Rainbow Cake for Birthdays or Parshat Noach

I just looked back and realized it has been a month since I’ve hosted a Recipe Exchange. Then again, it’s been a month since we’ve had a normal Friday! So hopefully you can forgive me.

I’m getting back on the wagon today with a (hopefully) fun-themed topic: Colorful kosher recipes.

You know what I mean, right? The eye “candy” ones that look so pretty and bright and vibrant. Whether it’s a simple bean salad dressed up with multi-colored peppers and minced cilantro or a broccoli dish tossed with vibrant red sundried tomatoes and shiny purple (red) onions.

The idea for a colorful recipe exchange came to me while chatting with my 6 year-old about his rainbow art projects for Parshat Noach this week… but then I saw that the wonderful Joy of Kosher had shared an awesome rainbow-themed menu. Definitely go check out Joy of Kosher for more menu inspiration.

I came across the recipe I am sharing today via Joy of Kosher, who introduced me to a fabulous new (to me) blogger. Meet Kitchen Tested, a blog written by Melinda Strauss and devoted to cooking original, experimental and adventurous recipes and making them accessible for your own kitchen. And everything is kosher!

Melinda’s blog is great – and as promised, savory and adventurous. You will love her recipes, I am sure!

Today we’re going less savory, though, and a lot more sweet, to celebrate one of my favorite parshiot with this Rainbow Layer Cake from Kitchen Tested.


  • vegetable spray
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted margarine, room temperature
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk, room temperature
  • red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple gel food coloring

*for the frosting, you can make homemade buttercream (you’ll need 8 cups) or just use 3-4 containers of Dunkin Hines vanilla frosting

For directions and cooking reflections, go check out Melinda’s blog!


Your seven-layer cake will look lovely as is…

… but cutting into it reveals the true wow!

I can’t wait to read all your colorful recipes! Please link up using the linky – or share your recipes in the comments section.

B’tayavon and Shabbat Shalom.


  1. Gorgeous!! I am inspired….maybe not for this week, but the future. Very very fun!

  2. That is so very pretty!!!! Love it!

  3. The layered chopped salad in Kosher by Design (p.76, I think) provides a very colorful effect–and it tastes great, too.

    But is it as delicious as rainbow cake? I’ll let you decide.

  4. We’re doing a rainbow fruit and veggie plate. We’ve got something for all the colors! Goes well with animal crackers for shalesheudos. đŸ™‚

  5. In the past I have made rainbow jello. You use a mold and put in a layer of colored jello (the kosher kind of course!), then let that sit in the fridge until firm before you add the next layer. It takes a long time, but it turns out gorgeous!

  6. I thought about making a rainbow dessert, but with a work deadline on Thursday opted not to, after all. Maybe something with a lech-lecha theme for next week…?

    Your cake came out beautifully, and I’m sure your kids LOVED it.

  7. My daughter made this. Really cute, but TOO much sweet icing.

  8. I actually did make this, not for LechLecha, but for my nieces birthday. It was a big hit. It took a little bit a of work – or shall I say a bit more than I usually do. My only error was I had the oven set on convection BROIL when I cooked the red layer. Who knew there was convection broil? I had to peel the broiled part off, making for a much thinner red layer.

    The kids LOVED it. I agree there was too much frosting. I must confess, I made a Ghiradelli chocolate/chocolate cake at the same time for the adults. So we had our treat and the kids had theirs! It was win/win all the way around.

  9. esti reichman says

    made it last year, alot of work and looked pretty, but tastes pretty awful…

  10. Linda Howard says

    It looks so good. Will for sure be making it


  1. […] a treat that could be made for  Shabbat dessert, HERE, a fun ‘parsha’ snack HERE and this would be deliciously colorful Shabbat dessert too!  You’ll also find some fun parsha projects HERE and HERE.  These are just some ideas […]

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