|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!