Pride Rainbow Cake

June is Pride Month in the United States. According to the History Channel, Harvey Milk, one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials, commissioned artist Gilbert Baker to create the first rainbow flag for San Francisco’s Gay Freedom Day Parade. Now rainbow commonly represent LGBTQ rights. I found this rainbow cake recipe on the divascook web site.

You Will Need:

2 ½ cups white granulated sugar
1 cup butter softened
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Food coloring: red, yellow, blue, green

FROSTING
12 oz cream cheese softened
1 ½ cups butter softened (do not melt)
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

What to Do:

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Generously grease and flour five 9-inch cake pans.

3. In a large bowl cream together sugar and butter.

4. Mix in eggs until thoroughly incorporated.

5. Mix in vanilla extract, buttermilk and heavy cream.

6. Mix in half of the flour, baking powder, and salt.

7. When mixture is combined, mix in the rest of the flour.

8. Divide the batter into 5 bowls (about 1.5 cups of batter per bowl)

9. Add food coloring to each bowl to create a vibrant red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

10. Pour each colored batter into the prepared pans and spread out into an even layer. The layers will be thin.

11. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until center is set. Do not overbake. Keep a close eye on them as some ovens run hotter and these are thin layers.

12. Remove from oven and let cakes cool in the pan until pans are warm enough to touch.

13. Run a spatula around the edges of the pans to loosen the cake and then very carefully remove the cakes from the pans.

14. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely.

15. Meanwhile make the cream cheese frosting by creaming together cream cheese and butter.

16. Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.

17. Place the blue layer down first and frost. Followed by the green layer, yellow layer, orange layer and finally the red layer. Frost between each layer.

18. Place a thin coat of the icing on the cake to create a crumb coat. This will make the cake even all around and seal any loose crumbs.

19. Once the crumb coat is set, finish frosting the cake.

* (To create more defined layers of frosting between the colors, place the frosted cake in the fridge to allow the cream cheese frosting to firm up before slicing)

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