i’ve got two words for you: rainbow cake. no, three: rainbow swirl cake. this badass confection is so much fun to make, but even more fun to make. i made this for a coworker’s birthday, and suffice it to say, she was a happy girl with a happy tummy as soon as we cut this bad boy open.
rainbow cakes look a lot more intimidating to make than they actually are. there are a myriad of great tutorials out there, so i’ll spare you the details and just link you here. basically, just make yourself some damn good yellow cake*, split the batter into bowls, color each bowl, then drop the different colors into concentric circles in your cake pans.
*my go to cake recipe is smitten kitchen’s “best birthday cake” – you can’t go wrong with this recipe. don’t attempt to taste the batter, because before you know it, you’ll have slurped down half of the bowl. this shit is GOOD. you’ll need cake flour – i like swan’s down brand. it comes in a red box with yellow cake on the front, so it’s hard to miss. cake flour is finer, so it makes for fluffier, all around better cakes/cupcakes. go for the real thing, you won’t regret it.