Our family LOVES to celebrate the Olympics! It has all the things we love: competition, patriotism, underdogs, champions, and learning new things. We make it a family affair by cheering on team USA. We make torches, paint and craft American flags, and make an Olympic cake.
Baking something with the Olympic rings on it is our favorite way to celebrate the Olympics. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to have cake?! The best part is, it is super simple and a fun cooking activity to do with your kids.
Olympic Rings Cake
This red, white, and blue cake topped with Olympic rings is so simple to put together. With the help of icing gels and some M&Ms for the rings you will have a quick and easy dessert. I used a basic boxed cake mix because it’s much quicker and time is of the essence when baking with small children.
To make your cake red, white, and blue begin by mixing up the white cake mix according to the directions. Kids can help by gathering ingredients, mixing, or cracking the eggs like Harley. She started cracking eggs around the age of 5. Just make sure to give them a separate bowl so if any shells make it into the bowl you can easily fish them out.
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I recommend using icing gels for coloring rather than food coloring. I discovered discovered them for Harley’s 4th birthday when she wanted a pink and purple cake. After some internet research, I found out that icing gels are a better way to color your cake batter.
The brand I use is Wilton. It’s a concentrated gel that comes 8 colors to a box. No more guessing with a ton of food coloring to get the exact shade you want. I highly recommend you give them a try. Especially if you have girls and will be making a lot of pink and purple cakes or frosting in your future. Click here (or on the image below) to order on Amazon!
Once you mix up the batter, you will need to divide the batter into two other mixing bowls. (Pyrex bowls are perfect for this.) One bowl will be your red batter and one will be your blue. Pour the remaining plain white batter into the greased cake pan.
To add the coloring to the cake, get some of the gel on a toothpick. Add it to the cake batter and stir. The simple task of stirring is a great way to help kids feel involved.
Harley wanted to make the cake portion look like the American flag, so we did our best to drizzle the blue and red cake batter into something that resembled the stars and stripes.
Once the cake was baked and cooled, it was time to frost! We used store bought icing.
After the cake was baked and frosted, it’s time to add the Olympic rings. My girls are major M&M addicts so we used those to make each of the rings.
And there ya have it! A simple, fun, and delicious Olympic activity the whole family will enjoy. Who wants cake?!