Rainbow Cake

2 boxes white cake mix
2-12 oz cans clear soda: ginger ale and/or sprite
gel food coloring (6 colors)
16 oz whipped topping
2 small boxes instant pudding mix

how to: rainbow cake!
Pour 2-12 oz cans of soda into the two boxes of cake mix. No eggs, no oil, no water, no sweat. Blend until batter is smooth.

how to: rainbow cake!
Divide batter evenly into six smaller bowls (about 1½ cups each), and add one color of gel to each bowl. The gel colors are much bolder than liquid food coloring.

how to: rainbow cake!
Stir each color until it's completely blended into the batter.

how to: rainbow cake!
Grease and dust, with flour, two 9-inch cake pans. Drop the colors, one by one, into the middle of one  pan on top of each other. The first color you drop into the pan, use about 2/3 of the mix of that color, and then decrease each color as you go, otherwise, the top (last) color will really dominate. When you're done with the first pan, do the reverse colors in the second pan so everything will come out even. 

how to: rainbow cake!
Follow baking directions on the box. Check it when the box says to, but usually, it will need an extra 5 or 10 minutes because of the density of this soda method. Just keep baking, checking back every 5 minutes or so until a toothpick to the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely before moving to a wire rack.

how to: rainbow cake! 
While the cake cools, make the Frosting. Combine the 2 boxes of pudding mix with the thawed whipped topping (Cool Whip). The frosting may be a little challenging to spread, so, put little globs of frosting all over, then smooth it out.

how to: rainbow cake!
This rainbow technique also works well for cupcakes, and if you want, you can use the regular directions on the cake mix instead of the soda recipe.

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