Thursday, May 26, 2016

Recipe: Happy Rainbow Cake

It's a colourful day! Rainbow cake makes us very happy !!!
Recipe from    

For 4 layers, I used:
  • 330g granulated sugar
  • 150g softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 155ml milk + 2 tsp vinegar, sit for 5 mins (substitute for buttermilk)
  • 13g butter + 30ml milk, whisk to combine (substitute for heavy whipping cream)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder 
  • 1/4 + 1/16 tsp salt
  • food colouring, used dark orange, yellow, green and blue
  • 87g softened cream cheese
  • 85g softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 + 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
*frosting is very sweet, either spread a thinner layer or reduce the amount of icing sugar!
*used 7" and 8" round pans, baked 2 rounds.

Instructions copied from
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F, 170 C
  2. Generously grease and flour 6 (9-inch cake pans.) I only had 3 pans so I had to bake in two rounds.
  3. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter.
  4. Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated.
  5. Mix in vanilla extract, buttermilk and heavy cream.
  6. Mix in half of the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. When mixture is combined, mix in the rest of the flour.
  8. Divide the batter into six bowls (about 1 cup of batter per bowl)
  9. Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. (see note on how to make colors)
  10. Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. (layers will be thin)
  11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until center is set. Do not overbake. Keep a close eye on them as some ovens run hotter and these are thin layers.
  12. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.
  13. Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.
  14. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.
  15. Meanwhile make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together cream cheese and butter.
  16. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  17. Place the violet layer down first and frost. Followed by the blue layer, green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. (frost between each layer)
  18. Place a thin coat of the icing on the cake to create a crumb coat. This will make the cake even all around and seal any loose crumbs.
  19. Once the crumb coat is set, finish frosting the cake.
  20. Slice & serve!
  21. (To create more defined layers of frosting between the colors, place the frosted cake in the fridge to allow the cream cheese frosting to firm up before slicing)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Day Trip - WB Movie World, Gold Coast

We have been working hard touching up our house...time flies like it was just yesterday.

I am super happy with my children., keeping the house neat and far so without a maid...

It is time to reward! Here we come MOVIE WORLD.

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