As a child I always loved chasing a rainbow, trying to get to the end of it. This had to happen as we were being driven in a car because rainbows were never close enough to run to them. That is until some relatives were telling me about the rainbow in their front yard!
This particular rainbow had all the colors showing: ROYGBIV better known as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Maybe the elusive pot of gold located at the end of the rainbow was actually in their front yard!
I created my own rainbow in the form of a cheesecake. First, I made the cake batter as I usually do. Then I divided the batter into seven equally-sized bowls. Why equal size? It makes it a little easier to judge the batter amounts.
Once the batters are colored, pour each one into the middle of the crust. Be sure to use the ROYGBIV pattern to create a true rainbow effect.
Don’t worry. That small circle of red that was only in the middle of the pan when you started will get weighed down by all the other colored batters and will spread from side to side in the pan. Do not try to spread out the batters by hand or you will mix the colors and they can turn muddy.
You can even reverse the order of the pouring pattern if you want the top to be red and have violet on the bottom of the cake. Just pour violet first and use this pattern: VIBGYOR. This will make warm colors dominate instead of cool colors.
This cake is so colorful that it doesn’t need much garnish or decoration. I used a few lemons on top. I broke wooden toothpicks in half and stuck the pointed end into the lemon rind edge and stuck the other end into the cheesecake.
The lemons will stand without falling.
If you don’t like to use artificial food colors but still like colorful baked goods, you can use fruit powders and juices to make things colorful. These colors usually make pastel-colored foods. Although not as bright, they still make things colorful and interesting. I will be featuring foods with natural coloring techniques later on so stay tuned.