Pink and purple marble cake

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Pastel Purple and Pink Marble with Baby's Breath and Fondant Daisies

**This design is available in the sizes in the drop down list above.

All serving suggestions are recommendations and would ultimately depend on the size of slices served.

Weights are approximations only, please note that certain premium flavours tend to be slightly heavier.

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Fresh florals used as decorations on this cake are thoroughly washed and dried before placing onto the cake. However, they remain inedible and should be removed before consumption.

Food safe dowels may be used to ensure structural stability of the cake. 

This customised cake design is frosted with swiss meringue buttercream, which is best consumed at room temperature when soft and creamy.

If refrigerated, thaw for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour or until cream is soft to the touch to ensure that it cuts well. Do not consume straight from the fridge as it will be crumbly and hard to cut.

The cake can be displayed in an air con room (at least 18°C) for up to 4 hours. It is not recommended to display or store cakes without air con, especially under the hot sun, or in warm and humid areas.


Rainbow marble or layer cake

  • Serves 8
  • Prep 0:20
  • Cook 0:20

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Up the 'wow' factor with this bright rainbow cake - perfect for birthdays, special occasions and just about any time you want to create a splash of colour. As well as looking and tasting great, it's also relatively easy to whip up!


  • 2 cups plain flour (sifted)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 3 eggs (lightly beaten)

Food colouring

  • red liquid food colouring
  • yellow liquid food colouring
  • pink liquid food colouring
  • green liquid food colouring
  • orange liquid food colouring
  • purple liquid food colouring
  • blue liquid food colouring

Buttercream icing

  • 200 g butter (softened)
  • 2 tbs vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tbs milk


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Line 2 x 20cm round cake tins with baking paper and set aside.

  • 2

    To make the cake batter, place the flour, sugar and baking powder into a bowl. Using a mixer, beat in the milk, vanilla, butter and eggs until combined. Beat for 4 minutes.

  • 3

    Divide the mixture evenly between seven bowls. Using the food colouring, tint each bowl of mixture the colours of the rainbow (please see Notes for directions on food colouring).

  • 4

    In the first cake tin, pour in the red, yellow, pink and half of the green batter. Pour each directly into the centre of the tin to create layers.

  • 5

    Repeat with the second cake tin, beginning with the remaining green mixture and then the orange, purple and blue.

  • 6

    Bake for 20 minutes or until centre of cakes bounce back after being touched lightly. Remove from tins and cool on a wire rack until ready to frost.

  • 7

    Icing: With an electric mixer, beat the butter until it's pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the vanilla and icing mixture, half a cup at a time. Beat in the milk at the end until well incorporated.

  • 8

    To assemble, place the cake with the red bottom on a serving plate and spread 1/2 cup of icing over the top using a flat-bladed knife.

  • 9

    Place the second cake on top and cover the whole cake with the remaining icing.


  • This is a no-fuss cake. You can literally throw the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat it well to get a great cake.
  • The amount of food colouring you add is up to your discretion. You can use liquid or gel colouring for this recipe. Just add a little at a time and mix until you have the colour that you want. I used red and blue to make the purple mixture, and red and yellow to make the orange mixture.
  • Avoid giving this cake to anyone with a sensitivity to food colouring. You can try using natural food colouring, but you won’t get the same vibrant end result.
  • If you want the buttercream icing to be white, you will need to beat it for around 5 minutes.
  • Kids will love this fun colourful cake! They can also bite into their own individual rainbow with this recipe for rainbow cupcakes - a hit at birthday parties.
  • This rainbow marble cake is so impressive, but if you want to make a simple cake for the family, you can't beat good old chocolate! This recipe for everyday chocolate cake is a tried and tested favourite and this easy chocolate cake is so simple, even the kids can make it.
  • This amazing cake isn't as complicated as it looks, but if it's still a bit intimidating to you, then how about one that only requires two ingredients? Check out the fab recipe for 2 ingredient Nutella cake.
  • If the food colouring used in this recipe alarms you, then check out this delish sunset-hued orange cake that gets its brilliant colour thanks to an entire orange that’s used in the recipe.
  • This rainbow cake makes a fantastic birthday cake. If you prefer a flavoured cake though, you can’t go past banana cake which is a great tasting cake that you can use as a base for making all sorts of birthday cakes.
  • Did you know you can bake in your rice cooker? Find out how with this quirky rice cooker cake recipe.
  • Want a light cake to serve with afternoon tea? This apple cake with cinnamon is super moist and so quick to make.
  • You could use this rainbow cake for any sort of birthday cake you want to make. Simply ice and decorate it any way you wish. Classic butter cake is also a great base cake to use.
  • This recipe was created by Jennifer Cheung for Kidspot, Australia’s best recipe finder.
  • Use 2 cups (300g) plain flour, 1 1/2 cups (335g) white sugar, 3/4 cup (180ml) milk, 1/2 cup (125g) butter and 2 1/2 cups (380g) icing sugar mixture.

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Recipe by: Jennifer Cheung

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Celebration Marble Cupcakes

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These Celebration Marble Cupcakes are the perfect, easy-to-make treat for any celebration. They are guaranteed to wow the crowd at your next Easter brunch, Spring potluck, Unicorn birthday party, or even just a random Wednesday night with the family.

Four Celebration Marble Cupcakes sitting on a white Easter Cake Stand with a Bunny.

We love to make cupcakes for a party and these Celebration Marble Cupcakes might be the prettiest (and yummiest) cupcakes we have ever made. We start with a box cake mix, doctor it up so it tastes just like homemade, and then add some food coloring to up the wow quotient!  We always top our cupcakes with our super delicious homemade The Best Buttercream Frosting! You can make these homemade marble cupcakes in any color combination to match any party you are throwing but we think these pretty pastel spring colors are just right for an Easter brunch or dinner, a Spring potluck, or a Unicorn Birthday Party. 

How to Make the Cupcake Batter

Closeup on a large white mixing bowl filled with white cake batter and a hand-mixer.

Step 1: We made our Celebration Marble Cupcakes for a birthday party so we needed quite a few cupcakes and ended up using two boxes of White Cake Mix but you should be able to get 16-18 cupcakes from one cake box mix.  Use the directions for “Egg Whites” only. This will help you get the brightest prettiest colors.  If you need some other tips for how we make a Box Cake Mix taste just like homemade, check out our How to Doctor a Boxed Cake Mix post.

Four measuring cups filled with cupcake batter tinted purple, blue, pink and yellow.

Steps 2-3: We split the cake batter into four equal portions.  We used a food scale to measure each portion but as you can see in these pictures it was approximately 2 cups of cake mix for each color.  (If you only need 20-24 cupcakes, you can use a single box of Cake Mix and each portion will be 1 cup of batter. ) Using our Wilton Color Right Food Coloring we tinted the cake batter four different colors – Pink, Yellow, Purple and Blue.

Here are the amounts of food coloring that we used to achieve these pretty Spring/Easter colors:

Purple = 5 drops of Wilton Color Right Pink Food Coloring and 2 drops of Wilton Color Right Blue Food Coloring
Blue = 2 drops of Wilton Color Right Blue Food Coloring
Pink = 3 drops of Wilton Color Right Pink Food Coloring
Yellow = 2 drops of Wilton Color Right Yellow Food Coloring

How to Create the Marble Cupcakes

Animated GIF showing how to spoon the colored cupcake batter into the cupcake liner to achieve an marble effect in the cupcakes.

Step 4: To make the marble effect we used a small spoon to alternate small drops of colored cake batter into the cupcake liner.  

Closeup on a cupcake pan filled with the multi-colored cupcake batter that will create the marble effect in the cupcakes.

Step 5: There is no wrong way to layer in the colored cake batter – have fun.  Bake the cupcakes according to the directions on the back of the cake mix box.

The insides of three cupcakes showing the varying marble patterns of each cupcake.

Step 6: Allow the cupcakes to cool before frosting. The inside of the cupcakes is the real wow factor!  No two Celebration Marble Cupcakes looked the same … which we love!

How to make the Buttercream Frosting

Glass bowl filled with homemade Best Buttercream Frosting sitting next to a decorating bag filled with buttercream frosting.

Step 7: For the frosting, you will need two batches of our Best Buttercream Frosting if you are going to make a fancy swirl as we did here.  If you are going to frost the cupcakes with a knife, one batch will be enough. This frosting is super easy to make and so very creamy and delicious. You can find the recipe and detailed instructions here.  

Frosting the Cupcakes

Collage image showing how to frost the Celebration Marble Cupcakes using a decorating bag and a 2D frosting tip.

Step 8: We colored the Buttercream Frosting the same four colors: purple, pink, yellow, and blue. You can find our food coloring formulas from frosting in our Frosting Color Guide post.
Step 9: Then we used a decorating bag with a Wilton 2D Frosting Tip to make this frosting swirl but you could also just apply the frosting with a knife.  You can watch a video on how to make this frosting swirl in our How to Frost a Cupcakes post.

Closeup on the yellow, pink, purple and blue frosting swirls of Buttercream Frosting on the Celebration Marble Cupcakes.

Step 10: Finally, we topped our Celebration Marble Cupcakes with some homemade sprinkles that match the four colors of our cupcake!  This is super easy to do and really makes your desserts look special!  We have all the directions you’ll need to make your own sprinkles right here. 

Expert Tips and FAQs

How far ahead of a party can you make these cupcakes?

Ideally, you should make the cupcakes the day before the party. You can store the frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator but remember to take them out a couple of hours before you are going to serve them because a cold cupcake is not a good cupcake. If you are short on time, you could make the cupcakes further ahead and freeze them until the day before the party and then defrost them and frost them the day before the party.

Do these cupcakes need to be refrigerated?

No. They will be fine left out at room temperature. Day one and two, they will taste great. On day three, the frosting will start to be hard on the outside and the cupcakes will start to get a little bit stale but they will still taste fine. After day four … the cupcakes will be stale. You can get another day or two out of them by storing them in the refrigerator.

Closeup on a party display of Celebration Marble Cupcakes - including one cupcake cut in half to show the pastel marble pattern on the inside of the cupcake.

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  1. Make a batch of white cake batter using a box cake mix.
  2. Split the cake batter into four equal portions.
  3. Tint the cake batter four different colors - Pink, Yellow, Purple, and Blue.
  4. To create the marble effect - use a small spoon to alternate small drops of colored cake batter into the cupcake liner.
  5. Bake the cupcakes as directed on the cake mix box.
  6. Allow the cupcakes to cool.
  7. Make two batches of our Best Buttercream Frosting and color it the same four colors: purple, pink, yellow, and blue.
  8. Frost the cupcakes and add sprinkles.


Food Coloring Formulas
Purple = 5 drops of Wilton Color Right Pink Food Coloring and 2 drops of Wilton Color Right Blue Food Coloring
Blue = 2 drops of Wilton Color Right Blue Food Coloring
Pink = 3 drops of Wilton Color Right Pink Food Coloring
Yellow = 2 drops of Wilton Color Right Yellow Food Coloring

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