There’s something inherently fun about rainbows, and bringing that playfulness to food can be a great way to introduce new flavours and tastes to family meals. From healthy to decadent to completely whimsical, these 28 fun rainbow desserts, cakes and treats will definitely brighten your day, and are a delicious way to add a pop of colour to any party table!
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Whether you are satisfying a sweet tooth or trying to be healthy, you will find a rainbow dessert that is just perfect for you. It’s never too early to start planning for parties and special gatherings and we have rounded up some of our favourite ideas to share a little rainbow magic.
If you have little hands eager to help in the kitchen, many of these rainbow desserts are kid-friendly. But just because kids adore rainbows doesn’t mean that these treats are only for the little ones – even ‘big kids’ are sure to love them too!
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Guilt-Free and Healthy Rainbow Desserts
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Mini Fruit Tacos
These little fruit tacos from Sugar Dish Me are cinnamon sugar tortillas stuffed with honey cinnamon cream cheese and all your favourite fruit. They are easy to prepare and work well as party food or a fun after school snack.
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Vitamin-packed fruit skewers are a simple, colourful and fun way to get kids to eat fruit, and they’ll love helping to make them too. Clean Food Crush uses raspberries, strawberries, melon, mango, pineapple, kiwi, grapes and blueberries for these.
You could try serving new fruits, alongside familiar fruits to introduce new flavours and textures in a fun way.
These whole fruit and veggie rainbow popsicles from Yummy Mummy Kitchen are as delicious and nourishing as they are pretty. They have no artificial food dyes or added sweeteners, and those distinct rainbow layers are made with blended whole fruit and veggies.
Rainbow Chia Pudding
This healthy rainbow chia pudding from Girl Phat is perfect for breakfast, snacks or dessert – and packed with fruit and delicious goodness!
Okay, so this isn’t a quick fix smoothie to make on a busy morning, but it would make an epic Vitamin C boost on the weekends or special occasions.
We love the suggestion from The First Year Blog to make this rainbow smoothie an unforgettable treat – stick a gold chocolate coin in the bottom of the glass before adding the smoothie. That way when someone is finished drinking it, they find gold at the end of the rainbow!
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Rainbow Desserts and Treats
Transform a traditional vanilla pudding into a showstopping rainbow dessert, like this one from Makezine, your whole family will love.
Top with cream and sprinkles or just leave the beautiful layers to speak for themselves!
No-Bake Rainbow Fruit Tart
This no-bake rainbow cheesecake tart from PS I Made This is perfect for showcasing all your favourite fruits. Swap the Graham Cracker crust for crushed digestive biscuits or chocolate chip cookies if you prefer.
Pancakes are a popular choice for breakfast, but these rainbow pancakes from I Am Baker can be transformed into a dessert with the addition of some sweet toppings. Perhaps even a scoop of ice cream?!
If you plan on trying all the colours of the rainbow, make these pancakes in small bite-size amounts so that you can indulge!
Do you prefer a thinner pancake? Try these rainbow crepes from The Proper Blog and serve with some of the accompanying key lime whipped cream, fruit in a variety of rainbow colours, or whatever takes your fancy!
Rainbow Pop Tarts
Perhaps not the breakfast of champions, but definitely a fun treat for special occasions. You can learn how to make your own jam-filled treats with this recipe for rainbow pop tarts courtesy of Tastemade.
Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
These rainbow Rice Krispie treats from Craft Create Cook are more time-consuming than challenging. But the satisfaction will make it all worthwhile!
If you would prefer to keep the food colouring to a minimum, you could make regular Rice Krispie treats and then cover the top with a rainbow of sprinkles.
No-Churn Rainbow Ice Cream
There are lots of tasty ideas like this no-churn rainbow ice cream over at Creamish for making really quick ice creams – no ice cream machine required, and it can be done in a matter of minutes.
It’s lots more fun to make your own and comes without all the added extras found in shop-bought ice creams.
Rainbow M&M Cookies
These soft-baked rainbow cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction are deliciously chewy and very more-ish! Great for a party (or a Monday…), they are sure to be very popular.
Use candy melts to create rainbow popcorn, like this version from The Decorated Cookie. While this would definitely brighten up a family movie night, it also makes a fantastic addition to a party food menu.
These sparkly fruity rainbow gummies from Our Best Bites can be coloured and flavoured as much as you like, and the recipe will show you just how to get started.
Rainbow Slice Cookies
Crazy For Crust shows you just how to make these slice-and-bake rainbow cookies using a classic sugar cookie recipe. Add some little cookie dot clouds for extra cute factor!
Rainbow Candy Bark
Made in minutes, this rainbow candy bark from My Name is Snickerdoodle is a really fun idea for treats or parties.
Use whatever sprinkles, sweets and candy you can find to make this bark as colourful as possible!
Layer up different colours to create a jello rainbow of wobble – Made By a Princess shows you how to perfect the layering.
You could make individual servings, or create one big glass bowl of wondrous wobble for the kids to enjoy.
Rainbow Jello Wedges
Another great jello idea is to give these rainbow jello orange wedges from Tablespoon a try. How fun would these be for a kids party?!
If you love a waffle, just think how much more exciting a rainbow one will be like this one from Tablespoon! And just look at those whipped cream clouds…
Chocolate-Covered Rainbow Strawberries
Candy melts in a range of colours can transform anything into a rainbow treat! Just look at these chocolate-covered strawberries from Dash of Sanity that are sure to be gobbled up in no time!
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Rainbow Cakes and Cupcakes
Cakes are the ultimate way to create a rainbow dessert the whole family will be wowed by.
Keep it quick and simple, and decorate your favourite cake with some Smarties or M&Ms in a rainbow pattern like this one from Taste.
Rainbow Layer Cake
Take it to the next level with a multicoloured rainbow layer cake. Imagine slicing into this and seeing the reactions when a rainbow appears! Cupcake Jemma shows you just how to create your own with this step-by-step video.
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A Twist on Traditional
This rainbow Swiss roll is a show-stopping twist on the classic and would be perfect for a party.
While this recipe from Tablespoon uses a box cake, any Swiss roll recipe, coloured and cooked the same, would work just as well.
Amp up the rainbow colours! This stunning cake from Land O Lakes features rainbow layers and is adorned with beautiful rainbow buttercream roses for a really eye-catching finish.
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These playful rainbow cupcakes from Dessert Now, Dinner Later are making us drool! The bright colours, in perfect layers, peaked cupcakes, and whipped cream cheese frosting – so much goodness going on in one cupcake!
Give any cupcake (homemade or shop-bought) a rainbow makeover with this really effective rainbow buttercream. Panko Bunny shows you how to create the effect with a how-to video.
A Rainbow of Cupcakes
Create your own rainbow with cupcakes, thanks to this clever and deceptively simple idea we found on Pinterest!
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Which of these rainbow desserts or treats will you be trying first? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!