Thursday, September 5, 2019

Taste The Rainbow...In a Cake

You never knew how much fun sprinkles could be!  Author Jackie Alpers, who wrote Sprinkles, told Tonia about a cake completely covered with sprinkles.  It's called the Rainbow Layer Cake.  Inside, rainbow food dyes are used to create multiple colors, 6 of them in the cake on the cover shown above, then on the outside, lots and lots of sprinkles.  Jackie says its a party cake, and the results are tasty and amazing!

6 egg whites (about 2/3 cup), at room temperature
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons applesauce
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 whole eggs
2 1/4 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch salt
6 different hues of food coloring
2 cups Buttercream Frosting*
2 cups rainbow sprinkles, nonpareils, and/or pearl dragees
*Jams, jellies, and other fillings also work well.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line six 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until foamy, about 2 minutes. Increase mixer speed to high and continue beating until soft peaks form, about 3 minutes. Gradually add 1/2 cup of the sugar, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes more.
In another large mixing bowl, cream butter and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy and increased in volume, about 5 minutes. Add applesauce, vanilla, and eggs and mix on medium speed for 1 minute more.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix on medium speed for 1 minute. Pour in 3/4 cup water and mix to combine. Fold in egg whites with a large spatula.
Divide batter evenly among 6 small bowls. Starting with the lightest color, tint batter with food coloring, whisking in a few drops at a time until the desired intensity is reached. Pour each of the colored batters into a different parchment-lined cake pan (each should be half full) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Stack layers according to the colors of the rainbow, spreading a thin layer buttercream between each. Using an offset spatula, frost the whole cake with a thin layer of buttercream.
Place cake on a freezer-safe plate. Freeze for 15 minutes, or until buttercream is firm. Remove from freezer and cover cake in sprinkles.