Pick all the colors you can think of, mix it with the cake batter along with thandai powder and make the most Thandai Holi Rainbow Cake. And if you love frosting then by all means go bold on that too. I used quick butter cream frosting. Now because it’s a special cake to celebrate the festival of HOLI colorful sprinkles went on top. HOLI is after all the festival of colors!
Holi Cake with Thandai Powder
Festival for me is indulging on festive food. And this holi cake is one the way I chose to introduce the festival to Avyan. He had a blast baking the cake but most important adding those colors.
This is a super easy rainbow cake to try baking with your kid. It does get a little messy but it’s fun too.
The recipe will bake a 6 inch Holi cake . It’s a simple one-bowl cake recipe.
Do remember to use food color gel for the Rainbow cake instead of the liquid food color. I used this!
How to bake this Thandai Holi Cake?
The batter of the rainbow cake is a simple one bowl:
- Whisk egg with sugar and then add vegetable oil.
- Sift the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda) and fold the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
- Add the Thandai Powder and fold to make the cake batter.
- Once the batter is ready, preheat the oven to 350F and divide the batter into six to seven small bowls. Add the food colors to each of the bowl and mix it properly.
- In the greased pan, add the colored cake batter one after the other. Don’t bother to layer it neatly. Tap the pan once you added all the batter.
- Bake for 45 to 50 mins.
You can use orange or lemon zest with little bit of juice. Or choose good old vanilla. You can also use spices of you choice like ground cardamom.
Can I prepare this Cake Eggless?
YES! Just follow this simple tutti frutti Eggless cake and instead of tutti frutti, add thandai powder and rest of the steps of adding colors and baking will remain the same.
The Butter Cream Frosting:
The recipe will make 2 and ½ cup frosting and you will probably not need all of it unless you want a thick layer of frosting on the cake.
It’s just room temperature butter that whisked with powdered sugar until it combined. For flavor I added lemon zest and a little bit of lemon juice.
As for the text on the cake, it’s just store-bought fondant.
I probably said this time and again in the past that HOLI is one festival I disliked as a kid. The idea of throwing colors at each other is fun but then it gets to a point where people will throw colored water, making it too messy.
Did I mention before I don’t like mess!
The worst part was that some of those colors won’t go for days. So as a kid, I would hide the entire day in my Mom’s kitchen.
What I did like though were all the tasty food Ma would make to indulge on later in the day.
Here in US, HOLI is not exactly played the same way and for some reason or another, I never managed to expose Avyan to the concept.
I am definitely going to try and see and if we can buy some dry colors (Rangoli as we call it) and play in the backyard if not in the social gathering that is organized every year in Bay Area.
This cake is my first HOLI treat this year. He loved baking it with me and cutting the fondant for the text.
As expected, he mostly ate the frosting. The cake was quite nice and adding lemon syrup between the cake layers kept the cake spongy.
for the cake
for the frosting
for the text on the cake