Monday, January 16, 2012

Menu Monday: Rainbow Cake

Mondays can be great or one of those Mondays. For me today was one of those Mondays. My daughter decided to show everyone in BlockBuster what kind of demon crawled up in her by screaming and throwing her bag of M&Ms every where. She didn't stop screaming til we got to the car.

So I knew today was a good day to do some cake therapy. A good cake can take care of any problems. As soon as my daughter took her nap I hit the kitchen to make Rainbow Cake.

Rainbow Cake in Jar
1 box white cake mix made according to package instructions
Neon food coloring in pink, yellow, green, turquoise, and purple
3 one-pint canning jars
1 can vanilla frosting
Rainbow sprinkles

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Thoroughly wash and dry the inside of each canning jar. Spray the inside of each jar thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Take your one box white cake mix and make according to package instructions. To be honest I messed up and didn't use egg whites in my cake. Still came out yummy.

    Scoop about 1/2 cups of cake batter into five small bowls. It doesn’t have to be perfect, don’t panic if you get a little more of less of one color than another.  Tint each bowl of cake batter with the food coloring until very vibrant.
    Note: I used more then 1/2 cups of cake batter in each bowl. I was cake hungry. If I do this recipe again I would only use 1/2 cup of cake batter for each bowl and make cupcakes with the extra batter. 

    Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the purple batter into the bottom of each jar.  Spoon equal amounts of turquoise batter, then green, yellow, and pink. Note: I was not very clean with how I scooped the batter into the jars. I think next time I would use a funnel so the  different colors don't mix on the side of the jar. 

    Place the jars in a shallow baking dish, add about 1/4″ in water in the baking dish. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

    Note: The cake will mushroom over the top. I used extra batter which caused the volcano effect. 

    Remove jars and allow to cool completely before scooping a small portion from the top of your cake and adding a hefty dollop of vanilla buttercream to the top. Sprinkle & serve, or cover with a lid and store in the fridge. In the end you will have a unique dessert for your loved ones. This dessert didn't come out as clean as I had hoped, but it reminds me of those sand bottles you make at carnivals and festivals. The important thing is that I had a blast and it made my day end on a happy note. 

    Post originally submitted to the CentralPiedmontMommies Blog on June 20, 2011


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