I’m a bad mom. I never do cutesy, “themed”, super-decorated, perfectly-planned birthday parties.
They usually get a cake, but it’s normally just the run of the mill, store-bought cake. I decided that I wanted to start making their parties a bit more special.
Kate turned 9 today and I asked her if she wanted a “theme” for her party. She chose “head in the clouds”. I love her imagination.
I started searching around on the internet and found tons of posts about this beautiful layered rainbow cake. I didn’t think that I could do it though. I’m not Martha Stewart or Betty Crocker. But I decided that I was going to give it a try. Here is the Martha Stewart recipe and another on Tasty Kitchen.
Then I came down with a horrible cold and I wasn’t up to baking, so I enlisted the help of my wonderful husband.
We mixed the batter and I dyed it a rainbow of colors. I was a little worried, because it looked like Play-Dough.
I stayed awake long enough to make some rainbow cupcakes too.
And then I fell into a Ny-Quil induced coma and wasn’t seen again until morning.
While I was sleeping, my husband was busy. He put the cake together and tackled the fondant. They make it look SO easy on Cake Boss, don’t they?
I don’t know how long it took him, but I woke up to a finished cake. Thank you Sweetheart!!
We took the kids (and a couple of friends) bowling. Not a bad deal – 2 pieces of pizza, a drink, 2 games of bowling and shoes for $6 a piece. I thought it was going to be a handful. 7 kids under 11 at a bowling alley is a frightening thought. They were all very well behaved. We only stayed for one game though – I didn’t want to push it and I thought that we should leave while everyone was still happy.
Then we headed back home for cake and presents. She blew out the candles.
And then the fun part began. We cut the cake open to see what it looked like on the inside.
Is that cool or what? This is by far the best cake that I let my husband make.
Isn’t it beautiful? I was absolutely blown away with how vibrant the colors were.
My only suggestions to any of you that are going to make it. Don’t do the fondant. It was a pain in the rear end and it didn’t taste good. I’ll leave that for Cake Boss. Also, I’d put some more frosting between the layers next time.
Do you usually go all out on birthday parties?
Lexie has a birthday in a couple of weeks and then Nick a few weeks after that. I guess we’ve set the bar pretty high for cakes now…