Sunday, June 26, 2011

Hello, Rainbow Cake! Thank you, Pyrex Mixing Bowl!

When my daughter's first birthday rolled around this year, I just knew her cake had to be special.  And homemade.  I know, I'm weird like that.  And, since she is truly the sunshine of our days, I wanted to make her a rainbow cake.  Armed with a step by step tutorial which called for the use of two round cake pans, I decided a plain flat cake just wouldn't do.  A rainbow cake needed to look like a rainbow, not just a layer cake with rainbow colors.

So an experiment was in order.  I called my mom.  Here's the convo:
Me:  Mom.  I need to make a cake in the shape of a rainbow.  What should I do?
Mom:  I don't know honey.
Me:  You know the old pyrex mixing bowl set you gave me?  You know, the set Dad got me from the thrift store?
Mom:  Yes.
Me: Can I actually bake a cake in a pyrex bowl in the oven?  Or will it explode into a million pieces?
Mom:   I don't think it will explode.  I think you can.  I think people have been doing it for years.  Why don't you try it?

Feeling frisky (and a bit wary) I took my vintage pyrex mixing bowl and filled it full of a boxed cake mix separated into 6 food colored parts, layered on top of each other one at a time.  Does that count as homemade?  Hmmm...maybe not.

With great fear and trepidation, I put that mixing bowl into the oven.  Please Mr. Vintage Pyrex.  Make me a rainbow cake without exploding.  It's for the baby.  You can do it.  I know you can.

Sure enough, Mr. Vintage Pyrex did not disappoint.  It made a perfect rainbow cake, to top off a perfect first birthday.  Hello, rainbow birthday cake!  Thank you, Pyrex mixing bowl!  (And thank you Mrs. Milkglass for the pretty plate presentation!)

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  1. Oh! I am going to be making this EVERY St. Patrick's Day! And tomorrow because I have a little boy who is my pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I should tell him more often - and I will - with CAKE.

  2. love that cake!!now i wanna make one just cause i

  3. That's really cool! I knew you could bake in Pyrex bowls, but I am really in awe over the fact that you did all those layers and they stayed seperate from each other. I'm going to have to try that cake- most definitely!

  4. Fantastic cake! Everything tastes better in pyrex.

  5. Amazing how you made all the colored layers!!

  6. Would baking it in a pyrex clear mixing bowl work too?