Monday, March 28, 2011

sunday baking - rainbow cake!

I have seen several great photographs of "rainbow cakes" floating around the internet recently.  They are all so fun, colorful and tasty looking that I had to try to make one myself!  So, I made it my Sunday project, and it turned out to be lovely and delicious!  

Here's how I did it...   

buttermilk layer cake
(I doubled the recipe from the joy of cooking cookbook)

 preheat oven to 350

whisk together until thoroughly blended:
4 2/3 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

beat in a large bowl until creamy:
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter

gradually add and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes:
2 2/3 cups sugar

whisk together, then gradually beat in, taking about 2 minutes:
6 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla

beating at a low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with:
2 cup buttermilk
in 2 parts, beating until smooth and scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary
divide the batter between 8 bowls and add a food coloring of your choice to each bowl

grease and flour your round cake pans (I used 2 at a time and repeated 4 times) 

pour the batter into the greased pans
(go ahead and lick the bowls...yummy!)

bake for 15-20 minutes (keep an eye on these since there is less batter in the pans than with normal cake...toothpick test them to see if they are ready)  

let cake cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack

once the cakes are cool, wrap them in saran wrap and store in the freezer until you are ready to assemble and frost the cake

While the cakes are cooling in the freezer, you can whip up the frosting!
I used this recipe for cream cheese frosting (joy of cooking)
combine the following items in your mixer on low speed until blended:
 16 oz. cold cream cheese
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
4 teaspoons vanilla
6 cups confectioners' sugar
(I also add a little warm water to make it extra creamy)
(lick this bowl too!)

grab a cake stand and begin stacking the colored cakes including a layer of cream cheese frosting between each cake

once your rainbow stack is complete, begin to frost the rest of the cake

your masterpiece is now complete

cut yourself a piece and enjoy...

ta da!!!

bon appetit! :)


rachel said...

i love it!!!

HeLLo! said...

are you serious made that! Wow, how delicious was it? Did Ty like it? It is beautiful - my Birthday is coming up!

Kelly said...

Yes, ty knew you would love it! ;) I'll make a special treat for your birthday!

Tara said...

this is soooooo cool!!!!!!!!! what a great idea!!!

Kelly said...

thanks everyone! it was a fun (and big) project! ;)

Kelly Rae said...

Yummy! I may have to make this or those yummy cake cookies my project this weekend! Have a good one!

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