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Rainbow Birthday Cake Recipe

Photo source: Grandmother's Kitchen

Got a special birthday coming up? Here is a bright, colorful fun cake for that special little someone! Hidden under the rainbow of colored candy you will bite into a moist two layer chocolate cake.

Ingredients

Cake
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/2 cup hot water
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, plus 2 large egg yolks
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter,at room temperature

Orange Butter Cream Frosting
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange concentrate (from frozen juice)
2-4 drops of orange food coloring (optional, you can go white)
4 Tablespoons milk or heavy cream
(Makes 3 cups)

Garnish
egg candy with soft malt centers
star confectioners cake candy

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line with parchment paper, two 9-inch round cake pans and grease the parchment paper with butter. Lightly dust the pans with flour.

Combine the chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, and hot water in medium sized heatproof bowl.

Set the bowl over a saucepan filled with 1 inch of simmering water.

Stir the mixture with rubber spatula until chocolate has melted.

Add 1/2 cup sugar to the chocolate and stir for about 2 minutes until glossy.

Remove bowl from heat and set aside to cool.

In a medium size bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a small bowl, combine buttermilk and vanilla.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs and yolks on medium-low speed about 10 seconds until combine.

Add remaining 1 1/4 cups of sugar, and increase speed to high. Beat 2 to 3 minutes, until fluffy and lightened in color.

Add in the cooled chocolate mixture and mix about one minute on medium speed until thoroughly incorporated. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula as needed.

Add the butter 1 tablespoon at a time.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, mix in.

Add half of the buttermilk mixture mixing until incorporated.

Add half of remaining flour mixture, mix in.

Add all of remaining buttermilk mixture, mix in.

Scrape down sides of bowl and add remaining flour mixture.

Mix at low to medium speed until batter is thoroughly combined.

Use a spatula to scrape bottom and sides of bowl mix in.

Divide batter evenly between prepared cake pans; smooth batter to edges of pan with spatula.

Bake cakes in preheated oven 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs attached.

Remove and place can pans onto cooling rack for 10 minutes then invert the cakes onto the racks.

Cool the cakes completely before frosting.

Orange Butter Cream Frosting

Cream butter for a few minutes on medium speed, or vigorously with a fork.

Sift 3 cups confectioners' into the butter bowl.

Mix on low until creamy.

Add vanilla extract,orange concentrate, salt, food coloring and milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes. If using an electric mixer, increase speed to medium.

Notes: To thicken the consistency, add a little more confectioners' sugar.

To thin the consistency, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Divide the frosting, so you have about 1/2 cup for center, and the remainder of the frosting for the tops and sides.

Assembly

Place one layer of cake onto a cake plate.

Spread a layer of orange frosting.

Place the second layer of cake onto the frosted layer.

Frost the top and side of the cake and make smooth with a spatula.

Garnish you cake with colorful malt filled eggs and confectioners stars.

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