I have been seeing lots of fun bright layered cakes as I blog surf and have been wanting to make one for awhile. We were going to be spending time with some family for the holiday weekend so I took the opportunity to play around with making one!
Since I was mainly trying to figure out the logistics of having even layers and getting the colors to be just right for the gradated look- I used a cake mix. I will walk through the steps of making one for yourself. I started with two boxes of Classic White Cake mix-I like to sift my store bought cake mixes when I use them this helps them not be so lumpy and I think makes them taste better. After mixing up the cake mix according to the package directions I put 1 cup of batter in 5 separate bowls (you will have some extra batter which I used for cupcakes). Once you have your batter in the bowl take the food coloring you want to use and get to tinting your icing. I prefer to use the Wilton gel icing colors. You will want to put the tiniest bit in the first bowl of batter and mix it then with each bowl add just a touch more color than the bowl before and stir. The color gel goes a long way and you can always add more if it needs to be darker but you can not lighten it so be careful. After you have all your bowls of batter the colors you want it is time to bake them. I used 2- 8 inch round cake pans and baked my cake in batches. I baked them at 350 for 10 minutes and then cooled for 10 minutes them moved them to my cooling rack and then would bake the next colors. After all my layers were baked and cooled I stacked them with wax paper in between and put them in the freezer overnight so they would be easier to stack and ice. I just used my favorite go to buttercream frosting – Fluffy Vanilla frosting.