How to make the rainbow cake of your child’s dreams in 10 “Easy” Steps!

How to make the rainbow cake of your child’s dreams in 10 “Easy” Steps!

Speaking from experience, don’t Pinterest and plan… okay fine, that’s pretty much what it’s for but be warned, it’s never as easy as it looks.

The goal: A homemade, six-layer, frosted rainbow cake.

  • Step 1. Grossly over-estimate your hypothetical baking skills after binge watching every season of The Great British Bake Off.
  • Step 2. Spend several hours thoroughly browsing Pinterest going down a decorated baked goods rabbit hole, further solidifying your unrealistic baking goal.
  • Step 3. Spend hundreds of dollars on supplies, making multiple trips around town, because obviously you expect to be so good at this that you’re definitely going to be doing it for every special occasion in the future.
  • Step 4. Begin baking the first layer, luring yourself into a false sense of security that this cake was a reasonable undertaking.
  • Step 5. Bake several more layers and commence with (what will turn out to be) a considerable amount of overt swearing.
  • Step 6. Ponder how you’re already four hours in and only half way done. Determine there is no turning back now. Start questioning every life decision you’ve ever made up to this point.
  • Step 7. Realize you have to make an ungodly amount of frosting and contemplate if you’ve somehow entered a weird stage of purgatory.
  • Step 8. Complete, cool, and frost the freakishly large cake as your toddler impatiently insists on dumping copious amounts of sprinkles over the entirety of the kitchen. Scream internally.
  • Step 9. Attempt to transport the monstrosity to the party venue utilizing the most delicate driving maneuvers of your life.
  • Step 10. Sing the song. Cut the cake. Bask in the praises of the crowd as you humbly insist, “It was nothing.”

See? It’s all lemon squeezy!

Katie Carrick lives in Beaverton with her husband, two young children, and their yappy but loveable dog, Mendel. She’s a former clinical scientist who now works as a freelance writer. For more information visit