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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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Get OUT!!! I’ve seriously never seen anything like that rainbow cake before in my life! That thing is AMAZING. I’m not a sweets eater but I’d love me a big slice of that rainbow. I hope you made a wish on it before you cut into it 🙂 Stunning Amanda, simply stunning!!!!

  2. What a beautiful cake, Amanda. It is absolutely stunning. I want to say that I’ll try it, but I’ve said that about so many of your things, and I’m WAY behind. I’ll just add it to the list, ok?

  3. that looks SO FANTASTIC!!! and i love that it’s not heavily dependant on food coloring. you are a genious!

  4. So lovely! I really like the fact that it’s mostly colored by the fruit and isn’t super-saturated with food coloring like pretty much every other rainbow cake out there. I definitely want to attempt to make this someday. I do have a question… do you have a go-to recipe for white cake? I want to make sure that when I do make it, it’ll turn out as tasty as it is pretty. 🙂

  5. This is so lovely!! I love the cake, love the fruit decorations on top of the cake, love the table setting, love everything!! You are so creative and talented 🙂

  6. This post is proof that you are my blog soul mate!
    I had zero time to catch up on blogs tonight, so I quickly scrolled through my Reader (over 700 posts) and starred the ones I wanted to read tomorrow (based on the pictures!)
    You show up in my Reader now (which I am not used to!) And of course I starred this one because it is GORGEOUS! I was even talking to myself as I did it! Saying how much I wanted that fruit plate for breakfast on Mother’s Day. And I had no idea it was you. But it was.
    Because you are my blog soul mate.

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