A lot of people I know may not be fussed about eating a rainbow, but, as I discovered, for one family this rainbow cake caused extreme excitement.
I know it seems strange but often when I have too many cakes, tarts, biscuits and possibly a spare dinner or two, I walk out the front door towards the neighbours house food in hand and then stop in my tracks. No, silly idea is what I think to myself. They will not possibly want this, what are you thinking?. That’s what I think, and then I walk back into my house still with food in hand.
Not long ago the neighbours told me they loved cake and they would welcome any that happened to come their way, but I am not sure that was a genuine comment, I am not sure they understood my capacity for baking, because after the third cake in as many weeks they quietly told me that they were not going to welcome them so fondly from now on. Perhaps I should have taken the spare dinner or other savoury creation?. Ah , God I do worry.
So after I made the kick ass rainbow cake, I really wanted some kids to have it. The neighbours have 3 kids, and what the heck it’s the school holidays. What’s a few colours on a day off? I marched next door with the cake in a container. I rang the door bell, they answered ( thankfully) I opened the container and showed them the cake and they began to squeal (children and Mother). Mother suggested that she would like a cake just like that when it was one of the girls birthdays. I was confused and I pushed it towards her suggesting that she take it now rather than wait till the future….and they squealed again.
“OMG really are you kidding, we can have that cake?” they said. I was a bit disturbed that they were more excited about this rainbow cake than anything I have previously offered…..and then it was gone. Just like that.
Now there are two reasons that that cake is so good; because not only did it look good it also tasted good. Moist but not too much so and colourful but not too much so ( just a joke) The first is that the recipe is care of this perfect white cake. The second is the colours.
I was sent these colours from the Australian owned company Queen. I thought they were going to be a bit watery and the first thing I did was make some small cakes and coloured the royal icing to incredible results.
This encouraged me to move onto colouring a white cake. The colours were vibrant and stayed true after baking. There was no aroma and no odd flavour, as there can be with some of the professional and very expensive brands.
Rainbow Cake colour testing
So, I went on to my last test. I coloured the roll out sugar icing and even blended and matched the colours in the cake and, to my amazement the colours were dazzling. The icing didn’t get sticky and once again there was no flavour or aroma. All this in a $2.50 food colour you can get easily in the supermarket…..yipee. I have used every brand- expensive and cheap on the market; pastes, gels, liquids, the lot. These are the best I have used. The easiest the neatest and the most vibrant colours. They don’t smell and they don’t taste strange. They aren’t liquid so they dont mess up the texture of the bits you are colouring.
I am thoroughly impressed. Just look at my cake that’s the proof. Totally Rainbiffic!
Here’s how I made the cake.
- 420 gm plain flour or 3 cups cake flour is ideal
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 20 gm baking powder 1 tablespoon
- 250 gm unsalted butter
- 400 gm caster sugar/ granulated
- 250 ml milk room temperature 1 cup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 large egg whites only 70gm eggs
- 250 gm unsalted butter 2 sticks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla or a vanilla bean
- 20 ml lemon Juice 1 tablespoon
- 240 gm Icing sugar 2 cups powdered
- 1 tablespoon freeze dried raspberry powder optional, you can use essential oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 kg of white sugar icing ( roll out plastic icing)
- in Queen food colour gelswhat ever colours you like
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