Thursday, April 2, 2015

Psychedelic Tie Dye Zebra Cake!

A couple of weeks ago my sister Whitney and I watched a video on YouTube about how to make a chocolate and vanilla zebra cake that blew our minds. That's when Whitney got the idea to do the same with different colored vanilla cake mix and we went strait to the shops to get all the ingredients. Now, I must warn you that we cheated a bit because the actual technique of making this cake requires a lot of time and concentration so we didn't make any of the cake or frosting from scratch. To make things easier we went with the boxed Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix and tub of vanilla frosting. 

We happened to have leftovers of the rainbow chip frosting that I made which is basically white chocolate that I melted, dyed and made into tiny multicolored chips (photo of that process below) and stirred into Betty Crocker vanilla frosting. If you have the time and patience, I would strongly recommend this yumminess! 

Anyway, this crazy psychedelic cake was so much fun to make with my sister and even more exciting to cut into and see the SPECTACULAR results! If you decide to give it a try I would love to see your results too. This cake would be great for children's birthdays or even a groovy hippie themed adult party. Actually, I'm sure you'll love it so much for any party. It's pretty special.

Ingredients:

2 boxes of Betty Crocker classic vanilla cake mix
5 different food colorings in vibrant colors 
1 tub Betty Crocker vanilla frosting or any flavor you wish (more if you like a lot of frosting on your cake)

Equipment: 

6 medium glass cups or bowls
2 ice cream scoopers, mine were on the small side but large ones will work too
2x 9 inch round cake pans
Non-stick parchment paper
 
Preheat oven as instructed on cake mix box.
Mix both boxes of cake mix as their instructions say and divide all the batter into the 6 glass cups or bowls. Leave one glass cup of batter uncolored and stir a couple drops of food coloring into each of the other cups making 5 different colors of batter. 
Now, grease the bottom and sides of each cake pan and use a pencil to trace and then cut out a circle of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of each pan. 

Start with the white batter and scoop one ice cream scoop full of batter directly into the center of each pan. It helps to have one person on each cake to speed things along. Now scoop one of the colored batters directly into the middle of the pan. You'll see that the batter naturally spreads out with each scoop. See photos below. Do not shake or tap the pan, just let it naturally spread! Keep repeating with a different color each time until all the batter is gone and evenly distributed between both cake pans. You can make sure they're even by counting the rings on each cake. 

Place the cakes in the oven side by side on the middle rack and bake as instructed on box. Remove cakes once a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. Let cool then slice off the tops to make each cake even for stacking. Sandwich a layer of frosting between the two cakes then spread the remaining frosting evenly over the rest of the cake. Refrigerate till ready to serve and enjoy!


PJJ and Whitney J xx 









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