Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 10 Mins
Yield
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 slice)

Cake the rainbow.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare the Cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 5 (8-inch) round cake pans. Stir together cake mix, water, oil and eggs until fully incorporated and batter is not lumpy.

Step 2

Divide batter among 5 bowls (about 1 1/2 cups per bowl). In 1 bowl, add strawberry gelatin powder and 2 drops of red food coloring or until desired color. In second bowl, combine lemon powder and yellow food coloring until desired color. In third bowl, combine orange powder and orange food coloring until desired color. In forth bowl, combine lime powder and green food coloring until desired color. In fifth bowl, combine grape powder and purple food coloring until desired color. 

Step 3

Pour individual batters into prepared cake pans, and bake in preheated oven until wooden pick inserted comes out with moist crumbs, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely. Flatten tops of cakes by trimming off rounded tops. 

Step 4

Prepare the Frosting: While cakes cook, beat butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until fluffy and lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar, and beat until smooth and fully combined. Scoop about 3 tablespoons of frosting into each of 5 small bowls. Color 1 bowl with 1 drop of red food coloring, 1 bowl with orange, 1 bowl with yellow, 1 bowl with green, and 1 bowl with purple. Set aside for decorating.

Step 5

Place the red cake layer on a cake plate, and spread a thin layer of the remaining uncolored frosting on top. Top with the orange cake layer, and spread a thin layer of uncolored frosting on top. Repeat process with yellow cake layer, then green. Place a clean, empty, skinny can with top and bottom removed (such as an asparagus can) on center top of 4 cake layers. Press can down through all 4 layers, and remove to create a hollowed-out center. Discard cake center or reserve for another use. Fill inside of cake with Skittles. Spread a thin layer of uncolored frosting on fourth cake layer. Top with purple cake layer, and spread a thin layer of uncolored frosting on top and sides of cake. Refrigerate 30 minutes. 

Step 6

Meanwhile, drop 2 to 3 drops of blue food coloring in remaining frosting until desired color. Remove cake from refrigerator, and frost completely with blue frosting. 

Step 7

Fill 5 individual ziplock plastic bags or piping bags with each color of reserved frosting (1 color per bag), and pipe a rainbow on 1 side of the cake. Dab a little frosting on the sticky side of a marshmallow half, and stick it to the bottom of the rainbow, resembling clouds. Repeat with remaining marshmallows, 3 halves on each side of rainbow.

Step 8

Place all 5 bags of colored frostings in a large piping bag fitted with a star tip, and pipe a border on the top of the cake. Sprinkle any remaining Skittles around border of the cake. Slice cake, release the Skittles, and serve!

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