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!