Kiddo just turned 5 and I planned a small party for her. She requested for a My Little Pony rainbow cake and of coz I had to fulfil my little girl's wish.
So I came up with this idea, thinking that it will definitely cut down on preparation time without compromising on taste and how the cake will look.
So the idea I had was to bake the rainbow layers using Betty Crocker white cake mix and then frost the cake with the Best Ever Cream Cheese Buttercream recipe from Wicked Good Kitchen which I have tried and loved. However, I added way lesser sugar coz my family prefers desserts that are not overly sweet. I would then decorate the cake withMy Little Pony figurines that we bought from Toys R Us and top it with cake bunting flaggies which I see lots of online.
HOWEVER, two nights before the party, as I was preparing the rainbow cake layers using the cake mix, Kiddo squealed at the sight of pastel coloured layers but at the same time turned her nose up and remarked that the cake smelled like play dough. I thought so too myself, but couldn't put a finger to it. I asked Kiddo if she would like to try a small piece of the cake and she declined firmly. I took a small bite of the cake and was rather turned off by how over the top sweet it was and how artificial the vanilla taste was. *Urgh*... I wrapped up the layers, parked them in the freezer and called it a night.
I had a bad bad feeling as I went to bed... Knowing that with Kiddo's heightened taste buds and sense of smell, I knew that she wouldn't eat the cake no matter how pretty it will look. So I got out of bed to look for a white cake recipe.
The recipe that I followed was the Heavenly White Cake Recipe from allrecipes.com
I am glad I decided to bake the cake from scratch coz it turned out really pretty without the off putting smell of play dough that came with the cake mix that I first used. The texture of the cake that I made wasn't fabulous though, it was rather dense. Coz I had to mix in the colours while folding in the meringue mixture which must have caused lots of bubbles to pop.
So, here's how the cake looks like with all the ideas put together.
We spruced up the place a little with these pompoms which both the kids and adults loved.
As for food, I prepared Curried Yong Tau Foo...
And we ordered lots of pizza!
Here's how the inside of the rainbow cake... Kiddo and I both agreed on a less vibrant, pastel rainbow layers.
The kids loved the cake, but the adults found it much too dense which I totally agree. Well, I'll still call this a success since the cake turned out the way that I envisioned it to look! (",)
The first cake that I baked for Kiddo was when she was 3.
This My Little Pony rainbow cake is the second cake that I've baked for her birthday.
I wonder what kinda cake she will ask for next year ... I hope I'd be able to fulfil her wish too for her next cake request.
Talk to you ladies soon!