This recipe is a modified version of "Taste the Rainbow" from I *Heart* Cuppycakes, my absolute favorite baking blog. [http://iheartcuppycakes.com/2009/04/12/taste-the-rainbow/]
I have been waiting for the next opportunity to bake so that I could finally try this amazing recipe, and after all of the chaos of my 2nd year of medical school, exams were complete, and there were 3 May birthdays among my group of best friends. We celebrated our accomplishments and increasing wisdom with this cake!
**Disclaimer: In advance, I again apologize for the lack of pictures for certain steps. Clearly my instructions skills need to be improved. Will do better in the future.**
I used white cake mix (nothing from scratch here!). I had just tried blue and white cupcakes for my alma mater, but the color was not as bright as I had hoped. After reading a little online, I heard that gel food coloring provides for really bright colors (and doesn't mess with the taste).
I divided my cake mix (made per instructions on the box) into 6 bowls. To these bowls, I added food coloring to make 6 bright rainbow colors. For the colors that are not the standard 4 provided, I used the ratios provided on the box or just made it up as I went (not very scientific for someone in the sciences, huh?).
I added these colors into two 8" cake rounds, adding about half of each color into each. I tried to make the order the same as the rainbow, but starting with different colors in each of the rounds so that the cakes were not just duplicates. (Again, I just sorta added them as I felt I should).
I then baked them per instruction on the cake mix box. Then I impatiently waited for them to cool.... the smell is very tempting!
Not wanting to just use plain white icing, I decided to make a sky/powder blue creation by opening two pre-made icing containers, and adding blue until I liked the color. For this step, you could use whatever color moved you! It allows for some additional variability in theme, too!
After icing one layer, I added the next cake, iced it and added some fun sprinkles! [Note: cake decorating skills also need to improve... still delicious though!]
Later that night, anxiously awaiting the reaction from the crowd, I cut the cake. Everyone was really surprised how colorful the inside of the cake was-- enough to match the outside.
All in all, I will do this cake a million times over. And do different color variations for different events, some ideas:
- Another round and Blue&White cupcakes for my alma mater (or any alma mater for that matter. Get it... mater... matter!)
- Red, white and blue for Memorial Day or Fourth of July
- Favorite colors for friends' birthdays
- High school colors for upcoming graduation season
Check out I Heart Cuppycakes for even more outstanding ideas...