Grand-daughter Jenna and I decided to make a rainbow cake on Memorial Day weekend. We were hoping for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but the cake-making process wasn’t that easy!
Here’s our step-by-step process with a few glitches noted:
First, we put on our aprons Then we mix together the ingredients (oil, eggs, and water), Jenna trying hard not to get egg-shell pieces in with the batter from a mix.
Tricky Part: Dividing up the Batter
We divide the batter into 6 paper cups and begin to add color. Remember ROY G BIV from grade school? Then we use 6 more cups, adding the color in reverse order: violet-blue-green-yellow-orange-red. (No indigo among the colors.) Here Jenna is stirring the green, her favorite color:
Next, we pour batter, one color on top of the other into the first pan. In the second, we repeat the process, pouring the colors in reverse order. Mind you, this takes a long, long time, with several spatulas. Think “art” and finger painting when you are in this step.
The recipe book looks so perfect. Hmm . . .
Pop into Oven: We set the oven to preheat (350 degrees) way too early, so temperature was super hot. The recipe’s suggested bake time of 40 minutes actually turned into 30, so the cake layers became a little brown.
Like her Great Grandma Longenecker, Jenna used a toothpick to check to see if cake was done.
Take cake pans out of oven, cool, and frost. Then . . .
Adding sprinkles was probably Jenna’s favorite part. Her expression shows her delight!
SCARY PARTS: Behind the scenes!
* The first gel color we used (violet) made the batter a tepid shade of gray. We both felt disappointment because we thought the other colors might be duds too!
- NaNa (when we began): “Think of making this cake as a combination of art and baking.”
- Jenna (at this point): “This is a combination of art and baking with a hint of disaster!”
* The cake layers came out of the oven looking like volcanoes (Jenna’s word)! I forgot to take a photo here. Our fix: we sawed off the tops with a bread knife and got our first yummy cake taste.
* The two cake layers did not fit together perfectly. Our fix: Slathering frosting into the gaping parts.
Recipe photo: Courtesy, Mennonite Girls Can Cook
Before we Started:
We traced the word “cake” in the Bible, Jenna reading the passage from I Kings 17:8-16 about the prophet Elijah and the widow of Zarephath. Actually, this woman’s cake was the bread of sustenance, one of survival, nothing like the confectionery concoction we baked just for fun.
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Tell us about your cake-making successes, disasters, or near misses. If necessary, how did you improvise?
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