Bow in the Clouds Six Stack Cake

I arrived at a store today to make a return. A lamp bought for our front room was far-too-short for it’s projected location, so I returned to the place of purchase toting the awkward object and a pocketful of resentment. I detest returns.
But, I digress.
Before I’d so much as stepped foot inside the store, a wild flash of black tulle and hot pink beads flew past me. I was shocked. It had been a long time since I’d seen such 80′s retro style worn with such determined…style. Stopping to stare out the corner of my eye, I took in the flash.

Neon pink Lace shirt layered beneath a pink concert tee.
Black tulle tutu.
Jelly bracelets from wrist to mid-ulna.
Crimped hair.
Pink tennis shoes with giant lace bows.



As I was not-staring, 80′s Girl turned toward me. Her hair gave way to her profile. Then her face. I was shocked! 80′s Girl wasn’t a girl at all. She was an “80′s WOman!” The gal toting said Cyndi Lauper gear was no high school, teeny-bopper wannabe. Nosirree. Before me stood a round, freckle faced fourty-something and instantly, I loved her.

All that color.
All that style.
All that life experience.
All that tulle.

It made me think. Growing older doesn’t have to mean growing gray. Everyday can be prismatic hues of light and loveliness. I just have to remember to put them on in the morning.

Bow in the Clouds Six Stack Cake
Coming out of the oven, the combined smell of each layers fruity flavors from will make you wonder if you’ve just created a dessert version of Fruit Loops. Fear not. Though the wild colors will appeal to even the tinsiest tasters, adults will adore the subtle fresh flavors of orange zest, lemon, lime and picked berries. As the host, you’ll get far.too.many kicks from arriving at the table with a crisp, white-frosted cake then cutting into it to reveal a full spectrum of surprise!
2 boxes white cake mix
6 eggs
1 c. water
2/3 c. oil
1/2 c. raspberries
Zest of 1 orange + 2 T. juice
Zest of 1 lemon + 2 T. juice
Zest of 1 lime + 2 T. juice
1/2 c. blueberries
1/2 c. blackberries
Wilton Icing colors in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple
In a large bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, water, and oil together. Scoop 1 cup of batter into six small bowls. In the first bowl, mix raspberries and 1/4 tsp. red coloring. In the second bowl, mix orange zest and juice, and 1/2 tsp. orange coloring. In the third bowl, mix lemon zest and juice and 1/4 tsp. yellow coloring. In the fourth bowl, mix lime zest and juice and 1/4 tsp. green coloring. In the fifth bowl, mix blueberries and 1/4 tsp. blue coloring. In the sixth bowl, mix blackberries and 1/4 tsp. purple coloring.
Prepare six 8 inch cake pans by greasing and flouring each generously. Using a spatula, spoon and spread each color of batter into its own cake pan. Bake in an oven, preheated to 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes, or until tops spring back when touched lightly. Allow to cool completely. Frost with White Chocolate Frosting.
Billowed White Chocolate Frosting
Lots of readers have contacted me with questions about this frosting. I adore this frosting, and think it adds a subtle flavor punch to the cake. It’s really worth the making. To
1 c. butter, softened
1 bag white chocolate chips
3 lbs. powdered sugar
1/4 to 1 full cup milk
In a large bowl, microwave white chips JUST until melted. They SHOULDN’T be hot. To accomplish this, microwave for twenty seconds, then stir. Microwave for 20 seconds, then stir again. Repeat just until all chips are smooth and melted. Immediately beat in butter until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. BE SURE TO ADD YOUR MILK in bit by bit, beginning with 1/4 cup at first, then slowly adding by the tablespoon until desired consistency is reached. Cover and refrigerate for about 5 minutes to firm up just slightly. Makes enough frosting to ice between each layer of cake, and around the outside of the cake.
TO FROST: It’s always a good idea to start with slightly refrigerated layers. This will help your cake be more firm and less floppy. Be patient! It takes time, but you’re final product will pay off, I promise! Gently smooth the frosting between the layers, then frost and decorate the exterior of the cake.
TO STORE: The final cake is HUGE. If you plan to refrigerate it overnight, you’ll want a hefty space available for storage. I’m big on overnight cake storage. I typically find it’s a good idea to let frosting and cake flavors meld together a bit. If you want to serve it right away, you most certainly can, but we left our cake out overnight and it was DIVINE in the morning. It can also be refrigerated until serving, though I would suggest you remove it from the fridge 15-30 minutes before serving to allow the frosting and cake to soften slightly. Good lick!
Fuzzy Koala Cake Company created her own version of this cake. It’s gorgeous! to see it, CLICK HERE
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131 Responses to “Bow in the Clouds Six Stack Cake”

  1. 51

    Laura on April 13, 2009 at 7:22 am Reply

    The 80′s bring back such good memories. Love the cake – so colorful.

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    Bethany on April 13, 2009 at 7:42 am Reply

    This cake is amazing. I am going to try it!

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    Ronnica on April 13, 2009 at 7:48 am Reply

    Looks pretty and delicious!

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    dawn on April 13, 2009 at 7:54 am Reply

    this cake is spectacular…have to share with my friend…know her small children will love this.

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    Lisa M on April 13, 2009 at 7:58 am Reply

    This cake is AWESOME! I can’t wait to try my own version of it!

    Happy SITS Day!

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    Donnetta on April 13, 2009 at 8:01 am Reply

    Alas – I would wear some of my 80s garb – if I could fit in it!!

    But that cake looks super yummy!!

    Hope you have a fabulous SITS day!

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    Wolf on April 13, 2009 at 8:03 am Reply

    great story and what a cake! i’m going to have to try that one!

    happy SITS day!

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    Joy on April 13, 2009 at 8:05 am Reply

    Great post – LOVED it – I could just see the ’80s lady you described!

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    mama-face on April 13, 2009 at 8:09 am Reply

    This is an idea my 8 year old had for the cake: make it look ugly on the outside and then everyone will be surprised when we cut into it. But make sure the outside still tastes good. I’m not sure how to do that and it may mean he thinks all my food looks ugly,hmmm

    That cake is certainly beautiful.

    As far as the fabulous ’80′s comeback: I can’t wait until crimped hair makes a comeback. I still have the crimper!

  10. 60

    Cammie on April 13, 2009 at 8:29 am Reply

    Love it!!

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    Charmaine on April 13, 2009 at 8:35 am Reply

    I love how bright and colorful this is! I can’t wait to try it out!

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    Superjaxster on April 13, 2009 at 8:36 am Reply

    What a beautiful cake! It would be perfect for a party OR the rainbow for St. Pattys Day!

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    What A Card on April 13, 2009 at 8:43 am Reply

    Holy crow! That’s amazing.

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    Momma-of-5 on April 13, 2009 at 8:46 am Reply

    visiting from sits…
    LOVE the rainbow cake! so cute and it looks SO yummy. I’m definitely keeping that “earmarked” for the next birthday around here. With triplets (2 boys and a girl) it’s tough deciding whether to go blue or pink and how to make them meet in the middle. I think your cake’ll be PERFECT!

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    Industrioushead on April 13, 2009 at 8:46 am Reply

    Great post! And a great looking cake to match!

  16. 66

    Willo on April 13, 2009 at 8:50 am Reply

    What a GORGEOUS cake!

  17. 67

    Dan River Mama on April 13, 2009 at 9:06 am Reply

    What a beautiful cake! I can’t wait to try this…

  18. 68

    Michelle on April 13, 2009 at 9:07 am Reply

    That is amazing! the story and the lady.

  19. 69

    Ali on April 13, 2009 at 9:14 am Reply

    That cake makes me happy!

  20. 70

    Amy on April 13, 2009 at 9:25 am Reply

    That is such a pretty cake.

  21. 71

    Mariel on April 13, 2009 at 9:31 am Reply

    My kids would go crazy over that cake! Great post!

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    piecemeal people on April 13, 2009 at 9:35 am Reply

    Stopping by via SITS – congrats on being featured today! That cake looks beautiful – and complicated. I’m not saying I won’t try it, just that it is likely to be a long and messy process. :)

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    koopermom on April 13, 2009 at 9:36 am Reply

    What a gorgeous cake! Makes me smile to just think about eating it!!

  24. 74

    {Katie Lane} on April 13, 2009 at 9:38 am Reply

    Great post, terrific cake!

  25. 75

    Cole on April 13, 2009 at 9:50 am Reply

    Happy SITS day! The rainbow cake looks so yummy!

  26. 76

    Cassie on April 13, 2009 at 9:59 am Reply

    Oh my word, that cake looks amazing!!

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    shortmama on April 13, 2009 at 10:11 am Reply

    I can almost taste the rainbow!

  28. 78

    Jes the Bes on April 13, 2009 at 10:12 am Reply

    Rainbow Bright Cake…it takes me back to my childhood. Thanks for sharing.

  29. 79

    Marrdy on April 13, 2009 at 10:12 am Reply

    I have got to try this for nexts years Easter party!

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    Jess on April 13, 2009 at 10:21 am Reply

    That is the most beautiful cake I think I’ve ever seen!

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    Amy on April 13, 2009 at 10:36 am Reply

    That cake looks to DIE for! And my 12 yr old daughter would SO love to dress like 80s woman, she loves that style :)

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    Brandy on April 13, 2009 at 10:55 am Reply


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    Tonya on April 13, 2009 at 10:55 am Reply

    I am going to make this…it’s looks so good!

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    Mimi on April 13, 2009 at 11:04 am Reply

    Purdy cake! Enjoy your SITS day

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    Cher on April 13, 2009 at 11:18 am Reply

    Wow. that. looks. amazing. I’m jealous! Congrats on SITS day!

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    Deb Thaxton on April 13, 2009 at 11:21 am Reply

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    Jessica - This Is Worthwhile on April 13, 2009 at 11:29 am Reply

    This is fantastic. I’m going to figure out how to do this gluten-free and make it for my mom :)

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    Jen on April 13, 2009 at 11:36 am Reply

    I love this! I don’t think that I told you when I saw it before.

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    Kelly Deneen on April 13, 2009 at 11:36 am Reply

    LOL. Even though I don’t love the 80s, I can love this post. ha! And that cake! Wow! Each layer has its own flavor?! Mmmmmmm.

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    Janna Bee on April 13, 2009 at 11:39 am Reply

    I want this cake for my birthday! So cool!

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    Amy on April 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I love meeting people who know their style and aren’t afraid to flaunt it. I am more like that delicious looking cake. I come off as a mild mannered mother, but inside I am all firecrackers and personality. I

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    Christine aka Mistress of Cakes on April 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm Reply

    I love color and have never been afraid to use it..especially in cake form!!! Woot for the 80′s. I was born in 1980 but I sang along with Cyndi Lauper, played with Star Bright and watched Punky Brewster. A decade can’t be all bad when the Transformers came out of there!


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    windi on April 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm Reply

    Great post! I have a little girl who is about to turn 2 in July! What a great idea for a cake! So glad I found you!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Brandy on April 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm Reply

    i love seeing people that are “out there” i’m an accountant and secretly jealous of their ability to be.

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    Alex the Girl on April 13, 2009 at 1:43 pm Reply

    This cake would sell well on Pride Day. Looks yummy.

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    MommyAmy on April 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I’m totally makin’ a rainbow cake for my girls’ birthday this year!

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    Debbie on April 13, 2009 at 2:19 pm Reply

    You did NOT make a cake that cute! I love it.

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    Cookie Brochette on April 13, 2009 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Oh wow, that cake is gorgeous! That will surely show up on someone’s birthday at my house this year.

    Hail to the ’80s! We should all have big hair and Madonna bracelets.

    Cookie B
    Lightbulb Cuisine…real recipes for the Easy Bake Oven

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    Jennifer on April 13, 2009 at 2:53 pm Reply

    Wow! That colorful cake made me smile. That is a party on a plate, got to try that recipe sometime!

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    The Mom on April 13, 2009 at 3:02 pm Reply

    Going to have to try this one. I agree, that rainbow of a cake can’t help but make me smile!

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