Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Rainbow Cake FAIL

I guess I really should start a new blog label just for all my epic failures, or should I say “learning experiences?”  Nah, this one just straight up sucked.  But did I eat it anyway?  Obviously, at least a little.

Rainbow cake

I actually think it’s quite aesthetic- pretty in a hippie Grateful Dead sort of way.  The problem I think was all in the recipe.  I’m going to spare my source because she probably did a much better job at it.  When I read that it was a Weight Watchers kind of recipe, I should have run.  Anything low-fat or sugar-free is borderline Satanic as far as I’m concerned, and if you’re going to have CAKE!…c’mon.  Just go full throttle.

Basically the recipe for the cake part is 2 white cake mixes and 2 cans of Diet Sprite.  That’s it.  No eggs, no oil, nothing else except cake and Sprite.  That was my first clue that “results could vary.”  Sure enough, I had to double the recommended bake time because the outside was crispy and the inside soupy.

If there is a next time, I’ll just do the traditional white cake recipe (although doubling it WAS a good idea) and go through the steps, which are as follows:

rainbow cake patterns
Divide each cake mix batter into three separate bowls and add food coloring gel (the liquid stuff isn’t recommended).  Then spoon into cake pans like so…

rainbow cake pans

Bake according to the box directions and frost!  The frosting was a small box of sugar-free, fat-free vanilla pudding and a container of sugar-free Cool-whip combined (actually not that bad).

Story behind the cake:  Lexi wanted a rainbow-themed party for her 8th birthday.  I decided it would be a good idea to practice that cake I’ve seen all over blogosphere.  She took one bite, and said, “Mom, I think I want a pirate princess party.”  I don’t blame you, kid.  Which means it’s time to break into the fondant scene, oh yeah!