Rainbow week, Day 3: Our epic rainbow cake fail!

As part of our rainbow week we thought we would attempt a spot of baking. I have never professed to be the best baker, we won’t mention the year that forty eight cupcakes went in the bin on the night before Eva’s second birthday, nor the last minute dash to Tesco for a cake, but the children enjoy it and that’s all that matters!

After a quick search on Pinterest I came across the most gorgeous little rainbow cakes and, perhaps foolishly, asked myself, how hard can they be?



110g/4oz butter or margarine, softened at room temperature

110g/4oz caster sugar

2 free-range eggs, lightly beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

110g/4oz self-raising flour

For the buttercream icing

140g/5oz butter, softened

280g/10oz icing sugar

1-2 tbsp milk

A few drops blue food colouring

Rainbow belt sweets to decorate


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases. Get your little brother to do this bit, whilst wearing his pyjamas, because every Master Chef needs a skivvy.

2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl, splattering the table, the walls and each other. Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract. Make sure that as much egg shell as possible lands in the bowl and then instantly launch into a rage at your sister for doing exactly the same.





3. Fold in the flour using a large metal spoon, or a wooden one, because you realise you only have a ladle, adding a little milk until the mixture is of a dropping consistency. Test this consistency by spilling it onto the table whenever possible, whilst eating as much raw cake ingredients as possible. Do not fear salmonella!





4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full. Or just until they are completely covered in cake mixture. Pull funny faces at every photo opportunity while eating even more raw cake mix and then moaning that you have tummy ache.  




5. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into one of the cakes comes out clean. Lick the bowl as you wait while asking, “Are they ready yet?” as many times as possible, on repeat.


6. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then remove from the tin and cool on a wire rack. Discover you don’t actually have a wire rack and leave to stand in the cake tins, while obsessing over soggy bottoms.



For the buttercream icing

1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until soft. Add half the icing sugar and beat until smooth. Forget the fact that icing sugar explodes like a cloud of smoke when vigorously beaten. Scrub furiously at your leather dining chairs.


2. Add the remaining icing sugar with one tablespoon of the milk, adding more milk if necessary, until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Test consistency at all times, with your tongue.


3. Add the food colouring and mix until well combined. Realise that you have made way too much buttercream icing, to hell with e-numbers, and use the whole damn tube.


4. Spoon the icing into a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe the icing using a spiralling motion onto the cup cakes in a large swirl. Demonstrate this for your children, while dipping your cardigan in said icing. Discover that piping is actually way harder than it looks and hand it over to the experts.




5. Curse yourself for forgetting to buy the marshmallows, tell the girls that it’s a sunny day and therefore not a cloud in the sky, and try to get the rainbows to stand up in the icing alone.



6. Admit defeat and berate yourself for even trying. Concoct a plan to tell other people that the children baked them, completely unsupervised, and quickly eat the evidence!


7. Tackle the mountain of washing up, clean the kitchen, mop the floor and get two very grubby Master Chefs into the bath. Stay awake ’til midnight because the kids are bouncing off the walls. Swear never to bake again.

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Rainbow Fairy Cakes - Pinterest Fail! | This is a super tasty recipe for a plain vanilla fairy cake with a cloud and rainbow decoration. Perfect for birthdays, parties or even a baby shower. This post is how I got on baking with children - it was a bit of a pinterest fail but they still taste delicious! www.fivelittledoves.com



  1. Lisa Lambert (mumdadplus4)
    October 26, 2016 / 7:26 am

    These look amazing good job. I love baking with the kids and our sometimes go wrong but they have so much fun that it doesn’t matter.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      That’s true, they had so much fun! xx

  2. October 26, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Oh my word what a beautiful gorgeous post! The photos are just gorgeous and some so comical, And what beautiful results?! Well done! You should see if you could get a late entry to the GBBO final tonight!! #BloggerClubUK

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Thank you! Haha they would have won it I’m sure!! xx

  3. October 26, 2016 / 7:59 am

    I LOVE YOUR PHOTOS! So funny. These cakes are a great idea, so pretty! #bloggerclubuk

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Ah thank you! xx

  4. October 26, 2016 / 10:24 am

    Oh it looks great! And I wouldn’t call it a “fail” just look at those lovely photos! It’s clear that they all enjoyed it. I’d call it “epic”! 🙂

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Ahh you’re so kind. The girls thought they were amazing! xx

  5. October 26, 2016 / 12:27 pm

    I love the photos of your children and they certainly don’t look like a fail to me! Yum and the kids had fun too

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Ah thank you! xx

  6. October 26, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Aw, lovely post – and I bet they tasted awesome, even if the rainbows were a bit unsteady! 😉 I never learn with Pinterest; I always think that *next time* it’ll definitely look exactly like the photo! x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:24 pm

      Unsteady is a lovely way of putting it! I never learn with pinterest either! xx

  7. October 26, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    My nan has just baked with the gremlin for this reason…I am shite! Howeverm I love the pics of the girls and I actually think the cakes look great!! Amazing cause as well. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:23 pm

      Haha me too! As you can see! At least they were edible, that’s all that matters! xx

  8. October 26, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    You crack me up! They look like Frazzles on the top but do you know what – good for you for trying in the first place and they look like they had fun! x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Hahah they really did. The icing was so wet and the sweets so soggy, but the kids had fun so yes…there is that! xx

  9. Louise Pink Pear Bear
    October 26, 2016 / 8:45 pm

    I love this!!! Your description of the steps is hilarious! They look…..Like the children made them! ?

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:21 pm

      Hahah true, I guess that’s the whole point really. Although I couldn’t have done any better! xx

  10. October 27, 2016 / 5:31 am

    They honestly don’t look too bad!!! I have also pinned this so this has advised me to give it a wide bearth! I am beginning to love those Pinterest fail posts more than the original pins! Bet the girls loved them though!

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Hahah I should never have attempted them. They do look fab though, done properly! xx

  11. October 27, 2016 / 7:58 am

    I have so many ideas of things I want to try on Pinterest, I just know that they won’t turn out right though and look better in my head than reality. I so tell people that my kids have baked on their own whenever I bake as I am shocking at it x

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Haha yes, pinterest always sets me right up for a fall! xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Ahh thank you! xx

  12. October 27, 2016 / 9:03 am

    omg they look so yummy and nice! and it looks like the kids had a great time! I hope the cleaning wasn’t too hard tho xx

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      That’s what the dish washer is for I suppose! xx

  13. October 27, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Hubby keeps nagging me to bake but this is why I don’t do it!

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Hahah surprise him…and then tell him he has to eat it all regardless of how bad it is! xx

  14. October 27, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    So I always have to read your writing twice because I get so distracted by how similar your girls look. I have identicals and your girls look more similar than mine do.

    Actually ALL od your kids look like multiples!

    Amazing really.


    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      Haha that’s so funny! They do look the double of eachother, I can never work out if Megan is big or Eva is small but they are in the same size clothes and even the same size shoes! I’m sure in a year or so the three youngest will be like triplets! xx

  15. October 28, 2016 / 9:01 am

    Ahh at last a baking post that I can relate to. That pinterest is a curse. To be fair they still look amazing though and much better than something my two would have produced. Thanks for linking to #FridayFrolics

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:12 pm

      Ahh thank you. I was quite impressed to be honest, I did expect much worse!! xx

  16. October 28, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Hahahaa lol, quickly eat the evidence or claim the children made it unsurpervised lol.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Hehe, always! xx

  17. October 28, 2016 / 9:44 am

    I loved this. Mainly because it always happens to me! This week we tried making mini pumpkins. All you have to do is draw a face on a satsuma. How hard can it be? Well we tried markers, felt tips, biros and gel pens. None of them worked. Pinterest is dead to me!

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      Haha I can only imagine! Who are these robots on pinterest producing these creations?? It’s a conspiracy, it must be! xx

  18. October 28, 2016 / 9:56 am

    A for effort girls!!! Look at them, little scamps. Your photos are adorable as always, looks like they had so much fun doing this. #BrillBlogPosts

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Ahh thank you lovely! xx

  19. October 28, 2016 / 1:13 pm

    They look like they had lots of fun making them. There is nothing better than eating the cake mix though, thats still may favourite part…. I think your efforts looked brilliant. A lovely way to celebrate your rainbow.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:08 pm

      Oh mine too!! And thank you. xx

  20. October 28, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I’ll be honest I don’t have the patience to bake this haha, but it looks like you and your girls had an amazing time! Meggys face is priceless she seems like such a character hahah, the photos are amazing I’m so glad you included these it really adds to the story/recipe : ). Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:06 pm

      Haha nor me most of the time, but then the children enjoy it so much I forget just how stressful it is…and then I remember!! xx

  21. October 28, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    Love the pics of your girls, captures perfectly what baking with kids is like! The cakes look fab and I bet they tasted good.

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      The girls said they tasted amazing! I passed up on the offer! xx

  22. October 29, 2016 / 6:38 am

    Ha! Well done for attempting a spot of fancy baking – I wouldn’t even try! Everything that I bake ends up looking hideous, but that hardly matters if it tastes good. It looks like your kids had a great time making the cupcakes regardless of their appearance, so that counts as success! #FridayFrolics

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Haha yes, that’s the main thing. They had fun and I nearly went insane…!! xx

  23. October 30, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    You’re way too hard on yourself and these look great, plus the kids had fun making them so definitely not an epic fail 🙂 have you seen my post about my recent paw patrol cake attempt? Two collapsed cakes later was definately a fail! Still we try. Loved reading, very entertaining (and I really want some of those fizzy rainbows now too haha) xx #bestandworst

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:52 pm

      Very true! I haven’t seen the paw patrol post but I shall go and hunt it down, I’m sure it wasn’t that bad!! xx

  24. October 30, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    These look better than the Pinterest ones – the expressions on the girls’ faces are priceless. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

    • Laura Dove
      October 31, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Ahh thank you! The girls said they tasted amazing too! xx

  25. Aceso84
    November 2, 2016 / 4:20 pm

    They look fabulous and your children look so happy making them and we’re obviously having such a good time.

    • Laura Dove
      November 2, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Thank you, they love baking! xx

  26. John
    November 2, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Excellent read, thank you.

  27. November 6, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Haha – love it! My baking ‘instructional’ post was very similar and I didn’t even attempt real baking – we failed to make chocolate crispy cakes without disaster here! I think the buns looked very cute!

    Thanks so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Apologies for my lateness – I have had moving chaos to contend with.

    • Laura Dove
      November 7, 2016 / 4:21 pm

      Haha chocolate crispy cakes are about my limit!! No apologies needed, hope the move went okay! xx

  28. November 8, 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Brilliant. Love the instructions with the built in comedy. #MMBC

    • Laura Dove
      November 8, 2016 / 7:45 pm

      Thank you! The kids liked them, that’s the main thing? xx

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