19 Rainbow Desserts and Other Rainbow Recipes

These 19 rainbow baking ideas and other rainbow sweets will bring a burst of magic into your life. Whether you’re hosting a birthday party or marking Pride Month, rainbow foods are sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike.

In this roundup post of rainbow recipes, you’ll find a collection of colorful rainbow desserts and other rainbow baking recipes, all made from scratch. Some you’ll expect, like the rainbow layer cake or funfetti cookies. Other rainbow treats will bring a big rainbow surprise. You’ll have to read on to see!

four images of rainbow fruit, rainbow sprinkles, rainbow bread, and rainbow sprinkles on rice krispie treats. The title reads, "18 rainbow recipes."

How to make rainbow desserts

Fruit in rainbow colors

Fresh fruit is a great way to create colorful desserts with no food coloring. Here are some suggestions for my favorites, but it’s always best to use what’s in season:

 

  • Red: Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, grapes
  • Orange: Apricots, oranges
  • Yellow: Mango, pineapple, bananas
  • Green: Kiwi, green grapes
  • Blue: Blueberries
  • Purple: Blackberries, grapes

Rainbow food coloring

For vibrant and consistent colors, food coloring is your option. Liquid, gel, and powder food colors each have their benefits. Liquid colors are easy to mix, gel colors are more concentrated, and you can get natural food coloring in a variety of different powders.

Best rainbow desserts

Want just a sampling of the best colorful sweets? Start here:

Fruit-Based Rainbow Desserts

Use a variety of fresh, colorful fruits for a simple, colorful dessert. Arrange your rainbow fruit tray in lines from red to violet to showcase the vibrant colors.

square wood tray with red grapes, strawberries, sliced apricot, sliced mango, sliced kiwi, blueberries, and blackberries in rainbow order.

You can also arrange the same fruit on fruit skewers in rainbow order. This way you’re sure to get a bite of every color of the rainbow.

Go slightly fancier with a rainbow fruit parfait layered with yogurt in a tall glass. Or step it up with a rainbow fruit tart made with curd and a nut crust or mini pie crust shells.

A rainbow fruit tart with strawberries, apricot, mango, kiwi, blueberries, and blackberries in a spiral pattern.
Rainbow Fruit Tart
Brightly colored seasonal fruit arranged in a spiral pattern make this rainbow fruit tart a showstopper for your summer get-togethers.
Rainbow Fruit Tart

Or you can make mini rainbow tarts with these mini pie shells.

mini tart shells filled with lemon curd and a rainbow of fresh fruit.
Easy Dairy Free Fruit Dip
Easy Dairy Free Fruit Dip
Want something to go with your rainbow fruit tray? This dairy free fruit dip is quick, easy, and delicious!
Fruit Dip
Photo credit: https://wellfedbaker.com/

Baking with food coloring

The next group of amazing rainbow desserts get their vibrancy from food coloring, both natural and artificial. I’ve got my eye on those rainbow churros down below!

nine rainbow colored sugar cookies shaped like rainbows on a cooling rack.
Rainbow Sugar Cookies
These Rainbow Sugar Cookies are rainbow-shaped cookies with a kaleidoscope of color that will bring joy your eyes and your stomach. Whether you're planning a school bake sale or gearing up for summer Pride celebrations, this rainbow sugar cookie recipe is your perfect ally.
Rainbow Sugar Cookies
Rainbow Layer Cake
Rainbow Layer Cake
This rainbow cake is made with six white cake layers, each dyed a different color of the rainbow. Frost it with an American buttercream, and you've got a perfect rainbow layer cake. Don't forget the sprinkles!
Rainbow Layer Cake
Photo credit: https://xoxobella.com/rainbow-layer-cake/
rainbow layer cake on a cake stand with two cut pieces topped with raspberries and whipped cream.
All Natural Rainbow Mille Crepe Cake
This rainbow cake is made with thin crepe layers dyed in rainbow colors and filled with whipped cream. Even more amazing is that the rainbow colors in this rainbow recipe are all-natural!
Rainbow Mille Crepe Cake
Photo credit: https://www.siftandsimmer.com/
rainbow cupcakes on a plate with white frosting and rainbow sprinkles.
Tie Dye Rainbow Cupcakes
So many rainbow cakes! These Tie Dye Rainbow Cupcakes are made with a yellow butter cake and rainbow food coloring. Don't forget the rainbow sprinkles!
Rainbow Cupcakes
Photo credit: https://tastytreatsandeats.com/
Rainbow Cake Roll
Rainbow Cake Roll
Just look at that rainbow cake! This rainbow recipe is a rainbow cake roulade made with a coconut flour sponge and filled with a sugar-free filling.
Rainbow Cake Roll
Photo credit: https://divaliciousrecipes.com/

Rainbow Churros
Rainbow Churros
How cool is this rainbow recipe? Rainbow churros aren't exactly a traditional Mexican recipe, but I'm willing to overlook that for these!
Rainbow Churros
Photo credit: https://mexicanmademeatless.com/
Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
This is the rainbow recipe you get when you combine Rice Krispie Treats with a rainbow of food coloring! Easy to make and, well, rainbow!
Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats
Photo credit: https://bastecutfold.com/

Funfetti and rainbow sprinkles recipes

If you have a kiddo like my kiddo, you probably have jars of every type of sprinkle for cakes and cupcakes and ice cream and pretty much every dessert. But did you know that homemade sprinkles are super easy to make?

strips of rainbow colors piped in thin lines on parchment paper with three lines each of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
Rainbow Sprinkles
Knowing how to make homemade rainbow sprinkles will open your eyes to the magic of sprinkles. They're so easy to make and so easy to color and flavor whichever way you like. So try it once, and you won't ever buy sprinkles for cakes and cookies and ice cream ever again!
Rainbow Sprinkles

And here are some ideas for ways to use your homemade rainbow sprinkles!

twelve cut rice krispie treats topped with chocolate and rainbow sprinkles with one on its side to show the layers.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
These Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats will bring back all of your childhood memories. They've got a crispy and chewy peanut butter rice krispie bar base topped with a smooth chocolate peanut butter ganache and rainbow sprinkles. They're simple to make and perfect as a treat to bring a picnic or a potluck.
Rice Krispie Treats with Rainbow Sprinkles
Funfetti Donuts
These funfetti donuts are made with a baked cake donut covered in glaze and more rainbow sprinkles. Rainbow food for breakfast for everyone!
Rainbow Donuts
Photo credit: https://myhappybakes.com/
Double Chocolate Rainbow Chip Cookies with White and Semisweet Chips
Double Chocolate Rainbow Chip Cookies with White and Semisweet Chips
Measure chocolate chips with your heart, especially when it comes to rainbow chips! This rainbow recipe is a chocolate chip cookie made with both white and semisweet chocolate chips plus rainbow chips.
Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies
Photo credit: https://www.sweetrecipeas.com/

Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
Rainbow Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
This rainbow recipe combines a sugar cookie with rainbow sprinkles. Unicorn perfect.
Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies
Photo credit: https://theshortordercook.com/

Chewy No-Bake Rainbow Chip Granola Bars
Chewy No-Bake Rainbow Chip Granola Bars
Skip the box and whip up a batch of tasty rainbow chip granola bars!
Rainbow Chip Granola Bars
Photo credit: https://peasandcrayons.com/chewy-no-bake-rainbow-chip-granola-bars/
Funfetti Banana Bread
Funfetti Banana Bread
Combine a whole wheat banana bread with rainbow sprinkles, and what do you have? A whole lotta fun.
Rainbow Banana Bread
Photo credit: https://livslittlemuffins.com/

I hope you found something in this list of rainbow sweets and rainbow baking to make your life a little more colorful and delicious.

You can also check out my collection of savory rainbow recipes from the Ugly Duckling Bakery rainbow food archives. And don’t forget to share your rainbow creations with me on your favorite social media platform or in my Facebook group!

Are you an adventurous home cook looking for inspiration in your weeknight meals and weekend baking? Get inspiration here:

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