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OUT OF AFRICA’s Rainbow Layer Cake


Recipe Info

  • Yield : 1 batch
  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 40m

To celebrate our 30th Issue at OUT OF AFRICA, we created this recipe. This is a stunning and sensational cake, perfect for a celebration or birthday. Make it memorable with this show-stopper.


  • 125g butter, softened, plus a little extra for greasing
  • 225g plain flour
  • 150g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • edible food colouring (paste or liquid) - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, good quality is essential
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 750g plain cream cheese
  • 350g icing sugar


Step 1

Heat oven to 180. Grease 6 x 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases with baking parchment. Alternatively do it in batches and wash tins in between baking. Tip all the sponge ingredients, apart from the food colouring, into a mixing bowl, then beat with an electric whisk until smooth.

Step 2

Working quickly, weigh the mixture into another bowl to work out the total weight, then weigh exactly by 6 and divide into 6 small bowls. Pick 6 of your colours and stir a little into each mix. Keep going until you are happy with the colour! You need to be confident with this!

Step 3

Scrape the different batters into the tins, trying to spread and smooth as much as possible. Bake in batches on the same oven shelf for 12 mins until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Step 4

Gently turn the cakes out onto a wire rack to cool.

Step 5

To make the icing, very briefly beat the vanilla and cream cheese or mascarpone with an electric whisk until smooth. Sift in the icing sugar and gently fold in with a spatula. Be gentle and do not overmix, it will make the icing become too runny.

Step 6

Smear a little icing on your cake stand or plate – just a small amount to start to stick to the first sponge. Start with the red, then spread with some icing right to the very edge. Repeat, sandwiching on top the orange, yellow, green, blue and finally purple sponges.

Step 7

Spread the remaining icing thickly all over the sides and top of the cake.

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