Colouring For Every Occasion With Colour Splash!
Brighten up your baking with a vibrant rainbow cake and a little bit of help from our friends at Culpitt! Rainbow cakes are a popular trend in the baking world and are surprisingly easy to create with Culpitt's Colour Splash range of concentrated food colour gels. Check out cake artist Fiso Marihoho's recipe for creating the perfect rainbow cake, as seen in the August 2019 issue of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft ...
"The key to a successful rainbow cake is making sure the layers of sponge are bright and full of colour!"
YOU WILL NEED
EDIBLES FOR THE SPONGES:
350g butter (room temperature)
350g caster sugar
6 large eggs
350g self raising fl our, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Colour Splash food colouring gels: red, orange, sunflower, leaf green, peacock and violet
"These gels are super concentrated and bring out the most amazingly vivid colours!"
EDIBLES FOR THE BUTTERCREAM:
250g butter (room temperature)
500g icing sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
x6 8in baking tins
Cake release spray or grease and flour
Large bowl for mixing
Large metal spoon
x6 smaller bowls for colouring
Wire rack for cooling
Off set spatula
1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas 4.
2 Grease and flour your baking tins (or spray with cake release spray).
3 Cream the butter and caster sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
4 Beat in the eggs a little at a time and stir in the vanilla extract.
5 Fold in the sifted flour using a large metal spoon.
6 Divide your cake mix evenly into 6 bowls. Add a small amount of Colour Splash food colouring gel to your mix, using a different colour for each bowl.
7 Pour each mix into a tin and level with the back of a spoon.
8 Bake for 10-15 minutes. Once baked, the cake should spring back to touch and start to pull away from sides. If baking in batches, refrigerate the rest of the mix until it’s ready to go into the oven.
9 Once all your layers are cooked, let them cool in the tins for about 10 minutes before turning out on a wire rack to cool completely.
10 To make the buttercream, beat together butter, icing sugar, milk and vanilla extract until light and fluffy.
11 To assemble, place the violet cake on a serving plate and spread with a thin layer of buttercream using an offset spatula. Top with the blue cake then the green, yellow, orange and red, spreading a thin layer of buttercream between each one.
"Lots of control on colour release with the precision nibs."
One Tube - Many Shades!
These great gels allow you to achieve a super-wide range of shades and it’s so easy to do… just take your time and remember to add small drops of colour, you can always add more but it’s really hard to take it away! To make this ombre selection of cupcakes simply make your buttercream in one bowl. Add a small amount of your chosen colour and mix well until the buttercream is evenly coloured. Add a small amount to a piping bag and put to one side. Add more of your colour to the buttercream and repeat as above. Keep doing this until you have created the right amount of shades for your creation. When you’re done just pipe onto your cupcakes and display your beautiful ombre goodies for all to admire!
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