When we had one of our many snow days recently, I wanted to make something fun with Anthony to help pass time. I was thinking of doing a rainbow cake, but didn't have all the gel icing colors you need to make it. Also, it uses 2 cake mixes and I didn't like the thought of having a cake that big sitting around the house. Because you know I'd be the one eating it.
So, I did a mini-version of the rainbow cake and I made it in Valentines colors. It was so simple and a big hit with the kids.
Want to make your own? First, make a white boxed cake according to the directions. I actually used a strawberry cake since I knew I was going for pink in the end. Then divide your batter into three equal portions. Mine came out to about 1 and 1/3 cups for each layer.
Next, add gel icing color to make each layer the color you want. You can't use the liquid food coloring from the grocery store for this. You need to use the gel colors you can get in the baking aisle of the craft store.
Grease three 9 inch round cake pans and pour each layer into its own pan. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely on wire racks.
Make yourself some yummy buttercream icing and put your cake together. To put your frosting on, without getting crumbs all in it, ice it with a thin layer first and put it in the fridge to chill. Once it is cold, add the rest of your frosting and it will be crumb free! That's all it takes to make a yummy cake that your kids will love. Let's face it, you're going to love it too!