About six months ago my 16-year-old daughter asked me to make her a Nyan Cat Rainbow Cake for her 17th birthday in March.
Talk about planning ahead!
I, of course, had to google exactly what a Nyan Cat Rainbow cake was!
I was far too rushed to do a really good job, but Savannah was thrilled, which means I get the mom-of-the-year award in her eyes.
If you're wondering what exactly a Nyan Cat is and WHY it looks like it has a pop-tart for a body, then please go here. I can handle approximately 2 seconds of this repetitive video/song. But I guess it went viral a couple of years ago and all the kids know it. Pop culture. Go figure.
Savannah had a Sweet 17 (because she didn't do a sweet 16) party at Provo Beach club. Savannah had to cradle that cake in the back of the car...only a few thumb prints.
I must admit, it was pretty cool cutting into that cake with all those colors!
And because we had half a cake left after her party, we decided to re-cake it for the family party the next day.
Notice the tail sticking out of the cat? Notice the missing tail on the picture above? Yeah. Made a tail and everything and forgot to put it on! I told you I was in a rush!
So, I highly doubt any of you will be making a nyan cat cake anytime soon, however, the process of making the rainbow cake was pretty cool and everyone loved the results.
First of all, I did my favorite fake cake...yup, a box mix, plus 1 cup sour cream, 1 small box of jello pudding (I used White cake with White chocolate pudding), 3/4 cup water, 3/4 cup oil and 4 eggs. This always gives me a quick, moist, yummy cake.
I used 4 cake mixes to make this cake, but really, I could have used 3 (for a 12" cake), I ended up having to cut off quite a bit on top. Too much batter.
Divide the batter in 6 equal portions and add food coloring (I used gel) until you get a bright intense color.
Prepare you pan (I used parchment and butter) and pour in your darkest color first.
Pour in your 2nd color directly in the middle of the pan and repeat with your 3rd color.
This is much easier (and frankly I think it looks cool) than making separate layers of each color.
I need to try these in a cupcake at some point. Yes, I know...all that food coloring can NOT be good for me. But then again, neither can the cake.