Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Today was a major food day during our summer program! Yesterday the kids prepared a lasagna from scratch and baked it today. They also made a salad and we made a rainbow cake! Yup, that same rainbow cake that has been floating around Pinterest!
I've made this cake on my own from scratch before following one of the numerous recipes I found on-line, but we simplified it a little bit for the kids to make and just used boxed cake. We mixed two boxes of cake according to the instructions, and then split it into six separate bowls...it ended up being about 1 1/2 cups of batter per bowl. We mixed in some gel food coloring and then baked each small cake for about 10-12 minutes in 9" round cake pans.
After the cakes cooled, we started from the bottom of the rainbow and worked out way up! Purple cake, a thing layer of frosting, blue cake, frosting, green cake...you get the idea! After they were all stacked, I frosted the entire outside of the cake with plain white frosting. It's so cool when you cut into it to see the colored cake! After we had our lasagna lunch we cut into the cake! Needless to say we spent time out on the playground for everyone to run off their sugar high!
Definitely kid approved!
If you decide to bake this cake, my only suggestion would be to make sure you use all the same types of pans while baking the separate cakes. We used two regular round cake pans and two spring-form pans. You can see from the layers that the cakes we baked in the spring-form pans were thinner on the edges and thicker in the middle, which made stacking the cake a little difficult. I'm definitely not the Cake Boss so I didn't want to attempt to cut the layers even!