Detail image of Damaris and a friend at a Pride parade for the June 2023 Damaris story.

Damaris at a past Louisville Pride Parade. Provided Photos.

In honor of Pride month, our resident Food Network Star dishes up a festive and fun-to-make dessert.

By Damaris Phillips

There are so many ways to celebrate Pride in Louisville this June. There are parades, roller skating parties, drag queen story times or 5Ks – all ready for you to show up, support, and honor our LGBTQIA2S+ friends and family.

I wanted to help kick off the fun and festive vibe with a dessert that’s visually impressive, but requires zero actual cooking skills – my Rainbow Ice Cream Cake! It’s delicious and looks special, but is easy enough for my 15-year-old nibling (gender neutral term for the child of one’s sibling) to make for their Pride party. Enjoy and Happy Pride!

Detail image of Rainbow Cake for June 2023 Damaris story.




  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream 
  • 1 pound cake (store bought loaf pan type) 
  • Red gel food coloring 
  • Orange gel food coloring 
  • Yellow gel food coloring 
  • Green gel food coloring 
  • Blue gel food coloring 
  • Purple gel food coloring 
  • Whipped cream to garnish 
  • Rainbow sprinkle to garnish 
  • Maraschino cherries to garnish  


  1. Line a standard loaf pan with plastic wrap.
  2. Allow the ice cream to thaw slightly and then divide into six separate bowls. Color each bowl of ice cream with a different gel food color. Start with red. Add a drop, stir and gradually add more until the desired color is reached. Add the red to the bottom of the loaf pan. Tamp the pan to help the ice cream settle. Repeat the process with the orange, then yellow, then green, then blue, and finally purple.
  3. Cover the ice cream with a layer of pound cake. Cut the pound cake into two-inch thick slabs. Trim the cake as needed to cover the top completely.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer until frozen solid, two to four hours. To serve gently unmold the cake by pulling on the plastic wrap to help the cake release from the pan. Slice into eight even pieces. Garnish with whipped cream, sprinkles and a cherry.