I found these fantastic Wilton cake pans while taking a peek at the Sur La Table website for Macaron supplies. I adore those fantastic rainbow and ombre cakes which are all over Pinterest right now but had some reservations about tackling one myself. First of all the thought of a huge multi layer cake, usually made with at least two recipes of batter, was not an attractive thought. Don’t get me wrong…the family loves cake. But not two cakes in one. I was sure that at least half would end up in the trash. Such a waste. My second reservation was that it is a busy time of year and I didn’t really want to spend all day wrestling with the thing. I wanted my ombre cake but I wanted it to be easy too. Did I just type that? Oh yes I did. I wanted my cake and to eat it too. (Sometimes you just have to go there). Seeing these pans inspired me. I would have my five layer ombre cake.
One of the neatest things about this cake is that it can be made with ONE recipe of cake batter…or if you are in a hurry, one cake mix. Yep. Just one. I mixed up the white cake batter and divided it into 5 cereal bowls. I used a pink gel food coloring and started coloring the batter. No food coloring in the first bowl. A couple of drops in the second. A few more in the third and so on. Soon I had five different colors of batter waiting to be baked into my five layer ombre celebration cake…dreams are made of this!
18 minutes later I was looking at five layers of baked pink goodness. Yum! Being smaller (about 6″ around) they cooled rather quickly and were easy to handle. I broke out one of my favorite and festive little cake stands and got to work. As I was on a tight timeline I used pre-made frosting (and ended up using about 1 1/2 cans). I used Duncan Hines white whipped frosting which ended up being the perfect choice. Very, very fluffy and light. I think a traditional buttercream would have weighed the cake down too much. I finished with a handful of rainbow sprinkles and it was time to eat.
Things I am going to do differently next time around…I will not only grease but also flour the pans. I had some sticking issues and I want the cake to come out cleanly next time. Also, I will make sure the two darkest layers are a bit different in color I think more contrast would be good. And finally, a new color scheme…perhaps…a rainbow cake. Too bad I didn’t find these pans until after St. Patrick’s Day that would have been adorable. Oh well, there is always next year.