My Little Pony Cake

We Baked A My Little Pony Six-Layer Rainbow Cake Because Why Not

While we enjoyed playing hooky and eating breakfast donuts for my daughter’s birthday, every year we also surprise our kids on the day of their birthday party with a homemade cake because when my son was two years old, I said: I want to make his cake.

I had never baked anything in my life, but my attitude around a lot of things is: If she can do, I can do it. But my attitude is also: I’m not special. So if I can do it, you can do it. Which is part of why I’m posting this. I don’t bake every week or even every month. If I really feel like cookies and I’m too lazy to go to the store, I can bake cookies. But guess what? Nine times out of ten, they look funny. And yes, I can make frosting in ten minutes because all frosting takes ten minutes and any cookbook has a decent recipe for buttercream frosting. Mostly, add more butter and shortening and sugar than you think is safe for a human to consume and it will taste wonderful.

This year, we decided to make a My Little Pony, Pinkie Pie (because she throws all the best parties), six-layer rainbow cake.

We started around 7:30 p.m. the night before the party (everyone asks how long it took us so I’m just getting this out-of-the-way).

Six bowls of batter
The batter divided into six bowls for six colors.
Dye for rainbow cake layers
Hint 1: Buy your dye from the craft store because it’s much brighter.
Making rainbow cake
OMG the stirring.
Rainbow cake layers
The first set of layers going into the oven. Ours can be a convection oven so my husband was brave enough to bake three at time.
Homemade frosting
We used cake mix in a box but made our own homemade frosting. It turns out SO DOES EVERYONE. Who knew?
Rainbow layers
We dyed the frosting pink while the layers cooled enough to glue them together. Hint two: consider the dye like you consider milk or cream when making frosting so you don’t end us with frosting that is too thin. Hint 3: learn what a crumb coat is. It’s your best friend when going all out on cakes.
My Little Pony Cake almost done
We pulled out the candy we bought earlier and debated how to arrange it. The rock candy and the candy cane sticks helped anchor the cake. Bonus.
My Little Pony Cake
All done!
My Little Pony cake from side
The clouds are cotton candy and the rainbows are flexible ribbon candy.
Inside of a Rainbow Cake
And this is what it looked like on the inside. My daughter could not believe it.

We were in bed by 12:30 a.m., which is better than I expected. We also ran out of frosting and out of Pinkie Pie (I thought N had one we could use but she didn’t) so Scott had to run out twice to Target and I almost fell asleep once.

While I’m proud of our awesome cake from this year and I have five years of experience making fun-tastic cakes for my kids, my best hints are to bake with a buddy and a good attitude.

YOU CAN DO IT. Have fun. When all else fails, add lots of candy and dye the frosting your kids’ favorite color. Oh and if the cake goes sideways, make it Jabba the Hutt. (Thanks C for that hint.)

PS. One of my favorite cake-making memory is the year I decided that I was too stressed to bake the cake or make the frosting so we would just buy a white sheet cake and focus on decorating it. I felt bad until a HURRICANE CAME RAINING DOWN UPON US, and we, along with most of our city, had no electricity the night we would’ve baked my son’s cake.

Decorating a cake my candlelight
Designing E’s cake by candlelight.

Instead we decorated by headlamp, and my son had a cake for his 5th birthday party. Good thing I hadn’t set my standard by “homemade is best” or “but I do THIS THING every year” or “what will so-and-so think” because his smile, when a racetrack with Mario and Luigi was set down in front of him, was worth more than living up to made-up ideas that the weather mocked and about which he couldn’t have cared less.

Sometimes not baking a cake means everything works out even better.


Because people asked, here’s where we got everything:
The candy is from our local candy shop the Sweet Spot.
The dye and our newest frosting spreader are from A.C. Moore.
The cake mix is Betty Crocker and the frosting recipe is a mix of the recipe book How to Cook Everything (looks like a revised version is out as well), Betty Crocker and my taste buds.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

11 thoughts on “We Baked A My Little Pony Six-Layer Rainbow Cake Because Why Not

  1. This is FANTASTIC!!! I love Cake and I love that you baked one, made it so special for her. I am thinking it tasted as GOOD As it looked. It’s a fantastic way to CELEBRATE everything.

  2. So cool! I can only imagine she was beside herself. I LOVE that you do this for your kids. And it must be a pretty cool way for you and S to spend some time connecting and cooking together.

    1. N whispered to me the following day: “My cake was awesome, Mama.” Oh my heart.

      And yes, Scott and I have a blast, too. I think we remember those nights as much as the kids remember the cake unveilings.

    1. AC Moore and Michaels and stores like that have baking sections now, and it’s a frosting dye but it’s much brighter than food coloring you can get at the grocery store. I didn’t know that either but from making cakes in the past, I can tell you that these colors were a lot easier to attain than when we bought regular food coloring. And the frosting dye was fine for cake batter — didn’t change the texture or taste at all.

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