May 21, 2014

Happiness is…. Eating Rainbows!

Happiness is…. Eating Rainbows! Anna Johnston -

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.

Happiness is…. Eating Rainbows! Anna Johnston -

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.

Happiness is…. Eating Rainbows! Anna Johnston -

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.

Happiness is…. Eating Rainbows! Anna Johnston -

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?

Butter Cake

  • 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.)

Butter Icing

  • 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?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Hannah - June 26, 2014 Reply

I miss this cake. It was soooo delicious!!!


    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    I’ll be baking another cake in the next couple of weekends…. So never fear, your cake baking extraordinaire (#nart) is on the job. 🙂

Sriprae - June 5, 2014 Reply

That is one HAPPY looking cake! OMG…it’s frosted childhood! 🙂 Wonderfully done.

    Anna - June 5, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha Sriprae, I reckon I could have named this post so many cool things, ‘Its Frosted Childhood’ being one of them. 🙂 Thanks heaps for stopping in, you ROCK! 🙂

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - June 4, 2014 Reply

The title of this post should be the motto of my life! Also… delicious!

    Anna - June 4, 2014 Reply

    Couldn’t agree more Pamela… To both. 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful week. X

Alice - May 28, 2014 Reply

All I can say, is that skittles have got nothing on your cake! Lol! t’s so bright & vivid and I dare say a rainbow cake, would only come second to my other fave, the Funfetti cake 😉

Busy weeks need a sugar hit, just like this 🙂

    Anna - May 28, 2014 Reply

    Awhhhhh… I don’t know about that. Skittles are pretty darn great. 🙂 But thank you, I do appreciate the compliment. Whats a Funfetti cake? Im heading to your site now for a look see.

cquek - May 26, 2014 Reply

This looks so good! I’m going to make it tonight! Thanks for the recipe.

    Anna - May 26, 2014 Reply

    Oh goodie! Send me a piccy of the finished product! Happy rainbow making. 🙂

Choc Chip Uru - May 24, 2014 Reply

I am officially grinning like a goober, that is how happy this post made me.
Imagine me after eating this, my grin would tear my face apart 😛
It looks amazing!

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - May 24, 2014 Reply

    Hahaha HA!!! You made me LOL. It’s supposed to be a fun experience, no face tearing allowed. Glad you got a solid dose of the rainbow happiness. 🙂

Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner - May 24, 2014 Reply

I love the title of this post! That cake looks like happiness on a plate and I’m all for it. 🙂

    Anna - May 24, 2014 Reply

    It was one big smiley cake that’s for sure. 🙂 Will be hard to top for my next bake-a-thon!

Hotly Spiced - May 22, 2014 Reply

That’s so pretty. What a gorgeous cake. I love rainbows! xx

    Anna - May 22, 2014 Reply

    Yep Charlie! Rainbows are the best! 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - May 22, 2014 Reply

I just love the colours and I so want to try and make one of these soon!

    Anna - May 22, 2014 Reply

    Its a rippa Tandy, time consuming but pretty easy. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your rainbow masterpiece.

Lizzy (Good Things) - May 22, 2014 Reply

That’s just what I needed today… a cheery happy little rainbow to cheer me up…. now, you know what’d make me even happier… if you delivered a slice right now! Please. xo

    Anna - May 22, 2014 Reply

    Oh dear, you poor possum, sorry to hear you are feeling crook. 🙁
    I would totally have delivered a slice of sunshine and rainbows to you, but it was all gobbled up. Double 🙁
    Hope you feel better quick smart lovely.
    Hugs. xx

Alyssa @ My Sequined Life - May 22, 2014 Reply

What a fab, cheery cake!!!! Seriously amazing – I’d love a piece right about now! Lots and lots of sprinkles. The more the merrier!! 🙂

    Anna - May 22, 2014 Reply

    Hey Alyssa, it is the queen of Blueberry Chai French Toast Bake… Yay!
    It was a really yummy cake, made more awesome by its brightness. The gang sure did enjoy it. 🙂

Krista - May 22, 2014 Reply

What a marvelously cheering cake, Anna! 🙂 This would put the biggest smile on my face too. 🙂

    Anna - May 22, 2014 Reply

    Yep, there were smiles ALL round in the office when I served this little beauty. Turns out people REALLY like cake. 🙂

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - May 22, 2014 Reply

What a gorgeous cake! I did one similar on the outside but not with the rainbow on the inside which is just genius! 😀

    Anna - May 22, 2014 Reply

    You were my original inspiration with the rainbow cake Lorraine. I remember, it was wavy on the inside, soooooooo pretty! 🙂

Susan - May 21, 2014 Reply

Yep. Think you’d better get your bake on more often honey, I think your onto something!

    Anna - May 21, 2014 Reply

    I’ve ordered me one of those pretty little housewife style aprons with matching oven mitts and a couple more Donna Reed 1950’s frocks to really ‘get my bake on’. Seems the rainbow cake was a hit huh?! To the cookbooks I go. 🙂

    Susan - May 29, 2014 Reply

    Just for you Anna xx

Kris - May 21, 2014 Reply

Rainbows make me smile now. Unicorns too. 🙂 I have always wanted to see this … and eat it!
Awesome read.

    Anna - May 21, 2014 Reply

    Charlie… Charlie the unicorn, bloody classic!
    I’ll have to get my bake on again soon, was pretty darn tasty, defo smiles all round in the office on Monday when we ate it.

Mandy - The Complete Book - May 21, 2014 Reply

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
Darling Anna, you make me smile and you make my heart happy with every post I read. You have the most wonderful way of writing and your words uplift my soul! THANK YOU!
I could go a big fat slice of your perfect rainbow cake and a cuppa right this minute.
Have a wonderful day and hope you get a wee reprieve from all the work.
🙂 Mandy xo

    Anna - May 21, 2014 Reply

    Nawh… that is the best comment I have ever received, thank you lovely one, you’ve made my day. Mwah! xxx
    I’ll have my people get you a slice of the rainbow pronto.
    Keep on trucking sweets, hugs across the oceans. Enjoy the rest of the week!

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