Every year I try to make my daughter’s birthday cake. I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a baker nor a cake decorator but do enjoy baking her cake no matter what she requests. This year she wanted a unicorn cake.
Simple enough, I thought. Knowing that I could not pull off decorating a cake to look like a unicorn, I chose to make a rainbow cake. Each layer would represent a color of the rainbow – expect indigo and violet would be combined. So I make a trail rainbow cake and learned a few things. First, use more than one cake mix, and second, use more than one can of icing.
Some layers – like the purple one – were no more thicker than a pancake. But I felt confident that I had learned some valuable lesson about making a rainbow cake and felt I could pull it off easily. I learned two things with the second cake. First, taller cakes need reinforcement like toothpicks or cake platforms, and second, it is so much easier to decorate a cake in your mind than actually doing it.
As there were more layers, it was harder to stack evenly on top. I should have stopped at the fourth tier as the others just crumbled under the pressure. Oh well. The cake was tasty even if it was falling apart.