A couple of weeks ago, I asked my DH and son what they wanted for dessert for the next few days. They both said white cake with white icing. Blah!
I love white cake with white icing but it's just so unimaginative. I knew if I just put sprinkles on top for some color that they would complain. Neither of them likes sprinkles.
Then I remembered a rainbow cake that I had seen on someones blog. So, I looked it up and found that some people also called it a Clown Puke cake. That is soooo much more interesting. ;)
I found this recipe for a Heavenly White Cake on allrecipes.com
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1.Measure sifted flour, baking powder, and salt; sift together three times.
2.In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar gradually, and continue beating only until meringue will hold up in soft peaks.
3.Cream butter or margarine. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in flavorings. Add meringue, and beat thoroughly into batter. Spread batter in a 15 x 10 x 1 inch pan which has been lined on the bottom with parchment paper.
4.Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. This cake may also be baked in two 9 inch round pans for 30 to 35 minutes, or in three 8 inch round pans for 25 to 30 minutes.
This cake is DELICIOUS!!! I topped it off with a white buttercream icing.
But the trick to making this cake is, once you've completely mixed up the cake batter, pour it into several smaller bowls - depending on how many colors you want. Then, dye the batter whatever colors you want. The gel dyes that you can buy at craft stores make much deeper colors and you can make many more colors. But I just used the liquid dyes that you get at the grocery store that have red, yellow, blue and green in them.
Once you finish mixing in your colors, you can start pouring your batter into prepared pans. I used 3 - 8 inch pans. You can pour your batter in any order you want. I did the same order in each pan and it sort of came out striped. But when you pour your batter, pour the first one in the center of the pan, then pour the next color into the cented of the first color and continue with each color. The batter spreads out to cover the whole pan.
My family loved it. It made the cake much more interesting. And my son was excited to take it to school in his lunch box and show it to his classmates.
You could also use a cake mix or any cake recipe you have as long as it's a white batter that will dye well.
Sorry my pics are a little fuzzy. I thought they were ok but the cakes all gone now so I can't retake. :) Also, as you can tell, my family cut into this cake like animals. It's a bit wonky.
If you google rainbow cake, you'll get tons of pics that give you lots of ideas on how to do your cake. Like for a little girls party, you could do pink and purple stripes, you could do star burst designs, all kinds of stuff. It's fun to play with.