Rainbow Party Photo Roundup

Rainbow Party Photo Roundup

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Wanna know something sad? When I am not baking on commission, i.e. ‘experimenting’ on my own time and budget, large portions of cakes and desserts often go uneaten and end up in the trash. It’s sad, but I only have so many neighbors and friends who are willing to sacrifice obscene amounts of calories on the daily for my baking endeavors.

As such, my dream of making a rainbow cake has always been weighed down with a few doubts, most notably regarding how the cake could be enjoyed and who would do the eating. As a result, the rainbow cake remained a fantasy for many years. I wanted the cake to be BIG and BEAUTIFUL and I didn’t want the majority of it to end up in the trash. I wanted the project to bring as much joy to my audience as I’m sure it would bring to me during its creation.

This summer I envisioned a solution: host a party specifically for the creation and consumption of the rainbow cake. So, I invited all of my friends over. Check one.

The next question: how was I to make something so unnatural in appearance a bit more, you know… palatable? I wouldn’t personally be into the idea of eating a slice of white cake hiding under a cup of food coloring, but that’s just me.

The rainbow cake project was thus expanded to include a rainbow of flavors as well as colors I made each layer a different flavor with the aid of my ever-growing collection of extracts. I filled it with a cream cheese icing. Check two!

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Lastly, the rainbow cake party was expanded into a rainbow dinner party, and rainbow pasta was born. I’ve been making fresh pasta and ravioli for my friends for as long as I can remember, but this was by far the most fun meal that I’ve put together!

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Unlike the cake, the pasta was colored naturally. I went to a farmers market and used a juicer to come up with a handful of fun pigments.

Purple: red cabbage and blueberries
Pink: red beats
Orange: sun dried tomatoes
Yellow: carrots
Green: basil and spinach

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The rainbow dinner was rounded out with a plethora of bright vegetables cooked on the grill (red, yellow and green bell peppers, eggplant, red onion, and yellow and green squash) and a fruit salad. Check three!

My original premonition was right: putting together the rainbow cake was the most fun I’ve had e had in a while. At first I had planned to leave the outside of the cake entirely white, but having a blank canvas over a foot tall at my disposal was irresistible.

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I put together a second rainbow-ish color palate for the outside inspired by the pearly colors of pastel sixlet candies and topped it with some sprinkle loaded chocolate bark.

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Opening up the cake was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done. I’ve made ombre cakes before, but was really nervous that the rainbow layers would muddle each other up as the knife ran through them. I was wrong!

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To my surprise, everyone really enjoyed the cake! I think the different flavors were what did the trick. They all enjoyed comparing the layers and trying different combinations. The favorite layers were green (lime) and purple (raspberry).

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All in all, rainbow cake was everything that I could have hoped for.

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As always, a big thanks to my friends and family for trying so many cakes on my behalf and for always supporting me during my projects.

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