Embellish a cake mix to make a sturdy and moist cake that is perfect for decorating. Vanilla Buttercream tinted beautiful pastels and covered with white chocolate ganache will make one beautiful springy cake perfect for a baby shower.
Today we are celebrating the first baby of our blogger friend Joanne of Fifteen Spatulas. Baby James made his appearance a few weeks ago and today we are celebrating him and Joanne like we would if she lived closer to us – with food! Lots of blogger friends are throwing them a virtual baby shower and there are lots of amazing recipes floating around the Interwebs today in their honor. My contribution – Pastel Rainbow Cake with White Chocolate Drip.
Joanne – I am so happy for you and Pete and know that you are going to be amazing parents. Baby James is very lucky to have you both.
I don’t usually make fancy cakes because I don’t have the patience for it. I start with good intentions and get bored halfway through. Then my cake looks terrible and I don’t make another cake for a year. But it is something that I really want to get better at. This cake was so much fun that it might have been the gateway cake I needed to really get into cake decorating.
I used an embellished cake mix recipe for the layers. You can use whatever recipe you like, but I have found that cake mix (with a little help) is really consistent and makes very sturdy layers that are moist and delicious, but also hold up well for decorating and slicing.
I’m going to put it out there – I am really proud of this cake. It is inspired from a few different cakes that I have seen floating around YouTube and this is my take on a rainbow cake with a chocolate drip. Above are the colors that I used to tint my frosting. I prefer Americolor because I like the squeeze bottle over the jar, but any gel color will do.
- Lemon Yellow
- Electric Green
- Electric Blue
- Electric Purple
When you are cleaning up the edges of the cake, save the scrapings. You are going to use it later to pipe stars on the top. (Just like the ones below.)
You can watch how I put this cake together below.
To see what other deliciousness is being served at Joanne’s Virtual Shower, click the links below:
Italian Sub Sandwich Roll-ups from Michael of Inspired by Charm
Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Sun Dried Tomato Hummus from Jeanette of Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Creamy Sweet Potato Soup from Sadie of Dairy Good Life
Whipped Goat Cheese & Blueberry Balsamic Crostini from Meseidy of The Noshery
Rosemary Flatbread with Baked Goat Cheese from Heidi of FoodieCrush
Spring Herb Cream Cheese Appetizer Cups from Rachel of Rachel Cooks
Crostini with Almond Ricotta and spicy olive tapenade from Heather of HeatherChristo
Chocolate-Covered Rice Krispies Treats from Julie of The Little Kitchen
Orange Fluff from Jamie of My Baking Addiction
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Brownies from Susannah of Feast + West
Mini Ombre Heart Cookies from Bridget of Bake at 350
Mini Coconut Pound Cakes from Mary of Barefeet In The Kitchen
Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting from Jennifer of Savory Simple
Unicorn Shaped Cookies from Jessie of CakeSpy
Oreo Cheesecake Bites from Brenda of a farmgirl’s dabbles
Lemon Blueberry Bread from Glory of Glorious Treats
Blintz with Blackberry Sauce from Sommer of A Spicy Perspective
Pastel Rainbow Cake from Bree of Baked Bree
Individual Chocolate Souffles from Andie of Andie Mitchell
I promise you, if I can make a cake like this, so can you. It just takes a little patience (and a lot of dishes, but it’s worth it for Baby James, right?).