Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rainbow Cake

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
I have been so excited to do this cake for St. Patrick's Day ever since I saw it PlayingHouse. It was great fun to make, especially because it was a surprise! No one knew what was on the inside until we cut into it.
It's actually pretty easy to make.  I adapted the process from another food blogger at Omnomicon. I started with a white cake mix. I divided the batter into 6 bowls. It came out to about 2/3 cup per color. I then used food coloring to make each color.  I used the standard food coloring (4 color set), although I've decided I need a box of fun food coloring (12 colors).
I used 8' cake pans and put a 1/3 cup scoop into the middle of each pan. Each color built upon the next. One pan I worked from red to purple and the other I did the opposite.
Then, I got to decorate! I used my new icing and decorating skills and had some fun. The cake didn't totally cooperate with me, which was a good experience. The icing just wouldn't smooth out for me and I think I might have made my icing a bit too thin.
I also used a new icing recipe from my cake class instructor. It's a snow white buttercream. It was really yummy and I tasted more than I should have while decorating.
I worked quickly so that all of the cake was covered up before Austin or Charlotte got home. The inside was a surprise!
I'm so happy with how it turned out. Charlotte's face totally lit up when she saw the rainbow inside. What fun! This could be our fun yearly cake for St. Patty's Day!!

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