As I promised, here’s how to do the super Fabulous! cake from my friend’s party the other day. Don’t worry, it’s less involved and easier than you think.
It started because my friend invited us to his “Coming Out Party” on facebook. He knows we all get a lot of invites to different events so I think he wanted his to stand out. There was no actual “coming out” involved.
That said, in the spirit of fun (and that it’s generally my job to bring desserts for get togethers) I thought that rainbow cupcakes would be a great addition to this party.
I’d like to acknowledge that no, that is NOT a cupcake in the picture. I went with a bundt cake because I decided to cut myself some fricken slack and thought people would love it just the same. (And they did.)
My friend Sue was over that night and she helped me while I made us some dinner.
Here’s what you need:
- White or vanilla cake (I used a mix. Go ahead, do it! Note: Yellow cake won’t work. It’s not light enough for the colors. )
- Whatever ingredients your cake mix calls for plus up to half a cup of water
- Pudding mix (I used white chocolate because I had it on hand, use whatever light color pudding mix you want.)
- Food coloring. I used the drops because I wanted to get rid of them, you could use gels too.
- Several bowls (one for each color you want)
- Several spoons (one for each color you want)
- Long pokey stick. Yes, that’s a technical term. (We used my cake tester which I think was actually a plant marker at one point and you can see it in Sue’s hand.)
- Non-stick spray
- Bunt cake pan (You could do this in any sort of baking pan I suppose, but I happen to think bundt cakes look like giant donuts so I went with that.)
- Frosting (homemade, is better, but I won’t judge if you use store bought)
- Pretty shiny sprinkles or edible glitter (I used colored sugar sprinkles)
- Preheat oven according to the cake instructions.
- Mix cake according to instructions and take note of the consistency.
- Add pudding mix. This will make your cake batter thicker so add the extra water a few tablespoons at a time until it is closer to the original consistency. (I used instant pudding but I wouldn’t again. It made it thick very fast.) You want to be careful not to make it too thin here because your colors may bleed or run if the batter is too thin.)
- Divide batter evenly between bowls. (One bowl for each color) and use the food coloring to make the batter whatever color you heart desires. Stir well so the color is even.
- Spray pan with nonstick spray.
- Spoon batter into pan one color at a time. We used a very uneven method of spooning all around the ring sort of “plopping” it into the pan. Once it got around once, we switched to the next color. (I think ultimately there were three layers of colored batter. )
- Once you get through all the colors once, use your pokey stick to poke down into the color. We also used a slashing motion and a swirling motion to move the batter around a bit. You can basically drag the pokey stick through the batter however you want as long as it’s gentle and you don’t stir too much. You want swirly/tie-dye look, not murky colors!
- When this is all done, bake cake according to package instructions. I always start with ten minutes less than I think it’ll actually need and slowly add time to that. You can always add more time, but you can not unburn a cake.
- When you insert your pokey stick and it comes out clean and the top of the cake is lightly springy to the touch, it’s done.
- Allow to cool and tip out of the pan onto your decorating plate or board. It might take a few shakes to get it out. Now, if your cake is lumpy on the sides because of the layering, that’s ok. Mine was. I didn’t mind too much because I knew I was putting frosting on it so those lumps just create pockets for extra frosting.
- Frost liberally. Try not to get too much on your hands because you’d have to lick it off and we all know that would be terrible.
- Apply sprinkles liberally. More sprinkles equals more fun and more Fabulous!
- Serve. Marvel at the Fabulous! that is your cake.
That’s it. It’s more flash than frustration. Any questions? No, I won’t make you one, you can make it yourself!