Rainbow Cake with Flowers

Rainbow Cake with Flowers

It is the first week of April, and here I am with the cake, which I baked for a dear friend.

It was my first attempt at making tall cakes and as usual I learnt a lot of things on the go. I knew that I am supposed to use dowels/ straws to support a tall or tiered cake. Even then, I thought that my cake is smaller in size and probably not tall enough to need straws. But I realized my mistake as soon as I reached the top, the bottom 2 layers started falling apart and the cake leaned towards one side.

Rainbow Cake with Flowers

I got into damage control mode and added few straws/ wooden stocks to hold the cake together and it worked. The cake stayed perfectly fine till the cake cutting in the evening.

So guys learn from my mistake and add support if you are making tall cake. Better safe than sorry.

Rainbow Cake with Flowers

The downside was I had to keep reminding my friend that there are straws in the cake. :D

I used my white cake recipe in reduced portion to get smaller layers. Add 2 drops of gel based colours to get 7 layers in colours of rainbow. For red layer, I added 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder for a nice red. I recommend doing it to get deeper shade.

Rainbow Cake with Flowers

For assembling decorating place the violet layer at the bottom, soak in sugar syrup and spread ganache. Repeat. After stacking 3 layers, insert 3-4 straws, or wooden dowels inside the layers to support the other 4 layers. Once all the 7 layers are stacked, insert another set of straws to further stabilize the cake. When making tall or tiered cakes, straws or dowels are must. Crumb coat with whipped cream.

Rainbow Cake with Flowers

For fresh flowers, thoroughly clean and dry them. Stick the bunch together using an elastic band. Now place them on a small portion of butter paper cut in the size of flowers so that it’s not visible. If you are planning to insert the stem inside the cake, it is best to insert using straws or cling wrap them. Use the remaining ganache to drip on top.

The cake was perfectly moist and wonderment to kids for colours of rainbow.

Rainbow Cake with Flowers

makes 1 layer of 6 inch cake Conversion Chart Print

Rainbow Cake

Ingredients

½ cup of all purpose flour
¼ cup of sugar
¼ teaspoon of baking powder
teaspoon of baking soda
cup of unsweetened apple sauce
¼ cup of curd or buttermilk
1 tablespoon of oil
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1-2 drops of colour of your choice

Preparation

1.Pre-heat oven to 160°C. Grease and line a 6 inch round pan.
2.In a large bowl, combine together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. In a separate small bowl, mix curd or buttermilk, oil, food colour of your choice, vinegar, vanilla extract and apple sauce.
3.Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl until just mixed. I added another teaspoon of curd to adjust the consistency. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted near the centre comes out clean. Cool the cake completely in the pan. Repeat for remaining 6 layers in colours of rainbow.
4.Prepare ½ kg ganache. Place the violet layer at the bottom, soak in sugar syrup and spread ganache. Repeat. After stacking 3 layers, insert 3-4 straws, or wooden dowels inside the layers to support the other 4 layers. Once all the 7 layers are stacked, insert another set of straws to further stabilize the cake. When making tall or tiered cakes, straws or dowels are must. Crumb coat with whipped cream. For fresh flowers, thoroughly clean and dry them. Stick the bunch together using an elastic band. Now place them on a small portion of butter paper cut in the size of flowers so that it's not visible. If you are planning to insert the stem inside the cake, it is best to insert using straws or cling wrap them. Use the remaining ganache to drip on top. Or Assemble and decorate as per your choice.

Notes

This recipe makes 1 layer. Repeat this process to get as many layers you want. For red layer, I added 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder for a nice red. I recommend doing it to get deeper shade.

I forgot to use straws/ dowels after the first 3 layers, so the bottom 2 layers started breaking as soon as I piled all layers. You do not forget guys!!

Check tips on using fresh flowers for cake here.

Rainbow Cake with Flowers