Boy oh boy…. What an exciting and action packed week it has been for me, work has been hectic with planning 15 odd events at the Club, as well as a wedding reception and our annual NPCA Post Budget Luncheon Address for 600 people at Parliament House. It’s meant leaving home in the dark and getting home in the dark, so not much time to stop and admire the gorgeous crisp sun shiny days that I hear the Berra has been having.
So to change the pace up a bit, I set myself a little weekend challenge, I was going to get my bake on! One cake, five layers, five colors, butter icing and sprinkles in every bite! This cake would make gloomy days sparkle; you’d need sunnies inside to combat the colorful brilliance … this cake my friends, would make even the Panda punching cranky pants of the world smile.
I love rainbows, but who doesn’t right?! I’ve always found them beautiful & some of my earliest memories include rainbows. I have been drawing since I was a little tacka, apparently I’d draw them on everything too, walls, fences, whatever book was hanging around.
I’d never really considered what taking a bite out of a rainbow would taste like, but I’ve a hunch it’d be something like sitting in a hot tub, sipping a bubbly brew, and reading your favorite book. Happiness is…. Eating Rainbows!
So tell me my lovelies, what makes you smile? Do you stop and admire rainbows? And have you ever sat down and made a list of what things there are to be happy about?
- 500g butter, softened
- 2 cup caster sugar
- 4 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 6 eggs
- 5 cups self-raising flour
- 1 1/3 cup milk
- 100’s & 1000’s, Smarties or Sprinkles
Step 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease and flour 20cm (base) cake pan/s. I cooked my cakes individually for a definite layered effect. However you can cook the cake in one pan.
Step 2 Using an electric mixer, cream butter, caster sugar and vanilla in a large bowl on medium – high speed until light and fluffy.
Step 3 Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating to combine. Add half the flour. Stir to combine. Add half the milk. Stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk.
Step 4 Divide mixture evenly into 5 different bowls, add colouring and stir to combine.
Step 5 Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
Step 6 Place the cakes on top of each other and ice. Finish by gently patting the cake with 100’s and 1000’s. (Throwing the sprinkles at the cake is not a good idea, turns out they don’t stick.)
- 500g butter, cubed, at room temperature
- 900g (6 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted
- 120ml (1/2 cup) milk
Step 1 Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Use an electric beater to beat for 2 minutes or until very light and fluffy.
Step 2 Gradually add the icing sugar and beat until the mixture is very pale and fluffy. Gradually add the milk and beat until smooth and well combined.
So friends….. Happiness is, eating the rainbow. Enjoy!
I’d love to know, where were you standing when you last saw a rainbow? And what foods make you smile on the inside and the outside?