Wednesday, August 19

Say it with Cake - {Super Epic Rainbow Cake}

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Two cakes in one week.

I might have a bit of a problem. But... I dunno for sure.


Anyway, I made this cake for a good friend.

A friend that started as my worst enemy 12 years back, a friend that dreams of losing shoes and a friend that understands the great significance of screaming "EARTHQUAKE!" She's moving to Ohio at the end of this week, and although I'll miss her, I know she's going to have an awesome time living there.

As soon as she told me she was having a going-away party, I thought of the perfect dessert to tote along. I don't think anything else would have been more suitable than this monstrosity of a cake.


The six individually baked layers match her insanity (in a good way!!!), she loves rainbows, and it's got lemon flavored icing because she likes... well... Lemon.

That wasn't very eloquent, was it?

But the most important aspect of this cake, the thing that makes it so her is the fact that it's frosted in white buttercream. Why? Because the smooth white exterior makes the cake look completely normal, but once you slice into it you realize... OH SNAP! THIS CAKE IS CRAZY!

And then it all makes sense.

PEACE OUT, G! Raise hell in Ohio for me, ok?!?!


Edit March 28, 2010

The following video was mailed to me by the Daly family (thanks again - you guys are awesome!!). It's amazing and I want to share it with you guys!



Super Epic Rainbow Cake
I'm adding a disclaimer here: THERE IS A LOT OF FROSTING/BUTTER IN THIS CAKE. I used a lot because I wanted the cake to be very striking visually. It is intentional. Put in less if you want. Also, I'm not forcing you to eat this entire cake by yourself, so - seriously - quit freaking out about the butter.

Watch me make this cake with Ms. Stewart on The Martha Stewart Show!

Printable Recipe

White Cake (but not really)
I made things difficult on myself and altered a coconut cake recipe for this. I don't know why I didn't just make a white cake from a white cake recipe, but.... I didn't. Here's the source if you're looking to make a coconut cake. It looks divine, but my friends don't like coconut :(
2 sticks (226 g) butter, room temp
2 1/3 c (426 g) sugar
5 egg whites, room temp
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 c (426 g) flour
4 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 1/2 c (355 ml) milk, warmed for 30 sec in microwave to bring to room temp
Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple GEL food coloring. Liquid will not be vibrant enough!

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Oil and line how ever many 9” cake pans you have (I have three and I just reused them).

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Cream the sugar and butter, then add the egg whites (I cracked them all into one bowl) and add them a little at a time. Add the vanilla and mix until fully incorporated. Then, alternating between wet and dry, add the milk and flour mixture in two parts.

Divide the batter amongst 6 bowls (It's about 1 c each, but I did it by weight. Weigh your mixing bowl before you begin adding ingredients and then subtract the weight of the bowl from the final measurement after the batter is completed. Divide that number by six and add that weight of batter to each bowl), and then whisk a fair amount of the appropriate food color into each bowl. Keep in mind that the color of the unbaked batter will be the color of the baked batter. Pour into the pans and bake for 15 minutes each.

When you remove them from the oven, let them rest on the cooling rack, in the pan, for ten minutes. Then flip, cover, and stash them in the fridge to cool quickly.

Lemony Swiss Meringue Buttercream
(Someday I will make a post, besides my pancakes or mint macarons, that doesn’t involve this recipe!)
I made this recipe twice today because I underestimated the amount of buttercream I would need/ I would recommend that you do the same because you would need a HUGE bowl to make this much buttercream at one time! Please click here for a step-by-step guide to making Swiss Meringue Buttercream and troubleshooting tips!

To fill and crumb coat:
9 egg whites
1 ¾ c (350 g) sugar
4 sticks (452 g) butter, room temp
2 tsp lemon extract

To frost:
5 egg whites
1 c (200 g) sugar
2 sticks (226 g) butter, room temp
1 tsp lemon extract

Cook the egg whites and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved (test by rubbing some between your fingers. If it's completely smooth, it's done). Pour into another bowl (a stand mixer is preferable) and whip on high speed until room temp. Then, on a medium-slow speed, add the butter, waiting until each piece is completely incorporated before adding the next. After all the butter has been added, turn the mixer back to high speed and whip until it has come together, about five minutes. Add the extract, beat briefly and then use.

If the buttercream seems soupy after all of the butter is added and does not come together after whipping, refrigerate for 5 to 7 minutes and continue whipping until it becomes fluffy and workable.

Assembly
Stack the layers in your preferred order and fill and frost as you would any other cake.

Once frosted, the cake can be left on the counter without any problems, but feel free to refrigerate it. Just be sure that the cake is at room temperature when serving or the frosting will be hard, not smooth.

487 comments:

  1. I've been itching to make a huge rainbow cake, but I have no one to give it to! Your cake looks fantastic by the way!

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  2. Love it!! How ironic, I made one for my 6 yr old's Bday the other week!

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  3. I love it. A nice twist on the colorful cupcakes I've been seeing lately.

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  4. That is amazing! I'm so glad I found my way to your blog, your creations are stunning. I wish I could make layer cakes as perfect as yours!

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  5. Stunning! Your blog is gorgeous. I'll post a link on my edible craft column (likely on monday, at ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com) and I'm sure I'll be back again and again. Thanks!

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  6. Unbelievable. I think I've figured out my son's 2nd birthday cake!!! :)

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  7. So pretty! I would love it if someone made me a cake like this. =)

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  8. I just Stumbled to your blog... and I think I just found true love!

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  9. OMG
    this is amazing
    I must make this cake, Its so kind of you to share this lovely recipe <333
    it has made my day

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  10. this is amazing and beautiful~!

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  11. I live in the castro area of sf....this cake would be the cats meow out here! Gay, straight, young or old...this cake is the bomb!

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  12. Wow! tht is sooo cool!
    Colours galore aside, i'm sure it taste yummy!

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  13. What a cake. What an effort. But your rainbow cake looks simply amazing.

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  14. Hey! I just read about this in your DA journal. LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog!

    ps - the cake is amazing!!!

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  15. This cake looks amazing! Great job!

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  16. i actually posted this link on my facebook status, not only for the great pics, but because this is my favorite statement ive heard in FOREVER:

    "OH SNAP! THIS CAKE IS CRAZY!"

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  17. That looks awesome. It looks like fun to make.

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  18. This is incredible!! I saw a cake like this at our local farmer's market, but your's is a million times better.

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  19. this is absolutely magical. gorgeous. and I bet, delicious. xx fanny

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  20. i want to eat it all;D
    nice work;)

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  21. How did you make the frosting so smooth? Did you use a turntable? It's perfect!

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  22. Beautiful - the icing sounds heavenly.

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  23. How do you make the color so bright? Do you use a certain food coloring? Share your secrets, please! :D

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  24. Thank you so much everyone!

    To anyone who is planning on making this cake, I would like to warn you that it is not for those who don't like frosting! I ate around it, myself :P

    I did use a turntable to smooth the frosting, and I also used a bench scraper which helps a lot.

    I just used regualer Wilton-brand food coloring gel. You can buy it at Walmart, Meijer, Michael's... It's easy to find :)

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  25. So beautiful...can't wait to attempt it. Cheered my day. Thank you!

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  26. Yep, that is one epic rainbow masterpiece cake! I am in awe. "WE ARE NOT WORTHY! WE ARE NOT WORTHY"

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  27. wow! what a cake! i tried to bake it but undoubtedly failed miserably! hahaha that's ok though because i had fun with a couple friends :) i think the hardest part is slicing into it! that takes some MAD SKILLS! kudos!

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  28. Sadly I don't bake, but I can sure stare at this thing all day! To tell you the truth I am this close to licking the screen I tell ya! I love icing! (I once had a dream where I died and I had asked that my coffin be covered in purple fondant icing!) So I don't mind all that thick butter cream goodness enveloping this multi-colored treat!

    i featured this on my blog, btw :)

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  29. All I can say is wow. And damn your foodie photography is awesome.

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  30. geez woman that cake is freaking awesome! psychedelic baby!

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  31. Thanks so much, everyone!!

    @Chic Cookies: Thanks so much! That would be very, very cool!

    @Bittersweety: I'm glad you had a good time :)

    @Rachael: Thanks for the feature! I really appreciate that!

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  32. wow, that's such an amazing cake!

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  33. AMAZING!!!! I want this for my birthday too.. ahhh inspiration!

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  34. Photographs are VERY nice...and the cake's not to bad either. Nice job.

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  35. I just found your blog and put you amongst my favorites immediately. Your cake is absolutely amazing! Can't wait to follow your blog

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  36. this is so awesome, I just wanna eat it!! but at the same time, I don't wanna ruin the cake

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  37. wowzers. thats about all I can manage. WOWZERS. can't wait to make one :D

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  38. o...m....G. this cake is the SHIZNIT! i want to eat it! i want to parade it all over town. most of all, i want to MAKE one (although i don't think i'd do as good a job as you did on the assembly).

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  39. This cake is unbelievable. I am nowhere near skilled enough at frosting to be able to make one this beautiful, but it is inspiring - I would love to make this for one of my daughters' birthdays next year!!!

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  40. It's beautiful! I made one a couple of weeks ago, but my layers were too tall so I ended up with a skyscraper cake! You'll get a bunch of traffic today...lucky you, you made onto Neatorama! :)

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  41. PRIDE CAKE! i love it!!!

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  42. Gaaah, I just commented on your gorgeous caramel cake - but wait!!! - THIS is the most beautiful, picture-perfect cake I've ever laid eyes on! (and mentally gobbled in a split second)!
    WOW
    xxx

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  43. This is amazing. I can't wait till the next family gathering to try this :)

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  44. Oh, this is a beautiful cake! I'm looking forward to making it!!

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  45. Thank you for all the kind words!

    Also, I'm very happy for all the traffic I've been getting from the various sites that have featured this post, but I would appreciate it if people would refrain from posting derogatory comments such as "gay" and "that's so gay."

    You're immature. Grow up. It's just a cake and it can be perceived in any way, but if you're going to be like that, get lost.

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  46. Love this cake! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it on my blog. You can check out the post at http://penguinandfish.blogspot.com/ (it will go live at 12:07am central time)

    best! alyssa

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  47. This cake is seriously impressive! Love IT!


    www.a-smart-cookie.com

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  48. it's .... like an ipod cake! as in, it is all white and pristine or comes in many bright primary colors.

    any pics of it looking all "la la la don't mind me i'm a normal cake"?

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  49. This is amazing!! How does it taste finally?

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  50. Haha !! I love the way it looks like. And it really seems tasty. *-*

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  51. She's not gay, is she ? Not that there's anything wrong with that. It would just make the cake even more awesome.

    P.S.: there's nothing wrong with *the word* "gay". The problem arises in the way it's being used.

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  52. This is totally fun. My easier take on this cake is to bake a white cake and use tinted frosting between the layers. If you desire a white exterior, pipe white icing around the edge of each layer before topping it with tinted icing. After the cake is assembled, apply a crumb coat of white icing and put it in the refrigerator for an hour. After an hour, frost with white.

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  53. I'm going to try and make this for my twin daughters' first birthday in January. Gotta start practicing!

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  54. Beautiful, just so stunning! Have you seen mirror cakes? I think you could do a version topped with a vivid mirror too, although that would spoil the surprise of cutting into it. You have a lucky friend.

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  55. This idea would be great for a St. Patrick's day party. Do just 3 layers - green, white, and orange.

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  56. i would like to live in a house made of this cake

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  57. This is amazing! And I bet it tastes wonderful. I'd like to be able to reach right in and take a piece ;D

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  58. Your photography throughout your site is incredible, and this has got to be the most beautiful cake I've ever seen. If you ever figure out how to create a diabetic version, please share the recipe! In fact, I'd pay for it!

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  59. So I tried this tonight, and you know what? It was a massive FAIL.

    Did you photoshop the colours or have you got access to some amazing e-numbers that are illegal in the UK?

    My colours ranged from sludge brown to sludge grey.

    And now I have 6 bits of what look like sofa cushion and 14 unused eggs and 3 unused packs of butter in my fridge.

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  60. I'm glad you guys like the cake so much!
    Nope, I don't have any pictures of the cake looking "normal." I didn't think it was interesting enough on its own, but now I'm thinking it would have been cool to get both shots.... Darn! lol


    @Penguin & Fish: Thanks so much! That's very kind of you!

    @Kull: We do put liposuction goo in our arteries. It's called reverse lipo. You don't have that in your country???

    @Mtranda: No, she's very straight. lol. The pride thing hadn't occurred to me when I posted the cake, but I certainly don't have a problem with the fact that it's being seen in that light :P

    @Jenny: Like the strawberry mirror cake they did for daring bakers awhile back? That would be pretty neat... Hmm...

    @Snowcatcher: I have got to work on that kind of thing... Both my grandma and my father are diabetic :(

    @Helen: Oh! I'm very sorry to hear that!!! The only editing I did on these photos was use the levels tool in Photoshop to reduce shadows. What kind of food coloring did you use? Was the batter very vibrant before you baked it?

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  61. WOW, that's adorable. isn't all that food colouring really unhealthy though? ..oh well! :D

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  62. My daughter sent me your blog and I can't wait to try your rainbow cake! Racel

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  63. I love it! Can't wait to read more in the future!

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  64. Wow. I think I just fell in love with your blog. (: So Sunday my sister and I were fighting about making a cake for our friend who's birthday was Tuesday. My sister makes this amazing frosting, and well, I just wish I was good in the kitchen. So, the next day my dad sends me the link to your cake. I immediately went out and bought cake mix and frosting (I'm not skilled remember.)and I'm going to attempt making your cake. (: Just thought I'd let you know that you have inspired me. --Caitlin

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  65. omg... this looks tops! my hubby sent this to me and i want to make it for my sons 1st bday.. but i will practise first..

    but.. i need to know how many grams is a stick of butter? im from australia and we use the metric system.. so im not sure how much a stick is.. here we buy a block of butter thats 250g..

    can u pls shed some light? thanks...oh.. and where on earth do i get a turntable from..? is that a cooking device? anyother tips that u think helped u make this easier?

    thanks

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  66. AMAZING BLOG!

    I'm adding you to my favorites - http://eatrunread.blogspot.com/

    And to my list of Things That Blow My Mind

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  67. Esta precioso y riquisimo el cake, me parece que hay que invertir mucho tiempo en el, pero lo vale. Esta espectacular. Saludos desde Costa Rica


    Ivonne

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  68. Stunning cake.
    Great blog.

    Now I'll go blowdry my laptop from all the saliva in my keyboard.

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  69. It's not ironic. It's coincidental. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Please quit butchering the language.

    To the blogger:
    WOW! Lovely cake. It looks and sounds absoultely delicious. I'm especially impressed by its incredible structure. Just perfect!

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  70. making right now!! (srsly, i am)

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  71. @Kaitlin

    Sorry I didn't seriously mean that you had tinkered with the colours on Photoshop, I do think you're honest in your pictures!

    I think the problem is just that we don't have access to the right kind of food colouring here in the UK. I don't know if it's a legal thing, but the only food colourings seen to be 'natural' colourings, which, as I found out, are rubbish.

    So to anyone else who's planning to make this - only go ahead if you've got proper colours!

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  72. Great Job on that cake. I am going to make it for my kids next birthday

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  73. @Caitlin: Thank you! I'm so happy to hear that! Buying the cake mix was a good idea - It'll definitely simplify things :) Best of luck!

    @Gordana: Thanks! A stick of unsalted butter is 113 grams. This cake takes TONS of butter ;P A turntable is like a lazy-susan. You can buy them at some craft stores, but I don't think it's necessary to have one. I just used it to spin the cake and smooth the icing. As for other tips... Hmm... I would be sure to chill the layers individually before you stack them. That way they're less likely to split, which would be a big problem! Then, when you're ready to frost, do a very thin layer first, just to seal in the crumbs (it's ok to see through the icing at this point. Just put some on and scrape most of it off), and then put it in the fridge to set for a bit. Then just frost as you would normally :)

    @Helen: Oh, I see. That's a bummer, but you know... It's for the best. I've heard that artificial food coloring can lead to health problems. So.... In one [important] way it's good, but then again... That would be very frustrating! Again, I'm sorry it didn't turn out for you :(

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  74. Aaaah, this is a most beautiful cake. I've been dreaming of it all day! Strong work!

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  75. this is so cool! and like someone else who said it- i am posting this link to facebook because the oh snap quote is hilarious!

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  76. Wooow this looks great!!! I love it!!

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  77. OH. MY. GOD!! I am in love with you!!
    Please don't tell my husband :P

    Seriously though, your cake is amazing! I wish I was lucky enough to taste it! I guess I'll just have to suck it up and try your recipe. I'm not the best baker...(my first cake had a huge air-bubble whole in the bottom)

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  78. I am going to try and do this this weekend for a friend's going away party. I'm going to use a little jello in the layers to help give it a color boost. Also I think I'm just going to use a box mix... cheating i know, it has been years since I've used a box mix but i won't have much time. Hopefully it turns out good, I will let you know! :)

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  79. I am going to try this! This weekend is a long one so I should be able to do it. It looks so amasing!

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  80. Just to clarify... this is an American stick of butter correct? Meaning half a cup. (just checking, I dont want to botch the recipe)

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  81. Amazing! i've gotta try it out (^.^)

    thanks so0o much

    ~ mimi from Kuwait

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  82. wow....man, ur cake makes something from stater bros. look like crap!! my sister wants me to make it for her, but i told her im gonna eat it before she gets to see me.....hahaha! take that lena! jkjk..i ♥ u
    p.s.... "this cake is the bomb" best i ever salwed!! haha

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  83. This is amazing! I love this cake and I love your blog. Now I'm trying to think of excuses to bake!

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  84. I followed a link from yes and yes to here, and wow! So glad I did. That cake looks amazing!

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  85. I noticed that the original coconut cake recipe used cake flour and this modified white cake recipe uses regular AP flour. Is that correct? I can just use AP flour?

    BTW, I don't exactly remember how I came to get the link to this page, but boy am I glad I got it! i *ADORE* this cake. Very beautiful. Hope mine comes out just as nicely, but I'm terrible at frosting cakes, so we'll see...

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  86. WOWEEE! I am in complete awe of this cake!!!

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  87. I just sent my fiancee this recipe, I can't wait for her to make this for me! ;)

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  88. I am impressed. The cake is visually very striking, and it's obvious for all to see that you put a tremendous amount of effort into it.

    ...and yes, I suppose that's a lot of buttercream frosting, but then again, this cake was not made for one person to down at an entire sitting, it was made to be shared by many at a social gathering, at which it was not the sole food available, so I think the nutrition comments are a bit out of line. It's a dessert, after all.

    Good show. Carry on.

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  89. I just attempted to make this cake(without the icing).
    Four hours of hard work, right here! XD

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  90. OMG! That's such an awesome cake. I will definitely try this soon. Thanks so much for putting up the recipe too! All the best :-)

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  91. This is my ideal cake. I have always wanted to see it, and I thought that, outside art, perhaps, I never would. It is stunning. I must have one! :)

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  92. This is THE most amazing cake I have ever seen.
    It's been put on my list of baking projects. :D

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  93. this is visually fantastic! i love how it looks! i'll definitely have to make this. thank you for the amazing idea and recipe!!

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  94. "OH SNAP! THIS CAKE IS CRAZY!" I love it! Haha, thanks for making me laugh, and providing me with quite possibly the best cake recipe ever. <3

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  95. Hi! GOSH. You're such an amazing baker! I'm going to favourite you~ :D hehehe. Thanks for the recipe I'm going to use it one day! :D Omygosh I still CAN'T BELIEVE YOU MADE THIS.! ITS AMAZING! lots of xoxo's -maz

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  96. Oh my goodness you are brilliant! I think I might use this for a party i'm planning!
    Bisous xx

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  97. i´m wordless... it´s brilliant! It´s unbelievable...
    Sorry the mistakes.
    DIVINO!!!

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  98. Wow. Whats great for me about this is that I JUST moved from ohio to canada, and Im fucking crazy, your description of your friend is almost me to a TEE. I am obsessed with rainbows and LOVE lemons.

    I bet you miss your friend who's now replaced me in Ohio, I hope she has fun and meets some sweet people.

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  99. As sad as this is going to sound I've been spending my Saturday night looking at rainbow cakes. A blog I followed just posted one that a friend of her's made for a get together they had. So I have been off to find out how to make one....I definitely am going to try your way. I love frosting and lemon so I'm going to just follow away. I can't wait to try it out. I do wonder how adding a little jello mix to each layer would be, to change the color and add some flavor? Any ideas on that? This cake looks awesome!

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  100. Oh woooow!
    a realy cool and pretty cake
    :)

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  101. So beautiful - is the sugar in the icing recipe icing sugar or regular granulated sugar?

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  102. This is the best cake EVER. I thought when my friend made the "awesome face" (see URL) into a birthday cake for me (using fondant, because I love it) that that was the best cake ever. Then I saw a Domo cake and nearly died with excitement. But THEN, I saw THIS cake, and had to revise my definition of 'awesome', because THIS CAKE FREAKIN' ROCKS!

    Good luck to your friend! But with a crazy cake like this to send her off, I can't imagine her needing luck.

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  103. Sorry for the double post, but I forgot something!

    ... Did you ever know that you're my heeerooo?

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  104. Very impressive! Now I'm craving sugar...

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  105. must have been some divine alignment of cake baking stars to find your fantastic cake. can't wait to give it a try. Sam

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  106. OMgosh, that is amazing, but that's a whole lot of math and math is not my forte, which is why I'm a blogger and not a mathematician...lol. But thanks for sharing, I think I might try that tomorrow for my sisters birthday.

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  107. Well, that is just positively glorious! I found you through Penguin & Fish and was drawn in by the picture of the rainbow cake. I seriously can think of nothing more happy to look at than that slice of cake. As a pastry chef and cake artist, I appreciate your attention to detail and style. I'm looking forward to exploring your blog and checking out your recipes.
    Best regards, Jenn @ rookno17.blogspot.com

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  108. If I had seen this post on the post date, ten days before my birthday, it might have changed my mind about not celebrating my birthday, something I haven't done for 10 years. But for an excuse to make this cake, I may have changed my mind.

    You are an awesome friend. I don't know anyone that would make me a crazy rainbow cake. I wish I did. I'm going to feature this on my blog too I think.

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  109. I don't quite know how I found this page, but ever since I saw this cake I've been head-over-heels obsessed with it and have been determined to make it. So I just made it the other day for my husband's birthday.

    I cheated and used boxed cake mix to save some time. And I have neon food color - so the cakes were VERY vivid! The following night I had a friend come over to help with the buttercream - which is an adventure in itself... despite measuring out the cake batter and trimming the cakes edges & top - this cake turned out to be about a foot and a half tall!!! But the butter cream held it together and we covered it in round rainbow sprinkles - it was EPIC!

    Once we cut the cake - it was sooo beautiful inside! And tasted divine! It took about 7 hours to make - but worth it!

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  110. Woo! I am making the cake now for my sister's 5th birthday. The layers all look lovely laid out on my table and she will be so excited once it is all assembled. I don't think I will be using your frosting recipe as my sis is a little picky and likes her good ol' fashioned buttercream, but hopefully I can recreate it for Valentine's day with your recipe!
    Thank you so much for posting the recipe and great pictures!

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  111. I am in the process of making this amazing cake for my daughters fourth birthday. She is going to be so surprised when we cut it...the rainbow is perfect for her care bear theme. Thank you so much for this awesome cake!!! I love the pics!!!

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  112. Just in case it was not already stated, all you need is red, yellow and blue. You can make ANY color with just these three. My niece is making one for my Birthday!!!!(she is the best, ever!!)

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  113. this cake is rad. radder than cindy lauper even.

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  114. i have this in th eoven right now. i cant WAIT to see my 8 year olds reactio hen she sees it tomorrow. wish my luck on frosting it........ scary...

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  115. Hello there, Great blog!

    would it be possible for you to email me a high resolution (about 2 MB) version of the slice of rainbow wedding cake? I would like to use it for a college project I am doing. My email is noellem24@hotmail.com

    thank you so much in advance,
    Noelle

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  116. YOU ABSOLUTE GENIUS!
    It's fantastic! I tried. I failed.
    Check my attempt?

    http://struthruthh.blogspot.com/2009/10/let-me-eat-cake.html

    x!

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  117. OMG. I wanna make this right NOW. I want this. I want it.

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  118. Ohio isn't so bad, I've lived here for about 30 years now. Your cake looks like a lot of fun.

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  119. its so nice!

    cute!

    just beautiful

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  120. that looks so yummy and colourful. wouldn't mind having some now :D

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  121. Amei de paixão! Lindo, lindo, lindo! apenas lamento que não sei transformar as medidas indicadas para aquelas aplicadas em meu país. Vcoe pode me ajudar?????
    Congratulations! You must be a special woman!
    Regina

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  122. Love this cake! I'll post a link in my blog, if you don't mind...

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  123. Oh, this is amazing!!! Do you think it would work with green and red for christmas? (please respond at Kiyomo on DA o~o)

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  124. thats crassy!!! and beautiful haha

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  125. You could try making the frosting inside the cake layers a bit thinner and only the outside nice and thick so it doesn't lose the pretty smoothness. Just a suggestion since you said you thought it had "too much frosting". :)
    It is a beautiful creation!

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  126. This is beautiful! (:

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  127. That is the most striking, gorgeous, crazy, indulgent cake I have ever seen. What a gift for a great friend.

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  128. your cake is amazing! Definately too much frosting for the german taste buds (I'm an american expat living in germany) but I would gladly make it for anytime we had other expats over for coffee time! Just beautiful....

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  129. wow, this cake looks amazing!

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  130. OMG!!! thank you for making this cake!! it so screams for that special someone and that beauty is in everything. it looks absolutely positively yummilicious!!

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  131. I made this cake for my brothers 21st birthday, i think i made it more for me than him. but it was absolutely perfect and tasted really good. i almost don't want to eat it its sooo prity. thank you very much for the recipe

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  132. wow, I'm totally making this cake for my birthday party!!!!! Thanks for the recipe (I posted the picture on my blog)! I love your blog! The pictures are gorgeous!

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  133. omg this cake looks delicious!lolzzz anyways ill have to email u so i can get this recipe.... my b-day is this week and i want that cake for my birthday cake.

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  134. What a beautiful cake! It looks like a piece of artwork.

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  135. it looks like it would taste like win.

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  136. I'm sure you already know this, but that's not just an epic cake, but the photographs are exquisite. Well done all round.

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  137. This is one cake that definitely stopped me in my tracks (of surfing!) What a great picture !

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  138. This is absolutely amazing. I'm terrified to try it, but I must! Linked on my blog today.

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  139. i love it - it's so gorgeous it would be hard to eat it...but i would, of course! gotta try and make one!

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  140. Wow! I won't try it cause I always mess up my cakes..but just the picture of it is amazing!

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  141. You should definitely open a patisserie!!!!!

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  142. Undoubtedly you're still getting wonderful comments for this AMAZING cake! I just wanted to let you know that I'm using it as an "I'm sorry I can't afford to get you all presents but here's an EPIC CAKE" gift to my boyfriend's family. :) I'll let you know how it goes! Thank you so much for the inspiration. <3

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  143. gosh.. the prettiest cake i've ever seen! lovely!!

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  144. I just made this... can't wait until the birthday girl cuts into its magnificence!! thanks!

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  145. I reached your blog through a Brazilian blog about weddings (http://wp.clicrbs.com.br/noiva/2009/12/17/somewhere-over-the-rainbow/) and now I'm addicted to it! You are a baking genious, an exquisite photographer and a great writer. I'm sure you'll be very successful in no time.
    Cheers!

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  146. Gah o.o this cake is amazing

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  147. Help!! I made this cake - 4 layers - neon colors. I pretty handy in the kitchen - have always made the kids homemade cakes for birthdays - assembled the layers - everything looks great - then went todo the top and edges and the entire cake cracked and fell apart. Like an earthquake! What did I do wrong? It looked soooo great when assembled with the layers --my daughter's b-day is tomorrow! Thanks for any and all advice - you cake is amazing! rjzdana@yahoo.com

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  148. YES I MADE THIS AND IT WORKED!!!

    I was so worried it wouldn't but it did, my icing wasn't great though and I had WAY TOO MUCH, I made one batch of the 9 egg whites and there was sooo much. CRAZY! (any ideas/tips?) Also I didn't have big tins so my cake was kinda very tall, driving to the party was a bit of a mission... but it was all worth it when she cut in to the cake and everyone was pretty much shouting "WOOOWWWW!!" at it. THANKS SO MUCH!!

    heres a pic after the locusts descended! http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f159/scumbagpirat3/22665_275550469934_613729934_438340.jpg

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  149. Awesome cake! I desperately want to make this for my little girls birthday party in a couple of weeks. I think they will all go wild over it. Unfortunately I'm going to have to make a gluten-free version - have you had much experience with gluten-free baking? Also - what did you do with all those left over yolks!!??

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  150. This cake is amazing! I am book marking this page!

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  151. How goregous is this cake?!? I'm speechless!
    Federica from Italy.
    xoxo

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  152. I tried to make the icing, but it just completely failed... its just a thin watery mess!! what went wrong?? It's not white like in the picture either.

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  153. I made this cake but it wasn't as nice as yours.. Also, when i tried to make the icing, it was SO runny! I have no idea what I did wrong..

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  154. A french translation of your divine cake : http://libelul.com/?p=4021

    Thank you for the inspiration but too scared to even try ;)

    Jane

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  155. wow, thanks so much for sharing these amazing images! i just did a rainbow cake post and linked to this..hope that's ok!

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  156. Hi
    Love the cake. Would love to give it a go, but not sure how much a stick of butter is? I'm from australia. Is it 125grams?
    Tkanks

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  157. First time I see a rainbow cake. I Love it!! After icing can I leave out or have to be in the frige

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  158. I made your cake and posted about it! It was really awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos and recipes!
    ~Mandy
    http://bishojomandy.blogspot.com/2010/03/i-made-cake.html

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  159. Oh my- that is one awesome cake.....and may have to be copied for my almost 7 year olds birthday!

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  160. Love love love this! Many thanks for such a gorgeous cake - am planning on making it for a special birthday.

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  161. This is hands down the most beautiful fantastic cake I've ever seen! I could never eait it 6sticks of butter OMG! But, I've made it my desktop picture so I can see it all the time. Great job baking such a fine beauty! http://diabeticsnacker.blogspot.com/

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  162. This cake looks great! I going to attempt it this weekend.

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  163. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! I haven't seen anything this wonderful in a very long time. I know, I don't get out much. My daughter says it looks like a rainbow had a baby.........LOL!

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  164. This cake is fantastic! I just posted it on my blog and linked it back to you. Love your blog.

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  165. perfect !!! love it :)

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  166. Hi Kaitlin,

    the cake looks so good, so yummy and bellyachey- but it'd be worth it. I'd like to try it too, but since I am in Europe I was wondering if you could tell me the measurements in metric (I know I could look it up on the internet), especially for the "sticks of butter". Thanks so much

    Annamaria

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  167. wow. I can't wait to attempt this for my daughters "rainbow theme" 1st birthday. I have done quite a few in the past for family birthdays and also my older daughters (all four years). but this will definitely be a challenge and I will be sure to report back with a photo if I actually do it. I just hope to get those colors that vibrant and those layers exact. I will probably end up using "frosting pride" because I love how it spreads and the flavor. I might use regular Betty Crocker vanilla in between the layers though.

    can't wait to try!
    beautiful job!
    `Lauren

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  168. I gotta be honest... I'm tooootally in love with your blog!! I tried your recipe for P's Peanut Butter and chocolate cake and it was the most delicious cake I've EVER made! Yum!! It wasn't overly sweet, it was nice and moist, and outrageously good! I've never made ganache before and I can't believe how easy it was! My cake was in no way as pretty as yours, but I will attribute it to a late night and crying baby! I actually found your website through a post from Martha Stewart's daughter's radio website. I'm crazy about Martha, and love listening to her daughter's show in the afternoon, and also following the blogs. Here is the blog from the co-hosts side and someone commented on your cake and I followed the link here.
    http://www.whateverradio.com/website/post.php?u=jennifer&id=1217

    Thanks for all the beautiful pictures and delicious recipes! I can't wait to see you on the Martha Show, and I can't wait to make this cake!

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  169. thanks for the inspiring recipe. I tried to make it but this is what I have got http://evilnymph.wordpress.com/2010/04/19/a-recipe-a-guide-a-how-to-use/

    X] at least it was delicious and looks fancy.

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  170. um WOW! I'm watching you make this on Martha right now. So proud so see a fellow Spartan rocking out. ESPECIALLY if it involves cake and frosting :)

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  171. I just saw you on Martha Stewart. Congrats!

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  172. Saw you on Martha today -- I will be making this cake -- awesome!

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  173. I also saw you on Martha today and you, and this cake, are so stinking cute! My little girl freaked out when she saw the cake BEFORE it was sliced into. So I guess we are making rainbow cake this weekend. Thanks for sharing and I LOVE your blog!!

    Jeanne In Cowtown, Texas

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  174. Saw you on Martha! you did so great! I couldn't help but wonder...when you're cooking at home, do you pretend you're on a cooking show & narrate in your head the steps to what you're doing? I used to do that. Actually, I probably still do that...depends on what I'm making... your blog is cool! Now that I've found it, I'll be following it...I might just hafta start my own.

    Dawn in "Moonville", South Carolina

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  175. Congrats on the Martha Stewart spot! I will definately try the cake!

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  176. I saw a blog that made a cake like this before, but when I saw you on Martha... my daughter said we had to make one. So, I guess I'm going to have to make one - maybe will save it for her birthday party. Congrats on your spot on Martha!

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  177. This cake brings out the "kid" in all of us. Who doesn't love looking at a rainbow?!! Actually I think Martha Stewart should offer you a job working in her organization! She must have a spot for such an articulate whiz kid like yourself!!!

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  178. Hi, I am writing from Costa Rica
    I saw you today on Martha Stewart, congrats you were great. I have visited your blog, I enjoyed a lot.
    Best wishes from Costa Rica.

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  179. Beautiful cake and photography...I made this cake for my daughter's 18th birthday back in Sept...we tweaked the colors a bit to make it more "girly"...changed the red to hot pink, the green to lime, and the blue to turquoise. I am so impressed with you blog, great job!
    It's a crummy picture, but you get the idea :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/19484074@N08/3897406094/in/set-72157606281314457/

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  180. What a great cake!! I saw you on Martha Stewart today, and had to look it up. Your blog is now going on my Favorite's List. Thanks! Kim in SC

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  181. Hello,

    I'm french and i have test this rainbow cake !
    I like this different colors and the butter cream contrast really !

    Sorry for my english lol

    And if you have the time to see my cupcake rainbow see you soon in my blog :

    http://do-you-want-some.over-blog.com/article-cupcake-rainbow-concours-alice-in-wonderland-48460391.html

    bye bye

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