Monday, October 3, 2011

Rainbow Birthday Cake!

Want a fun cake for your child's birthday?  I found the perfect solution!  A rainbow cake!  I found several ideas for this online, and complied them into this recipe.  I let my children do all the measuring, adding ingredients, mixing, and pouring.  It was such a fun learning experience!  

Here are the simple instructions (complete with pictures) to make your own!

2 round cake pans (9 inche pans are preferred)
A double white cake mix (Or 2 boxed white cake mixes)
White frosting of your choice
Food coloring dye or gel in the colors you prefer.

Pre-Heat oven to 325 and grease your cake pans VERY WELL  (It would not be fun to go through this and then have the cake stick!)

Step 1 - Mix your cake mixes exactly as the instructions say.  This can be store-bought, or your own recipe.  I used store-bought because I planned to make butter cream icing to go on top, and children just do not appreciate all the time that it would have taken to make homemade cake as well.  :)

Step 2 - Divide the batter into six bowls evenly.  (Or however many colors you choose to use.  We used red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.  A relative suggested using red, white and blue for the 4th of July.  Go crazy with it.)  For the cake mixes I used (Pillsbury),  I used one cup per bowl and just discarded what was extra.

Step 3 - Add food coloring or gel to the bowls until they are blended the colors you prefer.  We used the gel so that we would have brighter colors.  The drops would probably make a deeper hue of the colors.  Make sure you scrape the sides and bottoms of the bowls so that there is a consistent color throughout the batter.

Step 4:  Transfer 1/2 cup of batter from bowls into pans - I just used measuring cups for this.  Pouring the batter is the most tedious step, so pay close attention.  Make sure you colors are in order if you are making a rainbow cake.  (ROYGBP) Pour red in first, in the middle of the pan.  Orange is next - pour it right on top of red, and the red will expand around it.  Yellow on top of that.  I made the second pan in the opposite order and started with Purple, then blue, then green.  

Step 5 - Have your very cute kids pose with the cake mix ready to go in the oven.  :)

Bake the cake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes.  It is a double recipe, so the cakes will take a little longer to bake.  It depends on your oven and the recipe, so just use your toothpick to check to make sure it is done before you take it out.  If the edges are done and the center is still baking, turn your oven down to 300 degrees to finish baking.

Step 6 - After the cake is completely cool, frost the cake as usual for a two-layer cake.  I made butter cream frosting and tinted it blue.  This is up to you - white would be just as pretty, or you could tint it any of the colors you prefer.  M8 wanted purple, and M6 wanted orange.  Blue was the first color they agreed on.  :)

Step 7 - Slice and eat!  I loved how it turned out!  The only thing I would do differently would be to use a different color frosting for the middle.  Just to make it more fun.

Here is how it looked sliced.  Perfect!  So, if you want a birthday cake your kids will LOVE and also enjoy helping you make, this is the recipe for you!  It was such a fun time.  Hope you enjoy!