Lady V turned 4 last week. I can hardly believe she is 4. Of course when we have a 30 minute debate over what to wear to preschool or she informs me she used to eat vegetables when she was little but not anymore, I am sure she is 4. I had a few cake ideas floating around but since Lady V draws rainbows constantly and has recently taken to using her fairy wand to create rainbows floating through our house, I knew this would be the cake for her!
This is not my idea but one I have seen floating around Pinterest and a few blogs. I checked out the original blog post about it at Whisk Kid
and Whisk Kid blogger Kaitlin was even featured on Martha
, yup The Martha. How on earth do you end up on Martha? I cannot imagine. Very fun.
Here is my Rainbow Cake. Check out the time on the oven clock. Yes, that would be am. Not pm.
I chose to use a cake mix, at 10 pm I was borrowing ingredients from the neighbour across the street, so I figure I was doing well to have any cake in the mixer bowl! I divided the mix into 6 smaller bowls. It was a bit less than 2 cups per bowl. I then started the fun part. I used Wilton gels to colour each bowl of cake mix.
The first two cakes ready for the oven in 8″ spring form pans that have been buttered & floured. The cake mix just covers the bottom. I baked at 325 for about 15 minutes, I think, I wasn’t really watching the time! It does not take long as the cakes are so thin.
More beautiful colours ready for the oven.
The finished cakes cooling on the stove. I have a smooth top, so I am always worried my cooling racks will scratch it, thus the non-matchy tea towels.
Mmmmm buttercream. I carefully sliced the top of each cake so it would be more even. I didn’t need to cut much off the cakes as they were fairly level anyway. I made two batches of American Buttercream
. The recipe is from Glorious Treats
, a blog filled with yummy goodness! I used a thin layer of buttercream to stack the cakes, added a this crumb coat and put it in the fridge to chill.
I ended up making another batch of buttercream to ice the cake, oh so much sugar. I added pink to the icing, as Lady V adores all things pink. The husband added skittles to the top in a lovely rainbow swirl.
Thrilled with her cake that was almost as big as she is!
Waiting with great anticipation for a peek at the inside….
I was so excited when it actually worked! I think I may have been as giddy as the 4 year old.
Definitely a make-again. It really wasn’t difficult at all, however I do recommend starting before 10pm. Have a baby that sleeps helps a bit with that!