{Bake} Before The Rainbow | Striped Cake Experiment

May 20, 2011 in All Posts, Bake

It’s raining, it’s pouring, and we’re busy baking!

If you’ve been reading, you know that Jane loves to mix and stir and bake, so it’s no surprise that baking experiments are one of our favorite rainy day activities (along with Jane’s homemade Twister game).

Sam’s birthday party is a few days away and I was inspired by this incredible Leprechaun Trap Rainbow Cake from not martha for the idea to hide a secret rainbow inside Sam’s treasure chest cake.  Unfortunately, the angel food cake pan I ordered online didn’t arrive in time, so instead of practicing the rainbow cake, we came up with the idea for a striped cake.

Here’s what we did:

1) Color the cake batter with liquid food coloring.

2) Pour in a first layer of one color so that the next striped layers have something to hold onto.

3) Slowly pour on the stripes.

It comes out an ugly brown on the outside,

but inside is bright and beautiful:

We did this on “toddler time,” which means in a hurry without thinking it through first, but here’s what I would do next time:

  • Layer the colors on top of each other instead of in stripes so that each piece is multi-colored
  • Use uncolored cake batter for the bottom layer if going with our original experiment’s method

I’m not sure if you’d have the problem of the colors running together in uneven proportions pointed out by Omnomicon and not martha since this cake is made in a 9 x 13 rectangular pan, not an angel food cake pan, but something to keep in mind for your experiment.

If you need more inspiration for your own rainbow or striped cake experiment besides not martha’s fab rainbow cake and Omnomicon’s rainbow cake, check out Whisk Kid’s gorgeous layered rainbow cake and Sweetapolita’s Rainbow Doodle Birthday Cake (a rainbow layer cake covered in cute doodled fondant).

Hope it keeps raining so we can ramp up from the striped cake to the rainbow cake!

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