Rainbow Swirl Cake with a tie-dye frosting.

What is it about the rainbow that give people an immense sense of happiness ?Colours influence perception. Colours have a huge psychological effect on our emotional well being !

Vibrant colours gives an instant pick me up !

This rainbow swirl cake is my personal favourite children’s birthday cake ! It just makes everyone so happy being around it .. choose the colours well to evoke a feeling of warmth and happiness in every bite ! ❤️


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

4 tbsp cornflour

2 tsps baking powder

a pinch of baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup unsalted softened butter

1 cup granulated sugar

4 eggs

2 tsps pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup plain yoghurt

Food colouring ( gel ) – 4 colours

Method :

Preheat oven to 175 C .

Sieve flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. ( Creaming method ). Add eggs one at a time. Add vanilla . Add flour and yoghurt alternatively. ( beginning and ending with flour always). Fold in .

Rainbow swirls :

Divide batter into 4 bowls, mix different colours of your choice in different bowls by adding a drop of the colour ( I use a toothpick) into the batter.

In a prepared ( greased with butter and dusted with flour ) 10 inch pan put dollops of different colours in a random way until you use up all the batter. (ensuring same colour dollops don’t come together. ) With a wooden skewer or tooth pick, swirl the batter gently couple of times, ensuring you don’t over mix.

Bake for 25 – 30 mins till done .

Tie – Dye Frosting


Confectioners sugar sieved – 2 cups

Unsalted butter – 1/2 cup

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Pure Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Milk if needed to get the desired consistency.

Food Colouring (gel) -4 colours.

Piping bag – 1

Star Nozzle – 1

Method :

Mix all the frosting ingredients together except the food colouring. Divide the icing into 4 bowls and colour as desired. Snip the piping bag in one corner and drop in the icing nozzle. Add spoons full of different frosting colours alternatively into the piping bag. Push gently down to get a tie dye effect frosting .

Add a pinch of love ❤️ :

Make rainbow swirl cup cakes with the same recipe along with the the tie dye frosting piped ! It’s a sure heart stealer. It’s happiness in a bite.

Rainbow cake is made similarly by dividing the batter into 7 bowls and adding the rainbow colours into each bowl separately. Double the recipe and bake in 6 inch pans. Sandwich frosting between each layer.

Enjoy baking ❤️