However, when I looked up the recipe on the website to say there were mixed reviews would be an understatement. The comments at the bottom were overwhelmingly negative, from issues about using gel food dyes to complaints that the cake looked amazing, but tasted like play doh. Now, although my fiancé often teases me and says that I only bake to take photographs of the cake - I did want the cake to taste good, especially as it was going to be eaten by lots of people at a birthday BBQ. I did a bit of research and asked the lovely ladies of Instagram for opinions - one tweaked recipe suggestion from Debbie was to use a Mary Berry sponge or this recipe from Emily Quinton's blog 'the start up wife'. However, it was my brother who sent me a blog of favourite cake recipes that I found this recipe for an almond rainbow cake with white chocolate icing on a blog called 'love and olive oil'.
Be warned this is not a recipe to make with the healthy option in mind - I used a humongous amount of butter. The cake recipe is light, although next time I think I would only used one teaspoon of almond extract rather than two, as I felt it was a little overpowering. Also, dig out your recipes using egg yolks only, as there will be rather a few left over from this cake. I used professional Wilton food colouring bought especially for the cake (expensive initially, but will last for ages) and they give the vivid colour that I was after. I added the colouring with a cocktail stick - so you get an idea of how little I actually added. I baked the cakes in seven inch sandwich tins - I don't think I would have had enough cake mixture to go up to eight inch.
I had a huge amount of icing and nearly had a disaster when making it as my initial bowl was too small. If making again I would half the icing, as I more than double the amount needed. I also don't have a mixer, so made this with a hand held whisk - I was making icing for over two hours!!!
|Almost overflowing - instagramming whilst baking!|
However, I did put the remaining icing in the freezer and used for the second birthday cake of the week. First, though some photos of the finished Rainbow cake (I will get round to blogging about the cake bunting soon).
|One iced cake - and tonnes of left-over icing, plus enough to test as I went along.|
|One unassuming Birthday Cake|
|Ta-Dah! One Rainbow Cake|
|Carrot Cake with a raw middle!|
|Middle removed and binned - not even good enough to eat!|
|Iced cake with some of the leftover White Choc icing from the Rainbow cake.|
|Bunny and carrot decoration|
|Birthday Bunting in use again!|
The best part was cutting into the cake to reveal the bunny - my favourite photo of this cake!
|Even bunny thinks it's a Yummy Scrummy Carrot Cake :)|