Tie Dye Birthday Cake


Ellen's Birthday cake 2009

I got the idea for this cake from a cookbook. The directions said to use a cake mix, then make the frosting from scratch, and decorate with icing gel. I did it backwards, making the cake from scratch and buying the icing. Here's the recipe for the cake.

White Cake

4 egg whites
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/8 ts. salt
1/2 c. shortening or butter, softened (I used butter flavor Crisco)
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (I used the expensive kind from Williams-Sonoma)
1 1/3 c. buttermilk or sour milk

Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Grease and flour 2 9" cake pans or 13x9 pan. (Really coat both pans - I didn't, and my cakes stuck to the pan a little bit.) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350.

In large mixing bowl, beat shortening at high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; mix well. Add egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add dry ingredients with buttermilk. Beat just until well combined. Spread batter into prepared pans.

(To get the tie dye effect, add a few drops of one or more colors of liquid food coloring. Use a toothpick to swirl the colors.)

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes, longer for 13x9 pan, or toothpick test comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove cake and let cool thoroughly.

Set one layer on bottom and spread with frosting. Top with second layer and frost.

To get the look on the picture, make concentric circles with several colors of gel frosting. Then make patterns using a toothpick. My cake was not as cool as the picture, since most of the colors were so dark that they looked black. But it was still pretty cool, and it tasted really good.

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