Why wait until your birthday to bake yourself a cake?
Yes I’m talking to you with your Pinterest boards full of ideas you are going to do one day, with your list of fun things you want to accomplish.
Of all the things that you can celebrate, why would you cling to this idea of only celebrating annually that you didn’t die for another year? Why not celebrate that the sun in shining, you had a good night’s sleep, you’re working hard on your goals, you finally cleaned out the fridge, the tree in your street is blooming or the fact that you can see?
I want to challenge this notion of only doing special things when there is a special occasion. You are alive. That must count for something. You are a beautiful, breathing, human being. It’s a miracle in itself that you get to wake up every day. Make it worthwhile. Every day you have the power to either overdo it on the glitters and rainbows (as if there is such a thing), or to stick to your boring routine. I say: you can have both. Yes, get the important tasks done, but make time for glamorous, quirky and wondrous little moments in between.
You have so many opportunities to let this day be anything you want it to be. And if you could choose between a sandwich or a rainbow cake, what would it be? Well, you kind of make that choice every single day. Every day you are not drinking coffee with the cutest-ever mini rainbow cake, is a day you choose you didn’t want to drink coffee with a cute mini rainbow cake. Because if you would really want it, you would make it happen.
1. Buy cake mix (and additional ingredients if needed), fondant & follow the instructions on the box to create the cake batter. Divide (part of) the batter over 6 small bowls. Depending on how many cakes you need and how much batter you have, you can decide to use up all your batter or only use about half of it and use the rest to bake a normal cake. Add food colouring to each bowl: red, orange, yellow, green, blue & purple.
2. Divide the coloured batter over your muffin liners. Add 1 tablespoon per muffin liner, you really don’t need to put much as the batter will expand when it’s heated. Bake your coloured layers in batches. You will probably need a shorter baking time than stated on the cake mix package, since the volume of the cakes is so little (in my case I needed 20 minutes instead of 50).
3. Let your mini cake layers cool down. Remove the muffin liners and put the mini cakes upside down. That way the inflated part will flatten a bit and the former bottom will be a good flat top.
4. Apply jelly between the layers to make them stick to each other and create a colourful tower.
5. Roll out the fondant and cover your mini cake. This may take some time and patience on your first try to get it smooth. I watched part of this ‘How to cover a cake with fondant‘ tutorial before I started
and still completely messed up my first one. Cut off any remaining fondant.
6. Instead of covering your rainbow cakes with fondant, you can also simply pin them on a stick. It’s a whole lot less time-consuming, and it still looks pretty sweet. Wouldn’t that be a fun BBQ skewer? “I didn’t bring any meat guys, just rainbows.”
Now, I’m off to my coffee break. Guess what I will be eating it with?