Purple-rific Layer Cake

purple-rific layer cake Dessert
Purple-rific Layer Cake
  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 2 hr 45 min
  • Servings 12

Dress up white cake mixes with a variegated color scheme. Frost with white icing to set off your lovely layers. MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 8, 2017


boxes (15.25 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix White, batter mixed up as directed
Neon purple food coloring. (I used neon purple from McCormick®)
containers Betty Crocker™ Whipped white frosting


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  • 1
    Prepare two Better Crocker™ Super Moist™ cake mixes as directed.
  • 2
    Divide cake batter into three bowls (about 2 3/4 cups of batter each), and tint with the food coloring for dark, medium and light purple. For the dark, I used 30 drops. For the medium, 15 drops, and the light I used 6 drops.
  • 3
    Pour the batters into a greased and floured 8 or 9 inch round cake pan.
  • 4
    Bake at 325°F for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle of each layer comes out clean.
  • 5
    After baking, cool pans on a rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around each pan and remove from pan, inverting on a rack to fully cool.
  • 6
    Once the layers are cool, slice the rounded tops off each layer, making each layer uniform.
  • 7
    Place dark purple layer on serving platter first, sliced top up. Using aluminum foil, tear off some strips and put them under the edges to catch crumbs. Frost the top.
  • 8
    Invert the medium purple layer and place on top of the dark purple layer bottom up (makes for less crumbs). Frost. Repeat with the light purple layer, then frost top and sides of the entire cake.
  • 9
    Remove the foil strips and frost down to the bottom of the serving platter (I use a table knife for this piece – smaller and easier to maneuver), and then refrigerate until about 1 hour before serving time.
  • 10
    To serve, slice and plate.

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  • It’s been a while since I thought about the color purple. I will proceed to date myself now. The last time was in the late 80’s, with a little movie called Purple Rain, starring the artist formerly known as Prince. But that was a billion or so years ago, and I like to write about what interests you. Now. Purple cakes are apparently trending, sayeth the internet oracles. And what does one find when one visits the party supply store in search of purple cake related articles? Well, here’s a hint: There’s a new pop star in town, and he has laid claim to the color purple (Justin Beiber, please stand up). Mr. Bieber aside, we like purple (frankly, we like a few Bieber songs as well, truth be told . . . ). Purple makes a lovely cake, whether your party is Beiberific or not. But feel free to experiment with your own variegated hues. (Pink – adorable! Same with orange or blue.) It’s illusory, but you must admit that a colorful cake seems to taste better. Hope you enjoy! XO, Michelle
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