Joan’s Rainbow Cake – Three layers of cake, one strawberry, other pista and lastly orange , sandwiched together with delicious whipped cream and topped with melted chocolate ..!

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Alright..! I admit it. Yes, it is the SALT AND PEPPER cake. It is THE Juans / Joans rainbow cake that Lal and Shweta Menon made in that lovely song in that super hit movie. And YES, it is my daughter’s cake by demand for her birthday too..!

Okay, I have seen all my friends rolling over with laughter when they heard Irene’s demand. They laughed, roared, rolled over and laughed again. A cake from a movie?? And one with absolutely no recipe too… heheh hahaha..!

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For those who have not heard of this cake, let me enlighten you. There is a food based Malayalam movie called SALT AND PEPPER. The above mentioned actors are the 35 plus aged protagonists of the movie. They start talking when the lady mistakenly calls the hero and orders for Dosa and chutney. Soon they are bound together by a common love for food and a romance blooms. Lal then gives the recipe for a Juans / Joans rainbow cake to Shwetha and they make it in their different homes, yet together.

The story behind this cake is quite interesting, though no proof about the authenticity of this tale has been found in my search. The story is about Juan, a french lady who awaits the return of her love who is fighting in the second world war, far away from home. On the first day of her wait she bakes a delicious strawberry cake for him. However he does not return that day. On the second day she bakes a pista cake, only to be disappointed again. She joined the cakes together with some whipped cream. Her wait continued into the third day when she made an orange cake. He still did not come. She went to bed disappointed that night. Next morning her love arrived bearing a gift of good chocolates for his lady. She combined all the cakes she baked with cream. She then melted the chocolate and poured it over the cake, and then served it to her loved one. They ate it together in celebration of his return and their never ending love.

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JUAN / JOAN’S RAINBOW CAKE

For the Strawberry Cake

  •  200 gm Fresh Strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1 cup All purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 50 gm Butter
  • 1 tsp Strawberry essence
  • Red Food Color as needed
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter your cake pan and line it with butter paper. Keep aside.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder thrice and keep aside.
  • Combine the chopped strawberries, 2 Tbsp sugar and the water in a small saucepan and cook till softened. Cool and puree to a paste and keep aside.
  • Using a hand blender beat the butter and sugar till light a creamy.
  • Add the egg and mix well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and beat till combined.
  • Pour this batter into the prepared pan and tap it lightly on the work area to distribute the batter evenly. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.
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For the Pistachio Cake

  • 1 cup Pistachio
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 cup All purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 50 gm Butter
  • 1 tsp Pistachio essence
  • Green Food Color as needed
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter your cake pan and line it with butter paper. Keep aside.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder thrice and keep aside.
  • Soak the pistachio in milk for 2 hours. Using a grinder, grind the pistachio – milk to a paste
  • Using a hand blender beat the butter and sugar till light a creamy.
  • Add the egg and mix well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and beat till combined.
  • Pour this batter into the prepared pan and tap it lightly on the work area to distribute the batter evenly. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

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For the Orange Cake

  • 1/2 cup Orange juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp Orange rind
  • 1 cup All purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 50 gm Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Orange essence
  • Orange Food Color as needed
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter your cake pan and line it with butter paper. Keep aside.
  • Sift the flour and baking powder thrice and keep aside.
  • Using a hand blender beat the butter and sugar till light a creamy.
  • Add the egg and mix well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and beat till combined.
  • Pour this batter into the prepared pan and tap it lightly on the work area to distribute the batter evenly. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or till a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

For the topping

  • 250 gm good quality Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup cream

Heat the cream in the microwave till hot. Add The chocolate pieces to the cream and mix till it has all melted into a smooth paste.

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Assembly

  • 250 ml Whipped cream
  • 3 Tbsp Icing Sugar
  • Beat the cream and the sugar till it forms stiff peaks.
  • Place the strawberry cake on the cake base. Top it with a big dollop of cream.
  • Place the pistachio cake on top of the cream. Top this layer with another dollop of cream.
  • Place the orange cake on top of this filling. Spread the remaining cream over the sides and top of the full cake. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • After 2 hours, remove the cake from the fridge and pour the chocolate topping over the cake. Decorate with fresh strawberries and milk chocolate shavings.  Refrigerate till needed.
  • Slice and Enjoy..!!

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Happy Birthday Darling..! It sure was hectic baking this cake from scratch  :) . But then anything for you, anytime. Love ya ..!

 

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98 Responses to Juan /Joan’s Rainbow Cake

  1. Priya says:

    Ah – That looks good! I too made one not so long ago! – Looks like your’s has turned out well and I love the flavors :) Have a great weekend

  2. Manju Nair says:

    Amazing post ….really amazing…
    n that cake is to die for…ur daughter looks so cute :-) Happy bday dear!

    I wanted to comment on ur Hi Hat cupcakes too, another amazing post…I love spending my time here :-)

    n welcome back n really glad to knw all iz well at ur end!

    • Anzz says:

      Thanx dear MAnju. Irene was thrilled to see your comment. . And I am too. Such a lovely comment. Thanx a zillion my dear..!

  3. simran kamath says:

    awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!happy birthday to the young lady..god bless!..gorgeous cake(as usual)..not seen the movie but i’m sure this cake would beat the other one hollow!

  4. Tina says:

    wow..What a beautiful cake chechy…So neat and perfect..Belaed birthday wishes to molutty..

  5. lol, cute story but the cake looks fantastic! love the three colours, love the melted chocolate ganache on top and love the strawberries…totally took my breath away!

  6. Such an interesting story behind the cake! It looks gorgeous! Happy birthday to your daughter too!

  7. Tina says:

    Happy Birthday to the little Angel ….May God bless you dear..

    Ansy,you are a great mother..i am totally touched..God bless you and family..I have never tried a cake ..but when i saw this cake in Salt n pepper that too last week (was shown in tv) i was wondering how i will have this.but when i try to make cake,i will surely try this.thank you soo much for sharing this recipe.
    hope ur lil angel enjoyed her bday cake made by her mom..

    • Anzz says:

      She sure did. Thanx Tina. Your comment really warmed my heart. I think the most important task is to do good by your children. I normally tend to overlook the difficulties and do things that make them happier. After all many years later, when they look back, all these will be pleasant memories.! Try baking cakes, it is an experience you will definitely enjoy..!

  8. Sarah says:

    ur lucky daughter! and u are such a caring mom! wow! happy birthday to the little one!

  9. I most definitely remember this cake from the movie..and wasn’t the title song such a treat for foodies ! But you seemed to have put in quite an effort to bake it from your scratch for your lil one ! Belated happy bday to her !!

  10. faseela says:

    wow….Anzzz….awesome Cake……….

  11. wow…the cake looks so so delicious…..I’m absolutely drooling over the pics !!!

  12. manju says:

    ah!!! you made this!!!! I am thinking about it from the day i saw that movie….it look awesome dear…and loved the smile on your little princess face

    • Anzz says:

      She was delighted. The princess had her wish and what more could she ask for?? HAd to make it for it was one of her Bday wishes :)

  13. Priya says:

    Wat a catchy and eye pleasing cake..wont mind to have a slice.

    • Anzz says:

      Sometimes I wish there was a machine with which I could zap up goodies made in other sites and bring it on my table. :) Then I would have sent you some too ..!

  14. Kanan says:

    cake looks awesome.

  15. Amelia says:

    Hi Anzz, wow… your cake look so beautiful. Love the layering and the color combination.
    Gorgeous presentation too.

    Have a great week ahead. Regards.

    • Anzz says:

      Thanx Amelia. I had fun making the cake even though the time taken was terrific. But the smile on her face was worth it all. :)

  16. julie says:

    Belated birthday wishes to your sweetie pie..Indeed this is an amazing job..love all three flavors n yummy slice!!

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  17. chitra says:

    wow, it looks lovely ..:)

  18. Quick Picks says:

    super like, Anzzz . the cake luks awesome!!

  19. Awesome Cake Anzz, looks marvelous. A bit late to wish but my Belated Birthday Wishes to your Sweety. Since you r not in GFC now I’m not getting new post updates and hence end up reaching late here :(

    • Anzz says:

      It is never too late to wish her. if she had any choice she would declae her bday to be a national holiday, and then expect to be wished and pampered all the way till the next birhday..! How is that for birthday gal attitude??

  20. Hema says:

    Beautiful cake dear, and I can see how delighted your daughter was in the last picture, you can do anything for that sweet smile..

  21. inara fathima says:

    AWESOME CAKE DEAR………….I WILL TRY THIS SURELY AND I HAVE A DOUBT WHIPPED CREAM(POWDER ONE BEAT WITH MILK OR LIKE NESTLE CREAM)

    • Anzz says:

      HI, you will get whipped cream in the cheese/ milk section of the supermarket. It is more like a flowing cream. When you whip it, it becomes thick and yummy.

  22. Teena Mary says:

    Gorgeous cake Anzz!!! Loved the colors, decoration…ahh…YUMMY!!! Your daughter is adorable & its evident how much excited she was to see her dreams comes true :) Belated B’day wishes for the lil angel!!

    • Anzz says:

      She was very excited with the cake. She has a cd of the movie and she keeps watching it coz she has a fondness for the cake. It was perfect for her.!

  23. Suchi says:

    Oh my what a super decadent cake! Thanks for sharing the story of the movie, now I am tempted to watch it :-) Belated birthday wishes for your daughter…am sure she will carry the memory of this lovely birthday cake all her life :-) God bless her!

    • Anzz says:

      Yup, the story adds a novelty to the cake and the movie is a good one to watch. HAve a go.! You will enjoy it..! Thanx for the wishes..!

  24. Merlyn says:

    Hi Anzz,

    From the time I saw dis movie hav been wanting to make dis cake.. Well on teh 19th is my son’s bday and was searchin on the net for dis cake’s recipe wen i stumbled upom ur blog… I tried ur kappa biriyani and it jus came out fab.. Everyone luvd it ( for a chg , coz I am not dat gud a cook ;) ) .. The only thing I luv is bakin cakes ..

    I hav a doubt, which chocolate did u use for the topping. I mean usually for a ganache dey use semi sweet chocs and dat is kinda bitter unless prepd well in advance.. If u cud lemme know whcih choc u used it wud b really nice .. Also about the cake tin , was it a small cake tin ( like d small butter cookie tin ) or a larger one.. Got to buy a small cake tin dats why.. Did u use the food color.. Is it jus an option ??

    And belated Bday wishes to ur luvly daughter…

    Thx in advance :) Have become a fan of ur blog…

    • Anzz says:

      Hi dear, thanx a zillion for your lovely words and welcome to my site. It is great to meet you here.
      I used the Hersheys semi sweet chocolate chips for the ganache. They are not bitter and perfect for he topping.
      As for the cake pan, if you are looking for thin layers use a larger pan and reduce the cooking time for each cake by about 5 to 10 minutes. I wantd larger layers, so I used a small tin. Food color is used in small proportions because part of he charm of the cake are the colored layers. If you omit it, you end up with neutral shades and they do not look that pretty. Hope I was able to clear your queries. HAv fun baking an do keep in touch.!

  25. Merlyn says:

    Hi Ancy…

    One more doubt..For the choc topping which cream did u use .. Is it whippin cream !!! I used to use whippin cream and since u dint mention it in ur recipe was jus havin a doubt…

    Thx

    • Anzz says:

      Hi there,
      Yes I used normal Kdd / Amul cream for the topping. It is only meant to give the chocoalte topping some flow and lightness.

  26. Hi Anzz, first of all belated happy bday to the lil one, she looks so cute in the pic :) god bless her, the cake looks so beautiful and i really loved the layering and the color combination…. great effort but worth it for kids anytime!

    • Anzz says:

      Thank you dear. I have been trying to comment on your recipes for a while but the options are not working out. Somehow my messages never get posted. Really wanted to tell you that you have a lovely collection.. loved it..!

  27. inara says:

    Hi Anzz i made this cake for my son’s birth day.my son and his friends liked it very much. (For topping I added 250 gm baking chocolate and 200 ml cream(puke thick cream) its very tasty……….. thank you once again :):):)

    • Anzz says:

      DEar Inara, a very happy bday to your dear son. I am really happy to know that he enjoyed the cake. It is moments like these, when happy moms write in about how you enjoyed a dish, that makes blogging worth while. Am so honored that you wrote in.. Thanx…!

  28. I’m very late to wish your daughter a happy birth day, But I’m sure she had a great birthday and surely she is blessed with a wonderful mother too. It’s such a big cake and required lots of efforts to complete.
    I was away from blogging and missed so many recipes, would love to browse later.

  29. Bini says:

    The cake luks sooooooooo yummy, Actually more yummier than the cake in the movie…! My hubby asked me to make this on our wedding anniversay… I am new to baking and no idea about frosting and icing…!Its a challenge for me to bake but ur instructions luk simple and easy to follow….Here in saudi I couldn’t get pista essence,can u suggest any alternative which wil not spoil the taste of the cake?

    • Anzz says:

      Hi Bini, welcome to Anzzcafe and thanx for your lovely comment. If you do not have pista essence, I suggest you can increase the amount of pista by 1/4 cup more. That will give a stronger pista flavor to the cake. In case you do not want too much flavor, jst omit the essence all together. Try it and do let me know. All my best wishes for your anniversary my dear..

      • Bini says:

        thank u soo much for your reply.I’ll try it and surely wil inform you the result.And thank you for your wishes too.

  30. Tijo says:

    Hi chechi after watching the movie salt n pepper i just search for juan’s rainbow cake recipe & i found your post. Thank you for the recipe. But unfortunatelly i can’t make it here because i don’t have any facility for cooking in my accomodation. I’ll try it when i’m going my home for leave. Anyway thank you once again . . .

    • Anzz says:

      Dear Tijo, that movie is one of the foodies all time faves… so definitely trying the cake was a definite yes…! Try it sometime u will enjoy the experience..!

  31. Neha says:

    Hi..

    I don’t know you but i must say you have a marvelous collection, you are so creative and your website is so addicting this is my first time and I always want to come back .. thanks for all the beautiful posts :)

    • Anzz says:

      Neha…. :) It has been a long 2 months for me..shifting from Bahrain to India and my sisters wedding… I got a chance to get back to my blog now and wow..! Your words made my day… so motivating and genuine, bought a smile to my eyes..!

  32. thanks for the recipe but does the colur of the pistacio cake and oragage cake come naturally or do have to add food colouring

  33. Surya says:

    Ann,

    Its been a long time, and I just happened to visit your site and saw this awesome picture of the beautiful cake….. Looks really yummmy…

    Heres wishing a belated birthday wish to Irene!!!

    Love
    Surya

    • Anzz says:

      Thanx Surya… I have news for you my gal…! I have moved bag and baggage back to India..!
      Will mail ya soon…! :) My love to the little angel..!

  34. sneha george says:

    Irene is lucky to have a mom like this…. and that’s an awesome recipe… i will try it out very soon… :)

  35. sheethal says:

    Can we useed those tinned strawberries which we Get…….and how to makes the cakes really spongy……

  36. vinnie says:

    Can the pistacho be soked overnight in milk?
    Thank you for the recipe. :)

  37. Rithin Campbell says:

    thanx alot, I’ve been searching for this recipe for a long time, loved the way of describing the whole story behind the cake. This is my first time on your blog and definitely not gonna be the last time :) waiting for more recipes

  38. neeraja arun says:

    hi Anzz… ive been wishing to make this cake from the day i saw that movie. then i thought of making it on my wedding anniversary for my sweet hubby. but since its on december , and i just cant wait anymore to try this out,as your cake looks that much tempting. i’m gonna bake it this week only. thanx alot for the recipe….. best wishes…

  39. shabnatp says:

    its really awsom

  40. shabnatp says:

    thank u 4 the recipeee

  41. Ashlyn Mathews says:

    Oh my god.. The cake looks stunning :) a doubt though, on the movie they did it over the course of three days, do you make it in three days or just one? I really want to attempt this cake!

  42. Shella says:

    Yummmm. You were really courageous to bake this. Commendable. N however tiring it was, I am sure it was worth the while to see the sparkle in your girls eyes. Isint it? God bless her

  43. amina saleem says:

    It’s awesome. especially the orange cake. and the topping is also good. luv it’ :) :*

  44. joyce says:

    I made this once & it was an instant success. thank u. ur recipe is the simplest & hassle free that I found. gonna make it one more time, but I thought of teaming it with plain layer cake & banana cake. let’s see if it turns out good! wish me luck!

  45. sana k k says:

    awesome

  46. sana k k says:

    delecious cake thank you for teaching abeautifull cake

  47. sana k k says:

    yummy you were really courageous to bake this .i aqm sure it was worththe while to see the sparkle in your girls eyes.isin it ? GOD BLESS HER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Keshav says:

    wish my dad n mom makes dis fr me whn i tell thm too..:-)

  49. Maya says:

    Hey dear!

    I came across the post while searching for the video of cake baking (Salt and pepper movie)as I wanted to share that clip with friends. I have recommended this link to them. Felt surprised as well wonderful to know that you tried something, taking inspiration from that movie..Lots of love to your daughter who voiced her wish! And thanks for sharing! Can I share this with friends in facebook?

    • Anzz says:

      Thank You Maya for the lovely comment.Please be my guest and do share it on facebook. The idea behind the effort is indeed to share it among all alike. :) And yes Irene really enjoyed the cake. She is a “sweet” girl.!

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