Mothers Day Garden Party

filed under: Cakes on April 21, 2010
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  • Are you ready for Mothers Day yet? Did you know its only seventeen days away?!?!

    I would love to show you a few ways you can bake your way onto mom’s “Favorite Kid” list!

    Granted. I am still trying to get on my own moms ‘favorite kid’ list. And I only have one sister.

    But anywho.

    I have another cake for you. This one is easy schmeezy. I promise.

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    And it is even a little good for you!

    Well. As good as cake can be for you.

    But it has fruit on it! And in it!

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    I cant help myself. My name is Amanda and I am addicted to rainbows.

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    Here is the top of the cake.

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    And here is one way you can honor mom this Mothers Day…

    …make her a little ‘garden party’ with drinks and gifts and cake!

    Come on. Would your mom not love to have a garden party dedicated to her?

    To create the picture frame message, just grab any old picture at the flea market or thrift store, and paint it black with chalkboard paint. Then write anything you want!

    (I chose Happy Mothers Day. I am very original.)

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    I just wrapped some small mason jars with paper and ribbon, then added a little sheath to the straw that says, ‘love you mom’.

    I sorta coordinated the cups and gifts to match the cake stand.

    Not the cake.

    Next time I will plan things out better. 🙂

     

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    This cake is covered in whipped cream.

    Since I have now discovered how easy it is to cover a cake with whipped cream I will be using it on every single cake I make from now until forever.

    You have been warned.

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    And here is the inside… it’s a rainbow rainbow cake.

    Made with actual fruit instead of just tinting the layers with food coloring*. Not that I am opposed to that. I love that. I try to do that every single time I bake a cake.

    But this was not about me! I know some moms like to try and eat right and don’t need massive amounts of sugar to make them feel happy. At least, I heard that once. It might be a myth. I’m having a hard time believing it.

    Anyway, I printed out six different recipes so that I could make six different cakes for this one rainbow cake.

    Then I realized how much work that was so I chickened out.

    So, I made a double batch of white cake then added specific ingredients to each layer.

    How to Make a Double Rainbow Cake

    (To do a double rainbow cake I just cut each individual layer in half after baking)

    Each cake was baked in a six inch round cake pan using 1 1/4 cups of the white cake batter.

    I just added the following ingredients directly to the batter, combined, then poured into prepared pan.

    Red– 1/2 cup pureed strawberries

    Orange– Two tablespoons of freshly grated orange zest and 1 tsp. freshly squeezed orange juice

    Yellow– Two tablespoons of freshly grated lemon zest

    Green– 1/2 cup of diced kiwi

    Blue-1/2 cup of blueberries, plus a few pureed for color

    Purple– 1/2 cup of finely diced purple grapes, 1 tablespoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon orange zest

    *I added a few scant drops of food coloring just to make things a little more easily distinguishable but for the most part its all just the color of the fruit!

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    I decided not to use frosting between the layers because this cake was already going to be so tall, so I just made a simple syrup and brushed that on between the layers.

    For simple syrup:

    1 cup sugar

    1 cup water

    Put into a pan and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally. Once boiling, remove from heat and let cool.

    This meant that the cake stayed nice and moist, and also brought out the wonderful natural flavors of the fruit.

    I hope you try it… and be sure to let me know if you do!

     

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    I’ve got (at least) one more great Mothers Day gift idea coming… and it’s my favorite yet!

    Can’t wait to share it with you!

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  • Desiree says:

    You inspired me to make a cake this past weekend and it turned out great! http://www.desireesdaydreams.com/2012/03/addicted-to-cake.html

    Small question though, the simple syrup didn’t keep the layers together – what did I do wrong? When we cut the cake the layers fell apart into little cake triangles. How did you keep yours together??

    • Amanda says:

      Oh no! I am so sorry to hear that! If I use simple syrup I make sure I either freeze the cake immediately after or chill it until ready to serve. When the cake thaws this is when the binding power of the simple syrup starts to lose its strength. Of course, you can always add a SUPER thin layer of frosting instead of the simple syrup… that wont add to much height and yet will give you more stability. Blessings!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    omgeeeee. why are you so cute!!? I love this cake. It is perfect for mothers day, and my four year old *squeeled* when I showed it to her.

  • Elle says:

    I’d been seeing all the pretty rainbow cakes out there and though they looked fabulous, and I’m sure they tasted great too, I admit to feeling a letdown that it was always due to food coloring. I kept thinking it would be more interesting and delicious if the different layers of the rainbow had their own flavors. So I was very happy to run across your post here and even happier at how easy all the steps are. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sophia @ NY Foodgasm says:

    WOAHHHHH! This looks AMAZING! What a great idea! Definitely wanna try this one!

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  • Lisa says:

    This looks amazing! I’ve been hunting for a great rainbow cake that I can do without the dyes. Do you think it’s possible to do in small jars? I am hosting a party for only about 6-8 moms and babies and want to give them individual jar cakes.

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