Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Rainbow Birthday Cake

This past weekend was all about family for me. On Saturday we farewelled our beloved Pa (who you may remember from this post), who passed away a couple of weeks ago. From the day I started Sew Delicious, he was my biggest fan, checking the blog everyday and we chatted about every project I posted. He was a wonderful person and he will be greatly missed.

Nan & Pa with Anna & Lucy in September

On the upside, my family were all in the one location for the first time in a while. My parents live in Queensland, my brother lives in Perth and my in-laws live in Northern Victoria, so being together is very unusual. We took the chance to have a picnic in the park on Sunday and celebrate the January birthdays, my brother Andrew who turns 27 tomorrow and Anna, who will be 3 in a couple of weeks.

So that gave me an excuse to make some fabulous cakes!


A rainbow cake for Anna and the same sort of cake in blue and white for Andrew who is a huge Geelong Cats fan (Australian Rules Football).

The pictures aren't the best - it was really windy so I couldn't really 'style' the cakes, but I'm sure you've seen the rainbow cake around on pinterest or on another blog somewhere. Personally, I was inspired by these two cakes - this cake by Cass Can Sew and this cake by Minimoz


Anna was very keen to cut into her cake.


So Andrew helped her.


And the big reveal of the rainbow centre was a huge success!


Yum! It was surprisingly easy to make. I cheated and bought some sponge mix from my local cake decorating supplies store, and used gel colours to tint the batter. I made the cakes earlier in the week and froze them, which made icing it much easier. I would recommend this cake to anyone with limited cake decorating experience, it was very simple to make and has such a wow factor when served.

If you do want to get more creative with cakes, gel colours are the way to go - you don't need much to achieve a very intense shade. You can buy them at cake decorating stores or online.

Was it delicious? The proof was in the eating! Yes!


Happy birthday Andrew and Anna!

17 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your Pa, but it's great that you have so many fond memories to think back on.

    As for your cakes... I have one word: WOW! I love the rainbow one and have seen the idea before but have always been to scared to try it - but you have encouraged me to give it go! Thank you! :) Jen

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  2. They are both fantastic cakes!!! I love the white and blue! Thanks for the link :)
    Also, I'm sorry for your loss hun (((hugs))) He sounds like a wonderful Pa (I had a "Pa" too :) ) xo

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  3. This looks just like one I made! I also posted it on my blog...yours looks fabulous! I just love all the layers of rainbow goodness!! =)

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  4. I love rainbow cakes, and your colors are bright and beautiful. The bunting banner is cute too!

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  5. I am so sorry about your Pa. Isn't it fun that he loved your blog and you two had that connection. That is a sweet story.
    Your cakes are beautiful.

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  6. Oh Ros, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Pa. I lost my grandma just over 12 months ago, & I was close to her like you were with your pa, so I understand how sad and hard this time is for you. Take care of yourself and know that he is watching over you always.
    x manda

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  7. so sorry to hear about the passing of your pa. it's so hard to lose someone you care about deeply.

    on a different note: your cakes look fantastic!

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  8. That's me all right - 'limited cake decorating experience' - VERY limited. Thinking this would be perfect for P's birthday! Absolutely awesome.

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  9. Sorry to hear about your Pa, Ros. You'll have good memories of the times spent chatting about your blog. Take care!!!

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  10. I love this post! I found you on Tip Junkie! I would like to invite you to share this post with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-7.html

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  11. a 6 layer rainbow cake...like wow!! the cakes look be.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can!autiful

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  12. Sorry to hear about your loss. It's never easy to say goodbye.

    I LOVE the rainbow cake!! :) Thanks so much for stopping by to link up at Sassy Sites ffa Friday party! Have a great weekend!

    XOXO!
    Marni

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  13. Ohmygoodness I want to eat a big slice of that now!!! Too bad we're on opposite sides of the world. ~Meig

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  14. Rainbow cakes are so impressive!

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  15. GOOD MORNING! Just so you know... you were featured today over at Sassy Sites! You got a BIG shout out so come by and grab a button! XOXO!

    Marni

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  16. Gorgeous cakes Ros! Your little Anna is such a cutie also, bet she loved the rainbow cake!
    It's awesome that your Pa loved your blog, my grandparents don't even own computers let alone know how to navigate the Internet! So sorry you lost your no. 1 fan :(

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  17. I have just discovered the world of blogging and am loving all your posts. I love your rainbow cake. My kids and I are obsessed with rainbows and are lucky that my aunt is currently painting a rainbow mural for us. I will write a post about our rainbow mural on my new blog and some other rainbow inspired activities in the coming week. Since you seem into rainbows (who wouldn't be?) you should check out my new blog "Crafty Little People" lpcrafts.blogspot.com.au - simple craft ideas to do at home with children.

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