03 August 2010

number 34



number 34 off the list and you should know that the super epic rainbow cake was totally the inspiration for ava's super epic rainbow birthday sleepover.



something else you should know: I did not bake this cake from scratch. I mean, that was my original plan but sometimes things just do not go according to plan. and so two white cake mixes and one box of assorted gel food coloring later and voila: super epic rainbow cake. my version, anyway.



it's a very tall cake. therefore, precarious.



also, once the frosting is on, it's completely unassuming. we decided early on to keep the whole rainbow thing a secret and did not tell the guests about the cake beforehand. you know, for maximum effect.



so when I finally cut into the cake, it was sort of like when oprah gave out brand new cars on her show and the women in the audience lost their minds.



for a second, I was oprah. except with a gaggle of nine year-old girls and a six layer rainbow cake. let me tell you, that moment alone was totally worth all the hard work.

totally.

(photos from the super epic rainbow party coming soon)

88 comments:

  1. Kudos, this is epic indeed. Awesome!

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  2. Um...
    You're, like, the most creative lady ever.
    9 years old or not, if you would have cut that cake in front of me, I would have went nutty, too.
    You're totally Oprah.

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  3. ohhh, i wish i'd been there to see the moment you cut the cake :)

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  4. Awesome! Thanks for making me laugh out loud at 6:25am!

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  5. now THAT is a cake! ....gorgeous! :)

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  6. oh my goodness that cake is amazing.... seriously, you'll be bragging about that one when you're an old old woman.

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  7. Oh my gosh, you are my hero! I'm 33 and I would have lost my mind right along with the 9 year olds!

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  8. goodness gracious! this entire post makes my morning complete.

    and this makes me laugh because i know that feeling, you summed it up well

    "for a second, I was oprah. except with a gaggle of nine year-old girls and a six layer rainbow cake."

    rock on mama.

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  9. oh yay, it is SO gorgeous. i give you big big props for executing this cake. i totally wanted to make a rainbow cake this year, and i was all gonna Do It From Scratch too, and in the end, time escaped me. so it was a box of red velvet with cream cheese frosting (that part i made from scratch). ahhhh maybe next year :)

    i can't WAIT to see more epic rainbow party pics!

    (and your icing writing? i love.)

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  10. so worth it.

    you are a great mum.

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  11. any analogy involving oprah--particularly when comparing oneself to oprah--is a great one. well played & congrats on giving ava the party everyone will remember :) because everyone knows: it's all about the cake, anyways.

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  12. My daughter also wanted a rainbow party for her birthday, last February: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dominiquep/4317051257/in/set-72157594530407699
    That cake is really something, hey?

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  13. wow! what an awesome cake!
    it would be wonderful to eat a rainbow :)

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  14. I'm trying to think whose birthday is next so I can bake this cake!

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  15. I'm in awe! Ava is one lucky lady to have a mom like you!

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  16. That is the most awesomest cake of the whole entire universe! Wow - great work! And happy 10th birthday Ava!

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  17. my mom used to make me a rainbow birthday cake every year :) THIS is the mothership of all rainbow cakes! Love it!

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  18. How awesome is THAT? Might have to do this for my daughter's upcoming 12th birthday! She will love it!

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  19. wow, you are one rockin' momma! that cake is amazing!!! I can just hear all the girly girl screams as you sliced into the cake. :) love it.

    tina

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  20. so awesome!!! my daughter requested a rainbow cake for her party also

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3ringcircus/4511942168/in/set-72157623708188357/

    everyone went bananas for it!!!

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  21. bravo, hula girl! your cake is so pretty.

    incidentally, your red velvet cake and frosting, (the one you sent me 100 years ago), is on my 101 things to do list, no. 27 and no. 28 is the rainbow cake. :)

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  22. it is no wonder the audience lost their minds! wowza.

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  23. My daughter and I followed the link to this cake from your List, then sat there and watched the video over and over. This is the coolest cake of all time! I bet it tastes great too! My Rachel and your Ava have A LOT in common. : )

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  24. that is incredible! what a blessed little girl! i love that you felt like oprah.

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  25. yeah that cake is pretty epic! I definitely would've wanted to be there to see all the reactions. I would be cheering along with them, I guarantee you.

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  26. holy moly that is AMAZING!!! pretty sure you're like the best mom EVER!

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  27. Stunning!!! I SO want one of my own! Incidentally, where'd you find your food coloring?

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  28. You are such a cool mom! Man, you give some incredible parties!

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  29. It turned out fantastic! What a beautiful cake!!

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  30. It's the rainbow caaaaaaaaake!!! {cue the spazzing}

    Seriously, I love this cake to bits. What an awesome mom u are ^_^

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  31. I want to make one of these so much! Do you think teen boys would appreciate? Ah, who cares! I'll do it for me!!

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  32. EEEE!!!! That is AMAZING! I so want to try to make one now. Congrats on scratching another number off the list!

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  33. that does it! i've always admired you but this is just over the top.

    i have deep cake envy.

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  34. Wow, this cake is just unbelievable.
    It so, so pretty!
    I cant believe someone would make it at home!! So awesome. I just wish some one would make it for my birthday :-) :-)

    BTW - Love your blog. Especially the lists.

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  35. So cool! I'm totally doing that next year for my youngest:)

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  36. Wow, now I want to make this cake just so I can take photos of it!

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  37. Oooh oooh! Beautiful icing writing!

    And a surprise rainbow!

    I hope this tasted as delicious as it looks.

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  38. I just about snorted coffee out of my nose when I read this. To be Oprah-like for even a few moments is a sign of a life well lived! Kudos for pulling it off.

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  39. wow, that is the most amazing cake I have ever seen, well done you are an amazing mum.

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  40. Oh what fun! They must have been so delighted!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  41. The best cake I have ever, ever seen! Awesome job, mom!

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  42. Wow, you are right: this is an epic cake! I can see the Oprah thing happening for sure. If I had gotten a slice of that cake when I was a child my head might have exploded.

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  43. Sweet Andrea: that is a rock star cake from a rock star mama. You always inspire. Always, always.

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  44. oh i've made this before as cupcakes....fun and yummy! beautiful cake girl :)

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  45. Where's the "like" button for this post :)

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  46. Also, next time you make this cake, I think you should consider candles like these in terms of height (though in the one picture it looks like you might have had rainbow ones that were similar - props):

    http://greylikesnesting.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/happy-birthday/

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  47. Yum! I am inspired. I will totally make this cake for my nephews birthday. Well done!

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  48. delightful! I wanted one for my birthday but instead I got yummy red velvet cake!

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  49. can i just say something here? you are the absolute coolest mom ever. seriously. this is amazing. you are making the most wonderful memories for these two little ones.

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  50. how beautiful and fun! now i want to make a cake a surprise a gaggle of girls with it. oprah moment!

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  51. So tasty..I was in a bagel shop this weekend that had rainbow bagels!
    Julie xo
    www.inspiredshares.com

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  52. Giggle! Next time (if there is!) get a picture of the reaction too - I love me a good Oprah moment!

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  53. Andrea, that's incredible! Ava is one lucky girl! Or should I say, young lady :)

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  54. you totally rock my world my dear - totally!

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  55. Wow, great job! It looks amazing. I love that you kept it a secret, haha such a fun surprise!

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  56. I'm so loving this cake - beautiful. I have three girls birthdays in the next month in a half... this may be my inspiration for one.

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  57. The cutting of the cake must have been pretty incredible - what a wonderful creation!

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  58. Great cake! I love the Oprah comment. I also would totally lose my mind.

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  59. Holy crap....that is the MOST EPIC-est cake I've ever seen. You are a genius!!!

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  60. The Oprah analogy is perfect - I can totally see it. :)

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  61. Delightful! Rainbows are probably one of the nicest surprises! I'm trying to think what else could work into a good rainbow surprise, but I got nothing.

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  62. That cake is absolutely gorgeous and epic. I LOVE it. I must make it soon :) Thanks for the pictures!

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  63. Amazing. You are a great mom. Next year you have to have a unicorn fly out of it!

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  64. rainbow cake = big love

    You are a wonder, Momma. You really are.

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  65. dying from the over the top beauty of it. I had a friend who did some rainbow cupcakes for a MayDay brunch this year--just layering the batters direct on top of one another, no frosting between the layers--and they were lovely, but your cake does, indeed, take the cake.

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  66. that bday cake is quite impressive- must have taken a long time. so sweet!

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  67. lush. I just went to a first birthday party with a rainbow cake. So cool. x

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  68. How did you ever get the colors so bright and vivid? I tried to make frosting that was red and some that was blue for one of my granddaughters birthday cupcakes. I never got darker than pink and baby blue. Not the look I was after.

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  69. This may sound silly, but this post made me cry. What a sweet celebration for your girl and what a fun suprise for her friends. It's the stuff birthdays are made of.
    As always, love it!

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  70. I actually can't think of anything witty to say...the powers of the rainbow cake have taken away my ability to think properly...

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  71. I love this, just made rainbow cupcakes! Check 'em out at http://dafoodieadventures.blogspot.com/

    Great Blog!

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  72. awesome job Andrea! i would've just loved that for myself! Happy Birthday to Ava too! Wow. I think I remember when she was 5. Yikes!

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  73. i would have so been screeching with joy at a surprise like that! or have to pick my jaw up off the floor...

    amazing.

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  74. Wow. That is one AMAZING cake!!!

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  75. Wow, that cake looks awesome! =) I'm sure the kids loved it!

    Miki.

    http://mikisscrapbook.blogspot.com

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  76. This post is something really special...I can just imagine their total and perfect and uninhibited delight when they saw the inside of the cake. You must have seemed magical at that moment. Maybe I should not use the word "seemed". ;)
    Love it.

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  77. Hi Andrea — I remember this post from when you first posted it. I''m planning my 7-year-old daughter's "Super Epic Rainbow Skate Party" in May (TOTALLY inspired by you, natch) and will be making this cake as well. Thanks for the inspiration! Will post pics when the magic happens.

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