I love rainbows; their vibrant colors taught me the colour wheel. I photographed these last summer~
My mom always had crystals hanging in her kitchen window and I do too so I can catch rainbows on my walls. That's what inspired me today.
RAINBOW BUNDT CAKE
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest and juice of one Lime
2 3/4 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
Gel food colors (you will need Red, Yellow & Blue)
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 to 4 T very hot water
1 T Light Karo Syrup
Sparkling Sugar in Red, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Purple, Green
Preheat oven to 325F-degrees. Spray a bundt pan with a baking spray; I used a new "Blossom" bundt pan.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the lime zest, juice and vanilla and mix again. Don't worry if the batter looks a little "curdled."
Whisk together the dry ingredients and add them alternatively with the milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients. Beat 1 minute more.
Use a large scoop to place 3 scoops of the plain batter in the bundt pan.
In a separate small bowl, add 1 scoop of batter and tint with red gel. Use a small rubber spatula and scrape the red batter in between. Add more batter to the same bowl and tint with yellow and a little red to make orange. Scrape that into the pan.
Clean the bowl and add a scoop of batter, tint yellow and add to the pan. Then, use a knife and "marble" the colors.
Add 3 scoops of plain batter on top, then, start the process by mixing blue gel into 1 scoop of batter. Add a scoop of plain to the bowl you mixed the blue in; add yellow and a 1 or 2 drops of blue to make green. Clean bowl. Add a scoop of plain batter, mix 2 blue and 1 red to make purple. Use the knife to marble.
Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes until golden brown and a wooden skewer comes out cleanly.
Let rest in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert on a serving platter. Cool completely.
I tucked some wax paper under the cake so the platter would stay nice. After mixing the glaze, I place it in a squeeze bottle so I could decorate the "petals". Glaze, then sprinkle with sparkling sugars in the color of the rainbow.
When I skyped with my grandson this afternoon, I showed him the cake and he said, "Mimi, save me some!" Well, it looks like we have another rainbow hunter in the family:-D
Then I made my Savory Soda Bread today with a little change. I found this unusual cheese at Costco--it's a mixture of three cheddars--Whiskey flavored, Beer flavored, and Cheddar. The colors of the Irish flag.
Substituting this for the regular cheddar made for a very colorful bread to go with our soup.
I also made~
3 bunches of curly Kale, washed and remove water in a salad spinner
Use a paring knife to remove the hard stem then, dry in a towel. Place the kale in a large bowl.
Sprinkle with 2 T olive oil and toss with your hands.
Mix 3 T Vermont Cheddar Cheese Powder with 2 T Parmesan Cheese. Add 1/4 tsp. garlic powder. Sprinkle over the kale and toss once again with your hands.
Place kale on two parchment paper-lined baking sheets and place in a preheated 225F-degree oven. The chips will bake about 45 minutes, but check on them every 15 minutes, using tongs to stir.
They were particularly yummy in our soup~Potato/Leek/Corn Chowder.
I'm completely exhausted and still have a ton of work to do. I hope you all had a wonderful day, full of good food, family, and friends. Enjoy!