Sunday, 24 July 2011

An attempt at a Rainbow Layer Cake

Following on from last week's practise session of a layered coffee cake when I saw food colouring on offer in ASDA I knew I had to give it a go!  I've never used food colouring actually in cakes before, but I have used it to colour icing.

I used my box standard cake recipe and doubled the contents, so:

200g Self Raising flour
200g Caster sugar
4 eggs
200g butter

Then used the usual method, creaming the butter and sugar, then sifting in the flour with each of the eggs.

I then divided the mixture (fairly) equally between five bowls.

 I then added some food colouring to each of the bowls, and attempted to mix the red and the blue to get purple.  I ended up with an off mauve.  I transferred the coloured mixture into lined cake tins and cooked them in the oven for 18 minutes.

I wasn't very impressed with the results though - they came out in differing shades of brown!

I sandwiched them together anyway, using buttercream icing and strawberry jam.

You can see some variations on colour when the cake was sliced through - but it wasn't the effect I was going for!

 I'm told I need some food colouring paste, and that will do the trick with it, but unfortunately I won't be able to get my hands on any until Saturday morning, and I need to make my cake on Friday night.  I have a wild idea I might do the layers of icing in different colours rather than the actual cake itself, maybe doing a chocolate cake?

Have you used food colouring in baking before?