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the double rainbow vanilla + buttermilk cake

imagine making a 6-layer cake with scintillating frosting & chocolate ornaments
imagine the lofty tiers resembling the pretty colours of the rainbow
then imagine the swelling heat & pieces of confection sliding everywhere

i’ll try doing this again when the weather gets cooler
until then, try the cake for yourself
it’s delicious – even when it’s falling apart


125g butter soft
200g sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
½ tsp salt
300g all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
160ml buttermilk
food colouring
*makes two 9-inch round layers (triple the batter for 6 layers)

Adapted from Julie’s recipe on her undeniably indulgent blog Always with Butter


1. Preheat oven to 180˚C/350˚F. Butter & flour the 9-inch cake pans.
2. Cream butter & sugar until pale & very fluffy.
3. Add in vanilla bean paste & salt, then the eggs one at a time.
4. Whisk the flour & baking powder together in a separate bowl.
5. Add half the flour mix to the butter mix. Mix until combined. Add half the buttermilk. Mix until combined. Then the remaining flour, the remaining buttermilk.
Do not over mix.
6. Divide evenly among 6 bowls. Place a few drops of each colour into the corresponding bowls & mix until you achieve your desired colours.
7. Spoon a colour of the cake mixture into a cake pan & bake for about 25 minutes or until lightly golden on top & set through. You will have to repeat this step for the different colours, depending on how many cake pans you have.
8. Remove from pan onto a rack & let cool completely.
9. Frost lavishly, top ambitiously & eat simply.

Serves 12

the smooth chocolate frosting & crispy m & ms

the smooth chocolate frosting & crispy m & ms

the gloriously melting, multi-hued layers of vanilla & buttermilk

the gloriously melting, multi-hued layers of vanilla & buttermilk

& a tune while the cake bakes
for the coming changing of the season
i’m dreaming of Spring again
(when my frosting has a chance)