Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rainbow Cake

We had a great laid back sort of day celebrating Gabe's birthday. Well, great - except for the fact that poor Daddy and Max were feeling quite ill, but we mustered through.

I decided to make a Rainbow Cake for Gabriel. I have been seeing tons of pictures online, and decided to give it a try.

Everyone loved it!

I purchased two white cake mixes at the store and one can of white frosting. I already had some gel food coloring on hand. Once home I made up the cake mixes and divided it evenly amongst six bowls - so that I could add food coloring and make the colors needed for a six layer rainbow cake.

I only have two round cake pans, so baking the layers took a bit longer, but once done I just flipped the layer onto a plate for cooling.

I then started with the bottom layer (purple) and crumb frosted in between each layer with the canned pre made frosting. (This used the whole can) I also alternated the layers by positioning them right side up (starting with purple), then upside down (for blue), then right side up (for green), etc. I did this so the cake wouldn't be completely domed. (make sense??)

I really did not want to run out and purchase more frosting, so I made a cream cheese frosting to frost the outside of the cake. I doubled it, being as this cake stands tall - and I had a bit leftover. I should have put some in between layers over the crumb frosting stuff, just for a more uniformed taste throughout. Oh well ...

The finished product. Some people suggest putting straws down the center of the cake prior to frosting the outside so it doesn't topple over. I didn't do this, and it was just fine. I guess if you were traveling somewhere else with the cake you might want to secure it more.

This was really fun to make, and not very expensive at all. The kids just loved it, and truth be told, Phillip and I did too. You can't help but look at it and think birthday! Plus, it tasted pretty good.

I will definitely make it again.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Gabe!

Tomorrow, March 3rd, is my sweet Gabriel's birthday. He turns eleven years old. Gabriel is a sweet blessing and continually shows a spirit of kindness and love towards those within his family as well as friends.

Gabriel came to trust the Lord as his Saviour in February (just last month) and is desirous to follow in baptism. His heart was burdened after he had heard another man's testimony of recent salvation within our church. He said he thought he had trusted Christ as his Saviour at a young age, but finally realized it was personal. He said he never fully realized Christ died for him, specifically - as well as all mankind. He finally got that right, and feels at peace with that.

The other blessing in that was as Gabe spoke and told us his testimony - his little brother, Ethan was listening intently. He later came to both Phillip and I that night - broken and weeping. He, too accepted Christ as his Saviour that evening.

What a sweet blessing in our home ... and for all eternity.

Happy Birthday Gabriel! Thank you for your tender heart, for always rushing to make mom tea, for greeting all three littles with great joy in the mornings, for being ready to help whenever needed, for your funny sense of humor, for your heart full of burden to pray for others, and on and on the sweetness goes ...

I. Love. You.

Gabriel Alan Browning