Elisabeth’s Rainbow Cupcakes Cake

Okay, so if you’re a regular reader, it should be clear that I’m a little inconsistent when it comes to food.  One minute I’m all-natural, whole, healthy ingredients, and the next minute I’ve got a picture of artifically-sweetened, artifically-colored, sugared up junk food slapped up here on the blog.

But you all have been very sweet in pretending not to notice.  :)   No explanation for now; I just wanted to say that the irony is not lost on me either.

So, jumping right in . . . I wanted to show you this trick I did with cupcakes for the first time ever.  I’ve seen cupcakes cakes in stores and online and had an opportunity to make one earlier this month for Elisabeth’s birthday.

She wanted a rainbow cake, and I wanted to make her a BIG rainbow.  I don’t have a large enough pan, though, so I thought if I put some cupcakes together I could get the look we wanted.

First, I’ve got to say that one of my pet peeves is rainbows with the wrong colors or the colors in the wrong order.  Science degree, ROY G BIV, and all that, you know?  Normally, it would bother me, but when your sweet, turning-4-years-old daughter wants pink and purple sprinkles at the top, you can lay aside your visible spectrum convictions, save the physics lesson for another day, and just go with it.  See how laid back and easygoing I am?  heh heh

But back to the technique.  It was fun to do, and this is the tip that made it possible.  The gigantic Wilton #789, with one smooth edge and the other with teeth.  I used a decorator bag along with the tip’s smooth side to frost the cupcakes all together in long ribbons of icing. I applied the sprinkles, made some poofy clouds, and that was it.

What’s nice about this technique is that you can cover a cake that’s any shape, and placing cupcakes together is a whole lot easier than trimming cakes to make your shape if you lack the right pan.  Also, there are no sides to frost, which made things go more quickly.  And finally, serving time is quick and easy too.  Just pull the cupcakes apart and there you go.

The birthday girl was delighted, and cleanup was a cinch.