Rainbow Butter Cake: Take 1

For months my mom has been telling me about the rainbow butter cake my grandma used to make, and how delicious it was. The concept seemed intriguing and I began to feel jealous that my gram had never before made it for me. So in an attempt to learn myself we scheduled a baking day with my aunt for this past Saturday. Although we never got around to making the cake and will have to reschedule, I can only hope it will turn out something like this:

Check out the recipe!

1 cup butter
1 ½ cups sugar
4 eggs (5 if small)
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
3 ¼ cups flour
1 cup milk
4 teaspoons single-acting baking powder
1 tablespoon double-acting baking powder
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs and beat five minutes or until fluffy. Add flavoring. Add combined flour and baking powder alternately with milk. Beat only until smooth – do not overbeat.

Separate batter into three portions and color with red, green, and yellow (or colors of your choice) food coloring.

Grease angel food cake pan well on bottom and around tube – lightly on sides – sprinkle with flour.

Pour red into the tube pan, then green, then yellow.

Pan should be a little more than half full.

Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Then raise to 375 degrees and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer – or until a cake tester comes out clean.

If anyone out there feel ambitious enough to make this cake, I would love to see photos!

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4 responses to “Rainbow Butter Cake: Take 1

  1. what if you baked each layer separately and then place them on top of each other? Isn’t that what’s depicted in the photo or are you going by your aunt’s recipe? I just wonder if the different colors will blend together when in the same pan.

  2. Dad

    I will buy the ingredients I just would like to have my own and not have to share with anyone except Frazier HA

  3. Auntie M

    Darling, that is not the rainbow butter cake your grandma and I used to make. I have the original recipie in the original cookbook. When did you make a date with me to make it? I don’t remember.

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