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Rainbow Birthday Cake

My little girl turned five this past week.  Five!  In the midst of extensive Christmas baking, I took a break from all this green and red and peppermint and made a perfectly perfect girly girl cake.

With Audrey’s help of course!  The last couple years I have let her “design” her cake;  she tells me what colors and themes she wants and I do my best to make it happen.

Like this Rose Cake.  And this Neapolitan Cake.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 Her requests were pretty simple:

1. Lots of flowers

2. Every color in the rainbow.

3. Lots of frosting. (but no chocolate cake because her brother doesn’t like chocolate and she is very thoughtful like that)

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 

I even let her pick the cake stand, which just happens to be one of my all time favorites.  I found it in a specialty shop near our new home.  The owner of the shop did not want to let it go!  Even though there was a price tag on it, they had been using it for display for so long it had become part of the ambiance.  I tried so hard to not show my desperation, but in my head I was screaming, “I HAVE TO HAVE THAT CAKE STAND!”

I think her soul heard my souls cries.

Do you think I am being too dramatic?  Let’s see… what do most women love?

Ah yes.  Shoes.  Pretend I was talking about a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 

Back to the cake.  Audrey did request a Rosette Cake, but… and this is hard for me to admit… sometimes I get tired of making that cake!  So I asked her if it would be ok to change things up a little tiny bit.

She refused.

I asked sweetly.  She said no.  She crossed her arms and stood up tall and looked me in the eye.

“I promise I will still try to make it pretty!” I pleaded.

“Oh sure mom!  Whatever you want.” And she happily flounced away in her princess dress.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 

So this is my “compromise”.  I didn’t make the full on rosette shape, but still tried to make it “flowery”.  And it has every color in the rainbow.  Except Indigo.

Cause like, I prefer my rainbows with six colors ok?

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 Audrey loved her cake and loved being a princess for a whole day.

She loved the attention and the gifts.

But most of all, I hope she loved the love.

Swirly Rainbow Cake (Inside and Out!) #rainbow #cake #birthdaycake

 Happy Birthday Sweety!

Here is a recipe for How to Make a Rainbow Cake.

I shared a picture of Audrey blowing out the candles on this cake on my Instagram account.  I am iambaker.

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Rainbow Delight {Ten Rainbow Inspired Desserts}

As much as I wanted to get my latest St. Patricks Day post up I just didnt have time this week.  So I thought I would share some of the Rainbow inspired desserts I have made in the past!

Rainbow Bus Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Bus Sugar Cookies

 

Rainbow Sugar Cookies

Rainbow Sugar Cookies

 

Rainbow Ruffle Cake

Rainbow Ruffle Cake

 

Candyland Inspired Rainbow Cake

Candyland Inspired Rainbow Cake

 

Rose Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Rose Cookies

 

Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles

Easy Homemade Rainbow Sprinkles

 

The Original Rainbow Pancakes

Rainbow Pancakes

 

Rainbow Fruit Stuffed French Toast

Rainbow Fruit Stuffed French Toast

 

Rainbow Fruit Cookie Cake

Rainbow Fruit Sugar Cookie Cake

 

Puffy Rainbow Cake (with a surprise inside!)

Puffy Rainbow Cake (with a surprise inside!)

 

Now if that doesnt convince you how obsessed with Rainbows I am, I dont know what will.

I hope your St. Patricks Day is full of luck and blessings!

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Rainbow Ruffle Birthday Cake

Today is my sweet little girls birthday. She is going to be four! And so far, she is the only girl among three boys. So yeah… a little princess to say the least.

Every year I let Audrey pick out what kind of cake she wants.


This is the cake she wanted last year.

And this is the cake she wanted the year before. (Ok, ok. So I may have made that choice on my own. She was only turning two.)

This year she chose a ruffle cake. But then specified that it had to be a rainbow cake. But then told me it had to be chocolate.

So needless to day, I had no idea how I was going to make a rainbow cake made of chocolate.

Which left… the exterior! Except, I had never seen a Rainbow Ruffle cake before, so I had to kinda make it up as I went along.

Getting those sweet little ruffles around a curve was easier said than done, but hopefully Audrey will love the final effect, so I am happy she challenged me!

Two of my favorite recipes were on hand for this cake.

Back to Basic’s Buttercream

The Best Chocolate Cake (I have been relying on my favorite brand for Vanilla lately, McCormick! I can really taste the difference when I use imitation brands. Only the best for the ones I love!)

The top was my oldest sons idea… he insisted I make a rainbow in circles around the top of the cake. Now, you know how much I love white, and leaving it white is exactly what I planned on doing. But seeing his face light up at his “bright” idea, I couldnt bear to say no.

Thanks to Kristen from Dine & Dish for sharing one of her birthday traditions… this is what Audrey will wake up to this morning!

And just in case you want a full tutorial for how to make your own Ruffle Cake, just head on over here and I’ll show you!

The kids all approve. Which is the most important approval there is.

Well, except Audrey! She will get to see it later tonight when we celebrate… but I have a sneaking suspicion she will be happy.

I do have at least one more post before Christmas… in which I might be returning to the red/green. Or not!! Cant wait to share with you! :)


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Mothers Day Ideas {10 Great Cakes Mom Will Love!}

Edible ideas that is.

But I guess you knew that.

Since that is the whole point of this blog.

10 Mothers Day Cakes that will bring tears to Mom's eyes!  ~With Full Tutorials!~

Anywho!

I have got a ton of fun, new ideas for cakes and cookies and treats this year, but I RAN OUT OF TIME!!  Mothers Day is just a few short days away!!

So, here is a round up of some of the ideas I have had in the past.  The cookie one is still my favorite.  Might be my favorite of all time.  But then again, I love cookies.

 

Mothers Day Garden Party (hint: there is a DOUBLE rainbow cake in there!)

Mothers Day Cake and Garden Party

Rainbow Dot Cake

Fun & Easy Rainbow Cake!

 

Mothers Day Cookie Jar

 

Mothers Day Cake

Look close… there is a sweet message in those swirls!

Hidden Message Mothers Day Cake

 

Black Eyed Susan Cake (even though this was for a bridal shower, I know mom would love all those flowers!)

Black Eyed Susan Cake

 

And of course, there was the Vanilla Lemon Cake

Daffodil Cake

Sweet Daffodil Cake and a FULL tutorial!!!

 

Cherry Cake

The Most Perfect Cherry Cake!

Hope that helps!  If you were looking for ideas for Mom that is.

Or even if you were just hungry.

Eating cookies and cake is fun.

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A sweet reader (or seven!) reminded me of the Rose Cake and

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Hydrangea Cake

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Sorry I forgot! :)