Katie’s Layered Rainbow Cake

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…

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  • 5ennie - February 23, 2011 - 7:09 pm

    Wow, very cool!!! That’s how it’s at our house often too, I’m no Martha Stewart, but end up planning something more ‘special’, only to be sick or something. Looks like all worked out for you though!! Bowling parties are fun too, we’ve done it too.
    Here from HHH!

  • Anne Galivan - February 22, 2011 - 11:27 pm

    You’re still nicer than me! I haven’t had a birthday party for any of my kids – I have four of them ages: 26, 23, 17 and 8 – in years! Our “traditional” birthday party is just us…I let the birthday kid pick what they want for dinner (sometimes I cook but usually we do take-out), and either my daughter bakes a cake or, more likely, I buy a Publix cake (they are wonderfully tasty though!)

    I will say though, that this cake sounds like something my daughter (the baker in the family; she’s the 26-year old and my only girl) would enjoy making with my 8-year old. His birthday is coming up so I’ll have to forward this to her!

  • Adrienne - February 21, 2011 - 6:52 pm

    Fantastic cake!! I definitely want to try my hand at a rainbow cake one day. But husband and I don’t even really like cake… I did make a carrot cake once… but the cream cheese frosting was way too sweet… Hmmm… lol. But this is GORGEOUS.

    PS I’m now a follower!

  • schmobes - February 20, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    Beautiful! I have been told that rolled white chocolate looks like fondant, but tastes much better! I can’t wait to see the next cake, and hear the theme…I loved the creativity of this one!

  • Natalia - February 18, 2011 - 10:47 pm

    What a sweet husband! I’m not a baker either, love to cook though. I’m sure my husband and his sweet tooth would love for this to change. :-)
    Can’t wait to see the next birthday cakes!

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