Monday, December 5, 2011

Somewhere over the Rainbow: Part Two: The Cake

Rainbow cakes really do rock! 













How pretty was that??!!

My tips on successful Rainbow Cake making:

- Make life easier for yourself and use basic butter cake mixes!  I know baking traditionalists will scoff, but I just bought 3 cake mixes (Greens), made them up, weighed them and divided them in half and ended up with perfect cakes!  In fact, I made them a week before the party (in case of a cake fail) and froze them (wrap each colour individually in glad wrap) which made it very easy to ice them on Saturday afternoon.  I popped the whole complete cake back in the fridge after icing, got it out on Sunday morning and by the time I cut into on Sunday afternoon the cakes where defrosted, the icing had set beautifully and it was really yummy - nice and light and fluffy and moist!

- My cake colours are nice and bright because I used the Wilton gel colours.  Apparently these work better that the runny liquid types which change the consistency of your cake batter and produce less intense colours.

- The icing is literally butter and icing sugar and lots of it!  To get it nice and white, whip the butter like buggery for ever and ever and then whip it even more!  I also found some white icing dye at Spotlight and added this in as well and I am really happy with the crisp, white result.  I also used a clear vanilla essence (again found at Spotlight) for some added flavour.

- I only cut a slice or two of this at the party and then had all the small people pick which colour they wanted to eat.  The cake ends up being really tall and I dread to think what all that cake and icing in one tall piece might do to a three year olds behaviour!!!

- Dont be scared to try this cake!  It really was simple to make.  It looks fantastic and has been one of the best cakes in terms of Wow Factor that I have made.

There is still some left over if anyone wants to come over for a slice!

15 comments:

  1. Oh do they rock or what??? LOVE your blow-by-blow pictorial of the cake cutting, just gorgeous. My fave pic... the one with YOU, you beautiful thing! That look of achievement and satisfaction, probably mixed with relief that the darn thing came out looking so perfect! ;o)
    I am SO keen to try a layer cake, rainbow or otherwise. I'm just itching to do it after seeing so many beautiful ones around the traps.
    Triumph lady, TRIUMPH! xo

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  2. Oh do they rock or what??? LOVE your blow-by-blow pictorial of the cake cutting, just gorgeous. My fave pic... the one with YOU, you beautiful thing! That look of achievement and satisfaction, probably mixed with relief that the darn thing came out looking so perfect! ;o)
    I am SO keen to try a layer cake, rainbow or otherwise. I'm just itching to do it after seeing so many beautiful ones around the traps.
    Triumph lady, TRIUMPH! xo

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  3. Well done!! It looks fantastic

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  4. White icing dye - great tip!! Didn't know it existed. I always get frustrated with my yellow butter icing! That cake is phenomenal - i never get over seeing the rainbow cake - it really is a show stopper!

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  5. That cake looks fantastic!!! I really want to attempt to make one... they just look so amazing :)
    Thanks for the tips!!!

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  6. What a magnificent cake. I so want one for my next birthday.

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  7. Sensational, Sonia! Emma directed me here to your blog as I'm doing a rainbow party on 18 Dec for our 4 year old daughter. I love all these extra tips - you're a legend for sharing them! J x

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  8. oh wow ! seeing this cake all over blogland and i'm still not tired of looking all the wonderfulness! well done you xx

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  9. I jumped with glee when I saw your rainbow thumbnail rainbow cake pic on our creative spaces! I needed to know how to make the icing white (i have all my colour layers baked). Have just texted my hubby to go to spotlight for white icing colouring! AWESOME, thanks!
    ps it looks stunning and yummy x

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  10. What an awesome cake! Great tips too, thank-you!

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  11. What an awesome cake! Great tips too, thank-you!

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