When I first saw this cake , I knew that I'd make it some day.
It was several years back, on Martha Stewart's website, that I saw it. And the waiting began, for the right time. Well the day came, and my what an epic cake it was. '
It's like ticking off "do a marathon' on your bucket list.
The ingredients (or more so the quantity of ingredients) is a little lets say, shocking. Like 19 egg whites, 5 1/2 cups sugar, and 750g butter. We didn't have an ounce of butter in the house Monday morning.
Then you have the food dye... You gotta let all your nature mamma go if you want to make this cake, just forget it.
I really enjoyed the process of making this cake, and I followed the recipe to the tee, unusually for me. The texture and softness of the cake is really good, the icing is a swiss meringue, lovely in small doses. The wow factor is really worth it.
Eliza had seen me assemble the cake, as much as she tried to avoid it, so she knew what is was going to look like. But seeing her face lighting up as that first slice and came out was just worth every free-range egg white. And the days of custard that followed, not that the kids (or Aaron) complained.
Although Eliza saw the cake, I will tell you that we like a little secret party crafting round here the night before the party, after she'd gone to bed. Eliza's big sister Beatrix and Aaron and I stayed up way too late crafting pinwheels (that made our fingers bleed and wouldn't spin at night, but somehow did on the day) and ribbon sticks. Bea had been with me buying the ribbons and embarrassed me in the fabric store, chortling loudly "Mum don't you know the colours of the rainbow?" when I wondered aloud what colours to get. Ahh I love it when she knows more than me.
The party was a big success and so much fun.
My recipe for the perfect rainbow party:
Punch balls in rainbow colours
A string of balloons aranged in the rainbow spectrum
Ribbon sticks in either a bright or pastelly rainbow hue
Pinwheels, just because they are so pretty
Some big sidewalk chalk
(I didn't need games with all this for everyone to play with!)
and of course