Sprinkle-Covered Rainbow Layer Cake!8:09 PM
This past weekend, I finally tackled two of my biggest baking goals: bake a sprinkle-covered cake and bake a cake with rainbow layers.
First, I should explain why my making a successful layer cake is a big deal. (Making any sprinkle-covered dessert is always a big deal and does not need to be explained.) In March 2014, I attempted an ombré layer cake for St. Patrick's day. It was supposed to be three different layers, each in a different shade, covered by a smooth white fondant. Everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. I over baked the cake. I tried to slice off the browned edges, which resulted in a very lopsided dome. There were only two layers. Both layers were the same shade of green.
Not wanting to bother with fondant, at the last minute I bought chocolate buttercream icing at the grocery store. But icing the crumbly cake was another story. I hadn't yet read about the importance of a crumb coat, so pieces of the cake crumbled into the icing. Trying to fix my gloppy cake, I heaped icing on one side, only to run out of icing for the other side. It was a disaster.
So you might say I had something to prove with this cake. I followed the Rainbow Cake recipe from Jackie Alpers' Sprinkles! cookbook.
Though, as you can see, my result did not turn out nearly as clean and even as the one in the picture. Alas. Basically, I made a white cake, splitting the batter into six equal bowls and used varying amounts of food coloring on each one.
After baking, I began to assemble the cake, using the icing as glue between the layers. Then I froze it for 15 minutes to solidify the cake, so the top layer wouldn't just slide onto the floor like I was worried might happen.
For me the hardest part was getting the sprinkles onto the side of the icing-covered cake. Once you've dumped sprinkles in a thin layer on top of the cake, making sure to cover all the icing and shake off any extra, it's time to coat the sides with sprinkles. For that, I had to put a mound of sprinkles in my hand and gently pat the side of the cake, while softly whispering "Good cake! That's a good cake." as though talking to a small child. Some of the sprinkles will stick and some will not. C'est la vie. I just keep patting the cake until the sprinkles stick.
Most importantly, the finished product looked festive and fun, so I took it to a friend's birthday party to celebrate!