Friday, September 30, 2011

Birthday Cake in a Jar

Two of my favorite co-workers share their birthdays, and I wanted to make them this insanely cute cake in a jar. Much to my dismay, the coloring didn't quite turn out like I'd planned. The flavor was fantastic, and the centers of the cake were wonderfully colorful, but the outsides weren't too cute. See?

Delicious? Yes. Cute enough to gift to two friends? Absolutely not.

I tried again, going to painstaking lengths to ensure beautiful and even layering... and yielded similar results. So I gave up, make a double batch of vanilla cupcake batter from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, added some sprinkles and dyed buttercream frosting, and called it a day. The cake turned out decent enough to give them away, but I'm hellbent on getting that rainbow cake right... Any suggestions, fellow bakers?

I had enough leftover to pack a tiny one for my lunch, too!

Now it's time to get ready for the weekend, hooray! I'm going to Gettysburg to visit a friend from high school. On the way to work this morning, it occurred to me that Julie and I have been friends for about 10 years now, which just seems crazy to me. I'm looking forward to seeing her, and we've got plans for pumpkin penne and an apple festival!

What are your plans for the weekend? Headed out anywhere? Hanging around the house? Whatever you do, I hope your weekend is fun and safe!


  1. cute idea! looks like maybe too much food coloring IMO, but I'm not a professional. or maybe try using natural things that dye like beet juice or carrot juice to get a more subtle effect.

  2. I was wondering if the dye may have something to do with it... I love those vibrant colors, though! I think I will attempt it with less dye. Do things like beet juice and carrot juice significantly alter the cake flavor? Thanks for the suggestions!