In the housewares world, March is the time of year when those of us who live and breathe this business get to attend the International Home and Housewares Show held in Chicago. I will be doing a post coming up to showcase my finds from this year’s show, but I did discover one creative item that I had to highlight for those who love to bake.
Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes, from Charm City Cakes was showing his baking tools and equipment at the show. I was fortunate to be able to bring home one of his colorful mixes – perfect timing as I was having a very special guest for the week to bake with. (http://www.charmcitycakes.com/)
The cake mix, like all mixes, required the addition of a just a few simple ingredients: egg whites, oil and water. The fun part comes once you have mixed everything together.
The next steps are a little time consuming but so worth it in the end. You will need six small bowls to hold about 2 cups of batter each. The box comes with three food coloring packets that you will use to color each ring of the cake. The directions given on the box are very easy to follow on how to create the various colors.
Once you have finished the individual colors, you will need to put the two cake pans on a level surface before pouring each color in. I would suggest you use parchment paper and/or spray the pans, especially the bottom, really well to make sure the cake comes out cleanly.
You will begin by pouring the first color in the center of the pan allowing it to spread out naturally in a circle. Once this step is done, you can then finish pouring each additional color in waiting for the batter to settle before adding the next color.
In pan 2, you will want to do the reverse color pattern that you did in pan 1. This will help the cake turn out like a color block pattern.
Put the cakes in the oven and bake till done. Cool before removing from pan.
Time for the frosting. I would suggest a light frosting as the cake has a nice flavor all its own. Somewhat reminds me of an Angel Food Cake in flavor and lightness. We put a thin layer of frosting between the two layers of cake to showcase the pattern that is created with the different colors.
If you want to surprise someone, this is the perfect cake to do it with. From the outside, it looks like an ordinary white cake. Until you make that first slice and the colors pop out! Such a great reaction from anyone who has seen it! I’d suggest making this cake for birthdays, wedding or bridal showers, anniversaries, Easter, and so many other times you want a memorable and festive dessert. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. (Charm City Cakes Duff Goldman Spring Fling Premium Cake Mix, 18.25 Oz)