For Gwendolyn's family birthday party, I talked her into a rainbow birthday cake. It didn't take much persuasion since she is a pretty big rainbow fan.
In years past, my stepmother has always made the cake, but she always got super stressed about it so this year I decided to make it myself.
I got a boxed cake mix and followed the instructions. Then I divided the batter into five different bowls and mixed in gel food coloring.
Then poured it into the cake pans, one color at a time.
Gwendolyn oohed and awed at each step. Then when I took the cake out of the oven, I must have jumped the gun and not waited for it to cool enough. It fell apart. Many words were muttered. I considered making cake pops with the cracked and crumbly cake, but last time I did that, they tasted like crap. So I got to work making cupcakes. Same process but takes much longer.
And because I was posting pictures on facebook as I made progress on the cake, I had multiple people more crafty and experienced making cake than I am tell me that the cake was salvageable, just use lots of icing.
Honestly I had Keary do that step. I was pretty sure I would mess it up further. And it turned out! It wasn't the cake I had in mind, but it stuck together and tasted good.
Maggie sampled it. Quality control and all that.
even if the cake had ended up not turning out and we had to go get a cake from Walmart, the day would have been good and happy, but it was all the more sweet because I made the cake.
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