Birthday week Giveaway-A-Day is After the Tutorial
Looking back through the online family albums I was reminded how popular this cake was.
It inspired comments like "Best. Cake. Ever!" and "Wow!" and my personal favorite "Will you be my Mommy?" Now that's validation for the day of work you took off to bake a cake for a toddler.
Although it may seem simple enough, I admit I googled through a dozen or so blogs to see the variations on rainbow cake just to give me the start-up courage. In keeping with the birthday spirit, I want to share with you the straight forward how-to of this cake (it's a monster but worthwhile). But onto the How-to.
How To Bake your own Huge Rainbow Cake
1). If you're smart, you'll buy 2 packs of (white/vanilla) cake mix, prepare batter and proceed to divide into 6 bowls. If you're me and don't live where this is an available option, mix two batches of batter from scratch and then divide into separate bowls. *Modify number of bowls if you want more or less colors but I'll emphasize that six bake nicely.
2). Break out the gel food coloring. You really want your colors to be vibrant now before you bake (some colors may dull out a bit in the oven).
3). Pour and bake each batter in separate aluminum pie tins, unless you have 6 or so cake pans lying around your kitchen. These make slightly thinner layers than a normal batch of layer cake (1/3 batter vs 1/2) so watch carefully.
4). Take random pictures of your kitchen until your cakes are baked and cooled entirely. Again, if you are smart you will level out the layers of your cake that have puffed during baking before using your store bought frosting to layer and crumb-coat the ginormous cake tower. If you're a renegade like me, you will throw caution to the wind and begin stacking your puffy cakes with homemade buttercream and hope the shear weight of the piled cakes will hold it upright.
5). If you're looking to go all the way with this cake (come on, you know you want to) cover in fondant and create 6 balls of gum-paste to match the colors of the inside of your cake and decorate in an outside ring. If not, decorate as you please.
My favorite thing about this cake was that it was an absolute surprise for my then 3 year old child. From the outside, it looked like a pretty normal birthday cake and wasn't too exciting.
But cut one of these babies open at your party and wow! Even when you see it open for the first time, it's impressive and worth all the tiny steps.
6). Cut yourself and your party-goers a slice with a very large and very sharp knife (keeps the colors tidy) and enjoy!
BUT WAIT! I promised a birthday giveaway today and everyday this week.
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*Bonus Entry: Tell me how far you'll go for a party, a kid's a spouses or your own. What is the craziest thing you'll do to make it a Par-tay?
What's the Super Giveaway Prize?
A romantic red rosette headband for one lucky winner. The winner's headband will actually be red but the pink one shows off the design nicely.
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