Gluten Free Rainbow Cake

gluten free rainbow cake


This Gluten Free Rainbow Cake with fluffy marshmallow frosting will brighten anyone’s day! It’s hard not to smile when you see what’s in store with a slice into this colorful treat!

And knowing it’s not nearly as hard to make as it looks, you’ll be smiling, too!

gluten free rainbow cake fluffy clouds frosting

gluten free rainbow cake with fluffy cloud frosting |

Once you’ve tried your hand at this layered rainbow technique, I’m sure you’ll find all sorts of fun new things to bake up. It’s not hard at all! Read on for the easy steps you’ll need.

I’ve had readers tell me they have made this rainbow cake into rainbow cupcakes with great success, so don’t be deterred if you don’t have a bundt pan.

gluten free rainbow cake

If you do want this fun rainbow effect though, use a bundt pan and spread every layer all the way side-to side in the bundt pan so that the cake layers will bow when it rises. 
Otherwise, it’s still quite fun and beautiful as a stripey-rainbow colored cake … and no less tasty!
gluten free rainbow cake slice| gfJules
This cake was baked without the layers going fully side to side (pictured below), and as you can see, it’s still quite stunning! 
Every slice is a different effect. I guess it’s almost like a Rainbow Surprise cake!
gluten free rainbow cake process collage | gfJules
Bake this happy gluten free rainbow cake however you like and spread the sunshine!

Yield: Serves 12

Gluten Free Rainbow Cake

Gluten Free Rainbow Cake

It's hard to make a more cheerful cake than a gluten free Rainbow Cake! And when it's also this delicious, topped with marshmallow "Cloud" frosting, it'll make you smile from the inside out!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


Rainbow Cake

  • 1 recipe gfJules' Birthday Cake (yellow cake)
  • 4-6 colors of food coloring (for natural food dye use India Tree brand or Color Garden, Color Kitchen, McCormick Nature's Inspiration, or Watkins Natural Food Coloring )

Fluffy As Clouds Frosting

  • 1 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract


To make the cake:

Pre-heat oven to 350º F (static) or 325º F (convection).  Spray bundt or tube pan with non-stick cooking spray and dust entire surface lightly with my gfJules™ Flour.

Combine the butter and your granulated sweetener of choice and beat well with your mixer’s paddle attachment, until the mixture is very light and fluffy (approximately 3-4 minutes).  Add the eggs (or see egg substitute instructions in recipe) next, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly add the milk, alternating with the dry ingredients, beating in between the additions. Beat just until smooth.

Divide batter into as many bowls as colors you are using. Return batter one at a time to mixer bowl and add food coloring, blending until desired color is achieved. Pour the batter into prepared (oiled and floured with gfJules Gluten Free Flour - recommended) pan, layering each color on top of the other. (Remember ROY G. BIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet = the colors of the rainbow, in that order!).

Bake bundt cake for 45 minutes, or cupcakes for approximately 25 minutes; test for doneness by inserting a cake tester or toothpick in the middle of the cake to be sure it comes out clean, with very few crumbs attached. Add time if necessary to fully bake the cake.

When done, turn off the oven and leave the oven door open to let the cake cool slowly there for 5 minutes or so, then remove the cake to a cooling rack.

After 15-20 minutes of total cooling time, gently invert the cake to remove prom the pan, then flip gently back onto the cooling rack.

Frost the cake only when fully cooled, or in the alternative, wrap the cake with wax paper or plastic wrap and seal inside freezer bags to freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.

To make the frosting:

Over medium heat, stir to combine sugar, water and cream of tartar in a small saucepan. Continue whisking together until the mixture bubbles and the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat immediately (the mixture may start to brown, but do not allow it to cook to dark brown or to burn).

Combine egg whites and vanilla in a mixer bowl. Slowly stir in the cooked sugar mixture with beaters on low. Increase mixer speed to high for 6 minutes, or until the frosting has whipped to stiff peaks when tested with a rubber spatula.

Frost cakes with a thick layer of Fluffy as Clouds Frosting, swirling designs using an off-set spatula for added dimension.

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This Gluten Free Rainbow Cake with fluffy marshmallow frosting will brighten anyone's day! And because it's actually easy to make, you'll smile, too!
Gluten Free Rainbow Cake by gfJules will brighten anyone's day. AND it's simple to make!



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    • Glad it was helpful! This is such a fun recipe to make, so if I can make the instructions easier to follow, then maybe even more folks will make this yummy gluten free rainbow cake!

  1. I admit, this one surprised me, but was good fun and I’d make it again. Using mostly egg whites for the cake gave it a nice fluffy almost angel food like texture. I expected the frosting to be more of a heavy merengue, but it was light and not too sweet. Things j would do differently – put the smallest amount of color on the bottom (aka first) and end with the largest amount (what was I thinking!?) I also need to be much more careful about how full I make the pan, as I’m using a toaster oven and and puffed too much, which meant take it out and slicing most of my purple off to avoid setting the whole thing on fire (whoopsy…). Definitely a fun cake though that I will definitely keep in my repertoire. Thanks Jules!

    • I love that you were able to pull off this cake even in a toaster oven!!! WOW, Holly, I’m super impressed!!! And yes, this icing is not too sweet — it’s lovely and light, like clouds! Thanks so much for sharing your picture! Despite having to cut off the purple entirely, your cake is still beautiful and the cake texture looks perfect!

  2. We don’t need rainbows pushed in our face every June. How about red, white and blue to honor D-Day and upcoming flag day.

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