Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fruit Flavored Rainbow Cake, No Food Coloring Added


March didn't exactly roar in like a lion, but if it was a lamb, it was a soggy, wet, gray-skied lamb. We decided to celebrate (optimistically) anyway, with our usual, beginning of spring, slice of rainbow cake.

This year, I decided to try something different, and used fruit to flavor, and color the cake.

Strawberry = Red
Orange (juice + zest) = Orange
Lemon (juice + zest) = Yellow
Kiwi = Green
Grape juice = Grayish Blue
Blueberries = Purple

I mixed up a Betty Crocker, Golden Vanilla Cake Mix, with the eggs, and oil called for on the box, but leaving out the water, giving me a thick batter, to divide into six bowls.


I mashed the fruit...


...and added just under 1/4 of fruit, and juice to each bowl, in place of the water.


If you really wanted a clear, rainbow look to your cake, you could add a drop, or two of food coloring to each bowl, too.

I wanted to see how it would bake up without food coloring, so went ahead and blopped the batter, one bowl's worth on top of the next, from red to purple, into the center of a 9'' spring-form pan.


Then, I baked the cake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, according to the direction on the cake mix box...


...and frosted it with a well whipped, cloud of butter frosting (1/3 cup softened butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 2 tablespoons of milk).


The colors weren't super distinct, but each bite held a separate, fruity surprise, perfect for spring, even if the weather was not.


It's great to be a homeschooler.

16 comments:

learning ALL the time!!/Susan said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love the rainbow theme lately :0)

Butterfly said...

Yum!! Wish we lived next door. :)

Ticia said...

That looks pretty cool.

And sounds like it tasted yummy.

Phyllis said...

Sounds like it would taste divine!

Debbie said...

You just made me hungry for Kiwi.

Marcee said...

Looks yummy! How did your spring cleaning go?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Marcee - I got completely caught up on laundry, even the extra socks are gone - cleaned out two drawers, half a closet, and that space under the oven drawer - yuck! Then the clouds rolled in, and I decided to go back to baking :)

Christy said...

I love this!

SweetandSimpleThings said...

I love that you made this with natural coloring!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

This sounds very yummy! I was considering a rainbow salad instead with very similar ingredients.

Sippy Cup Central Mom said...

Great job! Karen

phasejumper said...

Looks delicious! I made a rainbow cake last year with food coloring. It looked pretty but I bet yours tasted WAY better!

Becky said...

I recently made a rainbow cake with fruit purees and it did actually come out brighter than this. I wondered about the difference and noticed that in my recipe the fruit substitutes cup-for-cup for most of the butter (or oil, in your case) so there would be more fruit in mine.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Becky - Good to know! Next time I'll try replacing both the water, and oil with the fruit.

Becky said...

PS some of my fruits were different: strawberry with a tiny bit of beetroot, apricot, peas (with lime zest), blueberry, cherry. Only had 5 layers.

Sara said...

I made it and it was great, even if I could only see a few of the colors. I will definitely add fruit from now on!
http://skeesblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/rainbow-cake.html