter Hannah about a couple of years ago but with butterflies on top…and she loved it.
I agree with you. Great is to eat what makes one happy. I bet your friend had a wonderful b-day.

    Anna - July 9, 2015 Reply

    Yep, it sure turned out beautifully, my gal pal was most pleased. Lots of happy faces in the office that afternoon. 🙂
    Ohhh, did you blog about the rainbow butterfly cake? Will have a hunt around for the recipe. I bet it went down a treat.

Liz - July 8, 2015 Reply

One of my best friends always had a cake like this for her birthday made by her mom! We were always in awe. Love that you made it even more fun with the bright rainbow colors—what a work of art!!

    Anna - July 8, 2015 Reply

    My Mom said that porcelain dolls were used when she was growing up, and the cake was always simple, a sponge or butter cake without the colour. She too loved the addition of the rainbow. 🙂 Thank you kindly for your words. Rather chuffed I am. 🙂

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - July 5, 2015 Reply

This is cool. I love a bit of kitsch in the kitchen and you nailed it!

    Anna - July 5, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya! And I reckon you are right, I was rather chuffed with the final product, as was the birthday girl. 🙂

Cakelaw - July 5, 2015 Reply

What a great cake! It is so bright and colourful, and it is a good idea to make the doll a gift too.

    Anna - July 5, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya! Most kind of you to say. 🙂 It really was a wonderfully bright and beautiful cake, and the doll in the cake went down a super treat too. 🙂 Massive friend points were indeed scored.

Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe - July 4, 2015 Reply

Wow that is a diva of a cake! I wanted these sorts of cakes when I was a kid and it was always just a sponge cake but I did appreciate having a friend who made me a few fun cakes as a student – now I make my own if I feel like it and love making fun cakes for my daughter.

    Anna - July 5, 2015 Reply

    Yep, was a bit the same in my household, many of the birthday cakes were sponge, think thats why I go so nuts for birthdays these days. I bet your daughter is spoilt rotten with your baking, not a sponge in sight. LOL! 🙂

John/Kitchen Riffs - July 2, 2015 Reply

We’re definitely bake from scratch, but have nothing against mixes. Whatever works, works. Anyway, such a pretty cake! Love the colors. And I’ll bet I’d love the flavor even more. 😉

    Anna - July 2, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, I love to get my bake on, and will always try to make from scratch, but the packet mixes have saved my bacon a number of times too.
    I reckon you would have enjoyed the excessive overload of sweet this cake offered. Everyone in my office did. 🙂

Glamorous Glutton - June 30, 2015 Reply

What a fab cake, your friend must have been delighted! It doesn’t sound too difficult either. Love all the colours you’ve used. I make my cakes from scratch and it’s rarely the same one twice! The Glams use birthdays as a cake challenge! GG

    Anna - June 30, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya GG! 🙂
    Yep, Hannah was super excited and delighted by the Princess rainbow cake. Lots of squeals of glee were heard in the office that afternoon.
    Ohhh, that is awesome, I love that you all challenge each other to produce the most impressive cake.

cityhippyfarmgirl - June 30, 2015 Reply

I am NOT showing my three year old this cake Anna! Not!
Did your friend love it to bits 🙂
Favourite birthday cake is still Lemon Meringue Pie (unfortunately not even close to a cake…actually maybe I should make it into a cake? oooh yes!)

    Anna - June 30, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha! Okay, maybe when she turns 4. LOL! 🙂
    Yep, Hannah loved it. Her face lit up, and then there was squeals of ‘OMGeeee!’, ‘WOW’, “WhaaaaaT!’.
    Love me some lemon desserts too. When you make it into a cake (excellent idea), I want in on that. YARM!

Shikha (whywasteannualleave) - June 30, 2015 Reply

That cake looks absolutely amazing! I’m a sucker for all things colourful so would absolutely love this for any celebration! ☺

    Anna - June 30, 2015 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS Shikha, it really did turn out a treat, most pleased with myself I am. LOL! I think you are right, it would work for any kind of celebration, well the rainbow innards would. 🙂

Monique@The Urban Mum - June 30, 2015 Reply

Oh I am a baker, it doesn’t doesn’t seem to feel right not making a cake as they really are easy to whip up – however anything made with love (box or otherwise) is a good thing…what an amazing friend you are, this cake looks just melt in your mouth divine. My fav is something with fresh cream or loads of cream cheese icing…x

    Anna - June 30, 2015 Reply

    I couldnt agree more Monique. All for celebrating, especially with cake. 🙂
    Thank you very much for your kind comment, my gal pal Hannah was rather chuffed, actually, the whole office was happy to tuck into the rainbow.

    YES to cream cheese icing. 🙂 Mmmm!

Tim UrbanDuniya - June 29, 2015 Reply

Wow, those colours!!! how beautiful!! I bet it tasted as good as it looks! 😀 nice work my friend 🙂

    Anna - June 30, 2015 Reply

    It was crazy delicious Tim, and delightful to watch as everyone enjoyed. Something about all the colour that had us all smiling and giggling like a bunch of kids. #best

Ala - June 29, 2015 Reply

OH I’m so sad I didn’t comment on this earlier, but this cake is AMAZING! All those colors remind me of the rainbow we saw in the sky before sunset this evening. Absolutely gorgeous, saving this one for sure!

    Anna - June 29, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya. I am most pleased you enjoyed my princess cake. 🙂 It really did go down a treat with the birthday girl.
    Yes, we have been getting some rather pretty sunsets this end too.
    Let me know when you make the cake.
    Happy week ahead to you. xox

Bam's Kitchen - June 29, 2015 Reply

Anna, you are the most awesome friend! I bet she was super happy and surprised to have such a fun cake and gathering. I must say this cake is over the top and really am amazed on how you did the whole swirled frosting colours and tie dyed cake inside. Very cool! Maybe next year you can make me a really cool tiger striped cake… LOL Sharing, of course!

    Anna - June 29, 2015 Reply

    Haha! I think I am the lucky one, Miss Hannah is one of the best pals I have, so supportive of all my shenannagans. 🙂
    She was delighted when I placed the cake down in front of her, she kept saying ‘WhaaaaT!’ LOL!
    The cake itself was really easy to create, literally just put dollops of colour. You could run a knife gently through the cake if you wanted more of a swirl affect.
    YES…. I am so making you a tiger striped cake for your birthday, we will figure out the logistics of getting it to you closer to the date. 🙂
    Thanks for sharing. You are amazing. xo

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - June 26, 2015 Reply

What an amazing cake. I only bake from scratch and for birthdays a simple cake will do 🙂

    Anna - June 26, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Tandy! 🙂 Awesome, and yes…. I am good with cake in any form too. LOL!

Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella - June 26, 2015 Reply

Anna you’ve inspired me! I’ve always wanted to make one of these cakes 😀 I’m trying to think of the dress now!

    Anna - June 26, 2015 Reply

    Wawhoooo! I cant wait to see what you come up with. I bet she is dressed in something totally glamorous and gorgeous. 🙂

Agness - June 26, 2015 Reply

Girl, go go! You are always having so much fun :)!!

    Anna - June 26, 2015 Reply

    I do indeed try and make the very most of my days! Something about these colours that make most cheery too. 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - June 26, 2015 Reply

Haha you are so funny and amazing, just like this pretty princess cake! Now you made me think of other wild cake ideas….!

    Anna - June 26, 2015 Reply

    Nawh, thank you Miss Pamela! Cant wait to see what wild cake ideas you come up with. 🙂
    Have a fabulous weekend sweet lady, enjoy the sunshine and your amazing garden.

Mandy - June 26, 2015 Reply

Anna darling where the heck did my subscription to your blog go! I have resubscribed so here’s to that never happening again.
Been missing your energetic contagious awesomeness.
How brilliant is this cake! You are the best! We are going to have to experiment with a few recipes soon!
Have a beautiful day sweet Anna.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - June 26, 2015 Reply

    MANDY! I have missed you. Hugs! Mwah!
    I moved to another subscription platform, guess you got lost somewhere along the way. I am glad you found your way back tho. Hugs! Mwah!
    Yeah, the cake turned out a treat, rather proud of it I am.
    YES, I so look forward to cooking up a storm in your kitchen while we sip tea and catch up.
    Wishing you a splendid weekend. xox

Arpita@ The Gastronomic Bong - June 26, 2015 Reply

Ohh Anna!! Totally in love with the cake.. beautiful colourful layers.. just gorgeous! 🙂

    Anna - June 26, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, it turned out beautifully, I am rather proud of my baking/cake decorating prowess. 🙂

hassan - June 25, 2015 Reply

It’s tasty Anna. Great.
My wife says are Those colors are natural?

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Oh it was amazingly delicious Hassan. We were running on a sugar high for hours after eating it. 🙂
    No, not natural colourings for this cake. It was an overload of sweets and not so good for you eating.

Amanda (@lambsearshoney) - June 25, 2015 Reply

Wow – what a great friend you are. It’s been ages since I’ve seen a rainbow cake (I can never go past chocolate) and this one, er, takes the cake.

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Why thank ya! However I reckon I am the lucky one having such amazing friends like Miss Hannah. 🙂
    Yeah, I love a decadent, chocolate on chocolate cake myself. Mmmmm!
    Haha! You are too kind. Thanks Amanda.

Elizabeth - June 25, 2015 Reply

Birthdays… LOVE THEM… don’t care how old I am, I have many “get togethers” that start before and last way after my birthday. You see, I would rather have many parties than just one, where I don’t get to talk to everyone! You are a good friend making that lovely cake Have a great weekend… How is mussamen man? 🙂 Liz xx

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Meeee Tooooo! Love birthdays, a day/week/month dedicated to you. #best Like you, I go all out and have many parties, gatherings, dos to celebrate. 🙂
    And making my pals birthdays great is nearly as fun as celebrating my own day, so making the cake was a delight for me.
    Wishing you a super weekend too. xox
    And Mr Massaman (affectionately known as The Perfect +1) is doing pretty alright.

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - June 25, 2015 Reply

Oh, Anna – I thought I was back in my childhood – my grandmother always made our birthday cakes and mine was always a rainbow cake! She also used to make princess cake – not quite a brightly iced as yours but so similar I couldn’t believe. She actually had porcelain upper ladies that got stuck in the cake!

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Your grandmother sounds wonderful, how special she made you amazing rainbow birthday cakes, especially cool you got porcelain dolls too. I remember those, I had a couple, very glam. 🙂

Hannah - June 25, 2015 Reply

Thank you for the most amazing birthday!!!
I love love love love loved the cake!!!!
You are the best!!!!!!

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    You are most welcome! Glad you had a super time and that you loved the cake.
    Thanks for being in my world lady. You rock!

Mabel Kwong - June 25, 2015 Reply

Amazing cake, Anna. On the inside and outside, wow. Spectacular effort and I have no doubt it tasted really good. Talented girl you are.

As a kid, I remember my parents throwing me a couple of birthday parties. Can’t remember what went on, but it was a while ago. What I do remember is one of my brother’s birthdays – my mum made him a cream and smarties cake! :'( He’s definitely the favourite child, haha!

These days, I don’t celebrate my birthday anymore…but my parents did surprise me with Breadtop chocolate mouse cake this year. Hope you are doing well!

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Nawh, thanks little one. xox

    It really did turn out spectacularly. I was rather chuffed and most pleased with my efforts. 🙂

    Ha, funny the way we remember our siblings getting the special treatment, I think I was lucky tho, mine and the bro’s birthday were close together so we often celebrated together. But I would have been jelly of a cream and smarties cake too.

    Breadtop Chocolate Mousse Cake = YES!

    Im great, have a super dooper weekend. Big squishy hugs. Mwah.

Elias - June 25, 2015 Reply

Love it Anna! Inspiring design to please girls and women of all ages! Making me think what I can do to surprise the daughters at their next birthday

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Thanks HEAPS Elias. 🙂
    And yes, the girls would totally love it, its so pretty and fun and happy.
    Happy baking my friend.

Raymund - June 25, 2015 Reply

Now that it really pretty, if my daughter was 5 years younger I will make this for her Bday

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Raymund! My mate Hannah, she just turned 25, so the whole age thing REALLY doesn’t matter, it will appeal to the little girl in every woman. 🙂
    Have a rippa weekend my friend.

Ciao Florentina - June 25, 2015 Reply

Wow ! Look at those colors ! I’m in love, it looks a lot like my closet haha

    Anna - June 25, 2015 Reply

    Bahaha! My cupboard too. 🙂

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