How to make a Lollipop Rainbow Drip Cake or Rainbow Lollipop Drip Cake
A rainbow drip cake can be a fun cake to have whether you make it a simple drip cake or a rainbow cake loaded with colorful lollipops. A step by step tutorial on how I made this lollipop rainbow drip cake including rainbow cake recipe as well as everything you need to know about making the perfect drip including the type of chocolate, colors or candy.
How happy does this cake look? Colorful cakes make me happy, very happy.
I made this for my Aadi’s 11th birthday this year in May. Its been two months and I have still not shared this cake with you. Well, I did make a video for the recipe and tutorial on how I decorated this cake. But, by the time I got my act together with editing the images and the video, I realized two months had gone by. The inside of this cake is my rainbow cake. My rainbow cake has been a popular recipe on this blog but the images on that post were old from before I had this awesome camera. So, thought it was time to give that post a facelift. So now my popular rainbow cake recipe has the inside of this beautiful cake. See how pretty? Colorful on the inside and out. Just like my boy.
My Aadi’s birthday cake (Save/Pin)
This was one of the three birthday cakes my Aadi had this year. He wanted a colorful drip cake for his birthday so asked me to make a rainbow cake. As planned he was supposed to share this cake with some of his friends at the bowling alley but unfortunately, he fell sick the day before his birthday. Of course, we did not want him to celebrate his birthday while sick (and of course infect others with his virus) we had to cancel the birthday celebration.
Of course, according to the plan I had already made or was in the midst of making him his birthday cake. So we had a beautiful lollipop rainbow drip cake for his birthday which we celebrated just as a family.
The bowling alley party was postponed by a week and I had to make a cake again. But this time instead of making the same cake again? I made the standing emoji cake and I shared a tutorial on how to make an emoji cake with you last week. I mean how to make a standing emoji cake, yeah I made a gravity-defying cake. My kids…!!
About this Lollipop Rainbow Drip Cake (Save/Pin)
As I said above the cake is my rainbow cake recipe. It’s a very versatile recipe and you can either make a tall cake with seven layers of the rainbow like I have done here or you can divide the batter into six colors. Nor do you have to make it tall. If you choose to use a 7-inch cake pan instead of 6 like I have you will have a shorter cake. Like I said it’s very versatile. If you read the post I have explained in detail and of course, feel free to ask any questions in the comments I am always happy to answer.
I have used my favorite Swiss meringue buttercream for this but you can also use my velvet American buttercream or Italian meringue buttercream recipe. A word of advice – If you want to make tall-layers without any internal support like the secret is good butter-based buttercream. Yes, the buttercream when chilled in the fridge helps support the layers aka the tall cake.
It’s all about the candy on drip cakes. You can use any candy you want. I have used inexpensive lollipops here today only because my son wanted a colorful cake. When I went to buy lollipop the ones with the brightest colors were these. So I picked them up.
Honestly, you don’t really need wafers but I liked the effect you get when adding these wafers. However, these break easily and they soak up any moisture there can get. So be aware of what is on that cake. Any sauce and you will end up with soaked up wafers.
Chocolate or candy melts
Candy melts work best for drip cakes. Yes, unlike coverture chocolate which I love very much candy melts works best if you plan to make a drip cake. Once you have melted the chocolate add just a little cooking oil or coconut oil to the melted chocolate. This will give you a pouring consistency like I have in the video.
My son did not want too much chocolate on this cake so I used only as little as I needed for the drip. You could use more but make sure you control the drip. If you add too much melted-chocolate on top of the cake it will continue to drip which may not be as much as you need.
Tip – I find the best way to control the drip is to pour over the edges first, control the amount of drip I need. Let the edges set a tad before pouring the rest of the melted chocolate on top. The set edges will prevent any more drips. Makes sense?
Drip effect without chocolate or candy melts.
Need to make a drip effect without using candy melts or melted chocolate. Yes, you certainly cake. with royal icing. Just make a pouring consistency of royal icing in the colors you need and then do the same as I have with the candy melts. Use the same drying technique to control the drip as well.
Edible colors /Candy Colors
ideally, its best to buy candy melts in different colors. If you don’t work with chocolate much that would be the most inexpensive method. If you choose to color your own chocolate or candy melts please remember that not all edible food colors are suitable for chocolate or candy melts. You need an oil-based color for chocolate/candy melts. So not all edible gel colors that you use for fondant will work with candy melts, which is why I highly recommend using different colored candy melts (or make a royal icing drip cake)
Last but not the least – Doweling the cake.
I have not used any dowels in this cake. We wanted tall cake slices with all 7 colors for each slice.
I know we’ve all been told that we must dowel our cakes. And generally, that is true. Once your cake has reached a height of 4 inches or maximum 6-inches tall it’s time to think doweling. Why? the weight of the top layers usually will be too much for the bottom layers so they get squished.
Often you can get away without doweling if
- If you have a single tier cake, which means there is no weight from the top tiers nor is it balancing on any bottom tier.
- And if you are using a good buttercream recipe, and by that, I mean all butter buttercream. In this case, the Swiss meringue buttercream between layers and around the cake gets stiff so the layers stay in place.
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