I wanted to do something different for Adam’s birthday cake this year but was really struggling to come up with some ideas. Last year he asked for a white cake with buttercream frosting which is easy enough but it just seemed too boring.
I remembered some bright colored cakes in a jar that I saw on Pinterest and thought … hmmm… I wonder if I could do that with a regular cake so I searched for some inspiration online. I found a few recipes and then got started!
This was super easy cake to make. Just a few steps…
1.) Identify the birthday boy’s (or, girl’s) favorite colors.
2.) Make your standard white cake batter (use a box or make from scratch… your choice).
3.) Separate the cake mix into bowls (one bowl for each color). I wanted 6 colors so I used six bowls. Try to put an equal amount of cake batter into each bowl.
4.) Add your food coloring. Using gel coloring will make the cake colors more vibrant. You might also check your colors to see if they’ll produce the desired results. I wish that my red had been more of a fire engine red instead of a pale red. Oh well!
5.) Pour one color at a time into a greased cake pan. Make sure that the bottom / base color is spread throughout the entire pan. The next color should go in a circle on the top and will actually push your bottom color out a bit.
After pouring three colors into the pan, your batter should looking something like this.
6.) Bake the cake as you normally would. I baked mine at 350 degrees for just about 300 minutes.
I really loved how bright the colors were when it came out of the oven…
7.) Let it cool and then frost in whatever manner you would like. Because this is actually a white/vanilla cake you could use any frosting that you think would taste great with that flavor.
This cake was so much fun to make and I just wish that I had pictures of Adam’s face as he cut into it and realized that it wasn’t just another plain old cake.
The colors actually were much brighter than they appear in these pictures … this is the perfect cake to have fun with!
And, it tasted pretty good too! It didn’t take too long to get to a point where there was only this much left!