My youngest daughter just turned 6 last week.
She wanted a Rainbow Ice Cream Cake for her dessert, and it was one of the easiest cakes I have ever made. I’m not a guru cake decorator, and even I thought this was easy. We also like more ice cream than cake, so we loved that there were 2 layers of ice cream!
For my daughter’s rainbow cake, I did six different colors. There’s not much difference between the colors indigo and voilet, and a 6 year old doesn’t care any way.
This is how I made our rainbow ice cream cake:
- I cut 3 circles out of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of my 8″ round cake pans. I put the parchment paper in the bottom of my cake pans and sprayed the sides of the pan with a cooking spray.
- Next, I took a yellow cake mix and mixed it up according to the directions on the back of the box. I used an Aldi cake mix, but any standard size cake mix will do.
- I divided the cake mix into 3 even portions. I have three 2 cup measuring cups, so I made sure I had equal portions of cake mix.
- Then I colored each portion a different color. One portion was red, one was yellow, and one was blue.
- I poured the cake mix into the three prepared pans and baked according to the box’s directions. I did check the cake 5-10 minutes earlier than what the box said for 8″ pans as the cake is not as thick as it would be if you were using two 8″ pans.
- After cooling the cakes in their pans, I leveled the red and yellow layers to make sure that would stack nice. Those two layers of cake cannot have rounded tops.
- Then I took the cakes out of the pans, washed the pans and prepared to do the ice cream layers.
- For the ice cream layers, I cut 8″ parchment paper circles to fit in the bottom of two 8″ pans.
- I colored vanilla ice cream orange and green for the orange and green layers, but you could just buy orange and green sherbet. I put the ice cream in the 8″ cake pans and re-froze it so that it would be the right size. I also froze the cakes.
- After everything was frozen, I took out all the layers and assembled them just like a rainbow:
ROY G. BIV: Red cake was on the bottom, then orange ice cream, then the yellow layer of cake, then green ice cream, then the blue layer of cake was on top. I then refroze the cake.
- After it was solid, I made a purple glaze frosting for the top. I didn’t want a thick frosting as the cake and ice cream would be sweet enough. I also didn’t want to totally cover up the cake as I wanted my daughter to be able to tell that it was a rainbow ice cream cake.
I found this recipe for the glaze, but I changed it up some:
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 2 - 2 1/2 tablespoons milk Start off with only 2 Tablespoons and add more if needed.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Tablespoon corn syrup
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- food coloring if desired
Melt the butter and add to rest of ingredients. Beat until creamy.
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