Dr. Seuss cake!

I had the urge to bake a big colourful cake last week, I searched the internet for a recipe I liked. When my sister saw it she said it looked like something from Dr.Seuss, so I thought that'd make a good name for it. I came across Rachel Allen's Victoria Sponge recipe that I liked the sound of. I doubled it to make a three layer cake with 25cm cake pans.

To make the sponge colourful I added just a few drops of liquid food colouring. I wanted the colours to be very light so a drop or two did it.

250g softened butter
350g Caster sugar
6 eggs
350g Self raising flour
2 tbsp milk
500g icing sugar
Whatever colours and decorations you want too use.

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cream the butter until very soft, and gradually add the sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, then add the eggs, one by one, beating well all the time. Sieve the flour and baking powder, and stir in gently, then stir in the milk until combined. Divide the mixture into three equal parts. Add a few drops of your chosen colour to each. Add each third to one 25cm baking tin. Bake for 12-18 minutes, or until just cooked; the centre of the cake should spring back when you push it gently with your finger. Turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool. Cool the cake that is going to be the top layer on its base, so that it's not marked by the grid of the cooling rack. The colour of the cakes might look quite brown on the outside, but the middle will be clear of that.

Mix up the 500g of icing sugar with about 50grams of butter at room temperature and a few tablespoons of milk. Just add slowly until you reach the consistency you want. Seperate into however many colours you want of containers and use the food colouring to get it to the pretty shade you are after! The idea is to add as slowly as possible, as liquid food colourings are highly concentrated.

Enjoy! This is a MASSIVE cake by the way, so if you wanted a smaller one just divide the ingredients by two and use only two tins.


  1. Oh gosh, Claire, that looks absolutely mindblowingly good. How creative you are!

    Glad to see you are blogging more. I'm working on revamping my blog into a daily lifestyle blog with loads of updates. I will link you! xx

  2. holy god, that is the most amazing cake i've seen in ages!

    So pretty, perfect to make for mothers day too. I may have to try this very soon, thanks for the recipe and the idea! x

  3. WOW that looks good! I could do with some cake...I might try this one! Thanks for the recipe!


  4. OH. MY. GOD.
    This is awesome!!
    Dr. Seuss is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE!!


  5. Wow, I'm definately going to have to steal this idea!


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