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Megans Cookin: A Rainbow Cake: And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story!

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Rainbow Cake: And Now You Know The Rest Of The Story!

I've wanted to make a rainbow cake for quite awhile now. I'd seen a few of them while surfing on the food blogs and thought "One of these days..." Rainbow cakes have 3 different colors poured into one pan and then stacked to make a 2 layer cake. When sliced, you see all 6 colors.

Then I visited Trish of The Kobialka Family and saw she made 6 layers , one for each color. I knew this cake would be baked sooner then later!

And I had the perfect opportunity!

"Graduation Day 2009"

Here's The Hubby, The Kid (AKA The Graduate) and the MIL.
Beautiful family I have, wouldn't you agree?

I started this cake by using Trish's favorite wedding cake recipe and I have to agree with her. This was one nice, moist, and sturdy cake with a wonderful almond flavor. I cut the recipe in half and had a little more then 6 cups. One cup per layer! I colored each cup with a different rainbow color. Good think I have plenty of spatulas.

Here are my layers all stacked up. In order to make this a little bit easier for me, knowing there were plenty of graduating errands and chores to do, I bought disposable cake pans. I didn't want to make 2 and wait, make 2 more and wait, make two more and... well, you get it. So disposal pans made it easy and quicker. (Got that tip from Bakerella!)

Since I was already stole Trish's 6 layer idea and her cake recipe, I might as well steal,...err,... I mean borrow her filling too. Besides, who can resist a filling called "Candy Bar Filling"?
Certainly not me!

Another brief chilling time before decorating.

These are one of the Edible images I got for this cake. I got these at Country Sweet Art and love using them. The one I use on the sides come 3 strips to a paper and they just peel off and you lay them right on the buttercream. After a short period of time, they marry into the frosting and become one. They are really fun to use and take an ordinary cake up a notch!

Applying the first strip.

Piping along the bottom covers a multitude of sins.

Did you notice the colors on the side are in a rainbow order? Just like the inside of the cake!

The top image was a large circle edible image. Just have to be careful to put it where you want it because once to place it down on the buttercream, you wont be able to adjust it . It's pretty much staying where you put it the first time.

Smooth out any air bubbles and pipe another row of frosting along the top edge.

And you have a very pretty rainbow cake perfect for an eighth grade graduation party!

But there was a huge hick up while making this cake.

I couldn't get the images off the paper. They were ripping and tearing and not behaving at all. I wanted to take this cake to a party. It was just an extra thing we made for fun, it wasn't like anyone was expecting it. But once I started having problems with the side images, I decided against the party appearance. I got one strip off the paper pretty good and put it around about 1/3 of the cake. Then I just decorated that section of cake for a picture. It took a pretty picture and you would never know that the back is not decorated at all.

But not to worry.
Country Sweet Art Representative said that heat and/or humidity could have affected the strips or it could be a bad batch. Who knows? But they apologized for the inconvenience and are making it right with me. That's the kind of company I like to work with. Lesson I learned? If It's a cake that has to make an important appearance, you might want to have a back up sheet of edible images. Just in case!

And now you know the rest of the story!

Wedding Cake

2 (18 ounce) boxes white cake mix
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 2/3 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons real vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups sour cream
8 large egg whites

1. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir together with a wire whisk.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and beat for 2 minutes.
3. Pour into greased and floured cake pans, filling each pan a little over half full.
4. Lightly tap cake pans on counter to bring air bubbles to top.
5. Bake in preheated 325° F oven until cake tests done. I don't put a baking time here because it depends on the size of your pans. I make this recipe in any size from cupcakes to 14" round pans.
6. Baking time varies according to the size and depth of pans being used.
This is an easy cake to change the flavor of. You can make it with lemon for lemon cake, use a different flavor cake mix (whole eggs instead of whites), etc.

Candy Bar Filling
1/2 cup sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole milk or half-and-half
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
8 ounces chocolate bars, any flavor (I used Hershey Bars but next time, Skor!!!

1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla and chocolate bars in a heavy saucepan.
2. Stir constantly until mixture boils. Boil and stir one additional minute. Do not leave unattended.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Add the vanilla and chocolate bar pieces.
5. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.
6. Pour into a bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface (to prevent pudding-skin). Chill. Don't fill your cakes until this mixture is completely cool throughout.

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Anonymous Joy said...

Beautiful cake for a wonderful occasion. The cake layers look sturdy. I will re-think my cake-making phobia. Yours might be the winning recipe. And how I love 'fun' cakes like this. Will you lend me your collection of spatulas? :D

June 5, 2009 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Megan, your cake is beautiful! That is a huge WOW presentation. You made it so do-able that I might get over being too "scarrit" to try.

I've done business with Country Sweet Arts in the past; I agree, they ARE a lovely company to do business with. Can't say enough positive things about them.

June 6, 2009 at 3:04 AM  
Blogger Anj said...

I'm saving this post for sure. Such great tips. I can't wait to check out Country Sweet Arts. And yes, you DO have a beautiful family!

June 6, 2009 at 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Pat E. O'Lantern said...

Wow! This cake would be perfect for Pride celebrations. Your timing is perfect!

June 6, 2009 at 6:02 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

That's too bad that the image wouldn't come off the paper. But it looks picture perfect! Great cake making tips!

June 6, 2009 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Love the cake! Can't say it enough! You did a fabulous job. Congrats to the graduate!

June 6, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Wow your cake looks fantastic! I think I will wait for the next fancy occasion and try making one of these too!

June 6, 2009 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

I want to make this cake so bad!! I've bookmarked for that Candy Bar Filling. That sounds amazing. What a bummer that those strips didn't work. They looked good anyways!

June 6, 2009 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger April said...

Congratulations Kelly!! Megan, this cake looks fantastic, you really did a great job on it! Just FYI, the next time your image wants to stick, put it in the freezer for a few seconds and it should peel right off. I have had some to stick and rip, and I have put them in the freezer and it has worked. I am loving this cake!! And you do have a beautiful family!

June 6, 2009 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger BumbleVee said...

What a rainbow beauty!! There just has to be a time in everybody's life when this cake simply MUST be baked!

June 6, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

Congrats to your daughter! What a fun cake - I love it!

June 6, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan, this is beautiful! Your daughter must be so proud as I'm sure you are of her. Kudos dear friend.

June 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

This cake looks wonderful! I like the way you piped the frosting around each layer before adding the next. I always wondered how to do a cake when the filling is dark, so it doesn't ooze out. I'll be trying it for a bday cake this year.

June 6, 2009 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Justine said...

beautiful job!

June 6, 2009 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Your cake came out beautiful!

June 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

It really came out so beautiful! By not taking it to the party, you and your family got to enjoy the WHOLE thing! Sounds like a perfect way for it to turn out. Congrtulations to your graduate!

June 6, 2009 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My goodness, this is truly a thing of beauty!

June 6, 2009 at 5:07 PM  
Blogger oneordinaryday said...

Oh, I love the whole idea of the rainbow cake. I just did a post about the one I made for my daughter's birthday. They look amazing when you cut them, don't they?

June 6, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job on the cake esp considering it was your first shot at it right?

I've never seen those cake decorations before...thanks for the idea!

June 6, 2009 at 7:23 PM  
Blogger glamah16 said...

Now thats a cool and beautiful cake.

June 6, 2009 at 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Wow, all those colored layers is a great idea! And I think it looks nice with the simple white frosting.

June 7, 2009 at 4:40 AM  
Anonymous HL said...

How pretty! Those edible stickers are so convenient too!

June 7, 2009 at 7:50 AM  
Anonymous Daily Spud said...

I don't know that I would have the patience to make a multi-layered cake like that, but it certainly looks most impressive!

June 7, 2009 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger chocolatecup said...

wow! upsized rainbow cupcake! hehe. not too big a fan of the top and sides but the inside= awesome:) i thought they were pancakes at first and that got me excited!i am a pancake fiend:P

June 7, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Elissa said...

What a tall, stunning cake! I love those colors against the white frosting... just beautiful!

June 7, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

I wish someone made this cool graduation cake for me! Congrats to the graduate.

June 7, 2009 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous Jessie said...

what a colorful cake, perfect for a graduation celebration

June 7, 2009 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Reeni said...

It's so pretty!! I see this one in my future!! I love it! Congrats to your daughter!

June 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Marian said...

What a cool cake! The rainbow layers are awesome!! Lovely blog too b.t.w. =)

June 7, 2009 at 6:25 PM  
Blogger Rico said...

It just looks amazing ..really is multicoloured, a thing to be definitely eaten and adored. cheers 4 sharing :) xx

June 8, 2009 at 4:02 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

ok TOTALLY cool! Great job :) and so pretty :)

June 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Janet Ryan said...

this cake was yummy and the filling was double yummy! Bray and i give it double thumbs up!!! I loved how the colors and everyone who had a piece at my work loved it also!!!

June 8, 2009 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger Charlotte said...

I had never even heard of "edible images" before. They sure sound like a fun way to decorate.

June 8, 2009 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Yes.. you have a gorgeous family!
That cake is amazing Megan. It is so pretty with all those colors. You could sell a million of those you know!! :)

June 9, 2009 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I just noticed your blog as a reference to mine on my sitemeter. I came to check it out, and voila! Here I am! Famous! Wow. I feel so honored! Thank you so much for referencing me on that cake. I love a good honest baker! ;)

It looks beautiful! I think it came out great! You MUST try my stiff whipped cream next. It's Super YUM! I have so many great recipes that I haven't had time to share, including a WONDERFUL blackberry lemon lime bar that I just invented yesterday. It's a wonderful new take on the lemon bar. I shall get that up as soon as my big giveaway is over in a week or so.

Again, THANKS!

July 7, 2009 at 7:28 PM  
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December 24, 2009 at 2:57 AM  
Anonymous Deepa G Joshi said...

wow..what amazing cake..excellent presentation.loved the write up too..

January 26, 2010 at 9:20 AM  

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