Taste the Rainbow: 15 Colorful Treats to Make in Honor of Pride Month

Rainbow layer cake

Celebrate this important month by making a delicious, meaningful, and colorful dessert.

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Gay Pride Rainbow Flag
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Every June, millions of people around the world celebrate Pride Month, which uplifts the LGTBQ+ community and honors the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. From parades to workshops to concerts, this month offers us countless chances to spread the love. Of course, every celebration deserves delicious food: In honor of Pride Month, we're sharing 15 multi-colored dessert recipes that you're sure to love.

If there's one dessert that's practically made for Pride, it's our 12-layer Rainbow Cake. It starts with a large amount of vanilla cake batter—five large egg whites keep the cake super moist and airy. Next, the batter is divided into sections and each dyed with every color of the rainbow. The layers are baked then stacked with a thick layer of our Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream between each. When this beauty is sliced, everyone's jaws will drop as they see that delectable rainbow on the inside.

Another great way to decorate your Pride Month desserts is with ombré frosting. Go from light to royal blue, mint green to pine green, or light pink to magenta with just a few drops of food coloring in the buttercream. We have two recipes that make use of this fun, celebratory technique, including our frosted sugar cookies, which will be enjoyed by one and all. Hosting a pride party for a crowd? You'll want to make our Ombré Sheet Cake, which is easy to transport on-the-go and slice up for a festive bunch. Looking for something a bit lighter and gluten free? Our Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds, which is loaded with fresh fruit and bright, juicy flavor, is sure to suit your needs. An eye-catching array of mixed citrus such as clementines, tangerines, grapefruit, and Meyer lemons is colorful and delicious for a Pride month fruit salad.

From our End-of-the-Rainbow Cookies to colorful Baked Cake Donuts, these pride recipes are exactly what you should make and share to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this month.

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Rainbow Cake


Break out your gel food coloring to give this festive layer cake a Technicolor effect. Alternate colorful layers with a light, lemony Swiss meringue buttercream frosting.

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Ombrè Cookies

ombre cookies
Raymond Hom

These frosted cookies are perfect for showing off your pride. A variety of tinted buttercream makes this the ultimate spirited dessert.

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Rainbow Fruit Tart

rainbow fruit tart
Martyna Szczesna

It's time to get greedy in the fruit aisle! Stock up on every color under the sun to crown this easy-to-make puff-pastry tart filled with freshly whipped cream.

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Baked Cake Donuts

baked donuts
Bryan Gardner

Here's a breakfast made for joyful pre-parade consumption: Take the fuss out of these crowd-pleasing treats by baking instead of frying, then turn up the volume with colorful glazes and rainbow sprinkles.

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End-of-the-Rainbow Cookies

end of the rainbow slice and bake cookies with peanut butter cups
Johnny Fogg

It's your lucky day. Even after the parade ends, you can still enjoy these rainbow shortbread cookies.

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Ombré Sheet Cake

ombre frosting sheetcake
Raymond Hom

Hosting a pride party? This potluck and crowd-friendly sheet cake is just the thing to celebrate with your LGBTQ+ community.

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Mini Chocolate Cupcakes with Multicolored Frosting


If tinting a cake seems too daunting, stick to working your magic up top. Use gel food coloring for first-rate flavor and consistency.

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Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds

John Kernick

Health nuts needn't feel forgotten. This fruity melange is resplendent with (almost) every color of the rainbow.

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Chocolate Ganache Heart Tartlets


If you love chocolate desserts, this is the dessert for you. To take it to the next level, an array of hand-piped meringue hearts upstages the bittersweet base.

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Sprinkle Cake

Bryan Gardner

You need a whopping two cups of rainbow sprinkles for this showstopper—half goes in the cake batter and half is used to decorate the frosted exterior.

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Chocolate Banana Pops


There's plenty of room for expression on these bitty banana pops. Use leftover chocolate and sprinkles to make Nonpareils Candies, too.

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Spiced Cupcakes with Citrus Glaze


A diversity of glazes makes for a party-perfect platter. The only clash will be your guests fighting for the last one.

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Frozen Rainbow Chiffon Cake


Each fruity flavor in this sorbet cake comes directly from the source.

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Lovebird Cookies


Lovebirds in rainbow colors say it all. Use store-bought candies such as Sweethearts, gumdrops, jellybeans, and candy hearts to make their adorable features.

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Rainbow Sorbet Cake


This cake-less cake sandwiches sorbet layers between discs of meringue.

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