With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this Sunday, we started to wonder if there were any St. Patty’s recipes or crafts we could call shenanigans on. Of course you can always go crazy with food coloring and make green cookies, green cupcakes, etc. but we were looking for something more involved. Then we found this little gem: a rainbow cake!! The original pin used colored fondant to make a rainbow on a sideways cake! We didn’t want to go through all the hassle of working with fondant, so we put on our thinking caps and figured out a way to alter this cake into an easier recipe. Then it came to us- we could use M&Ms! Here’s how our St Patrick’s Day cake turned out compared to the original.
Although our cake isn’t as clean cut and professional as the fondant cake, we think it’s pretty cute! We also like how it relates to St. Patrick Day, but could really be used any time of year if you need a pick-me-up! Here’s how we did it:
First we gathered our ingredients. You’ll need a box of cake mix, white icing, mini M&Ms and some food coloring.
Bake the cake according to the package direction in a circle pan. We actually only used half the cake mix because we wanted to use the rest for other shenanigans (get excited!), but you can certainly use the whole thing! Your cake will just be thicker than ours. After the cake is cool, cut each circle in half.
Ice the top of one of the half-circles of the cake with white icing. Now you’ll start the rainbow! Starting from the outer rim of the cake, we put two rows of each color M&M until our rainbow was complete. This was actually the most annoying part of making the cake because we wanted to flip all the M&Ms so that the Ms weren’t showing.
Although we stuck with traditional rainbow order, you could definitely get creative.
Now stack the layers of cake on top of each other by spreading icing between each layer of cake. (We used chocolate- yum!)
Next we dyed some of the white icing green (you know how we love being festive). Stand the cake up on its side and ice the curve of the cake with the green icing.
You’re all done! We really love this cake because it’s so cheerful! Also we think it would be a good recipe to make with kids since they could help with the M&Ms. Overall we were very pleased with this recipe- it wasn’t quite as professional as the original fondant cake, but it definitely makes an adorable statement! (We also want to give a shout out to Kristen’s cousin for helping us out… Thanks Leanne!)