Lucy planned our her rainbow-hello-kitty birthday cake for months before the big day. I don’t know that this was exactly what she had in mind, but she was pleased as punch about it, especially when we cut it open and she saw this rainbow surprise:
This is what you do:
Mix up a white cake mix.
Separate the batter into bowls and add a couple drops of high potency food coloring. See those little bottles on the left below? You can get them at Michael’s or a cake decorating store.
Drop the batter by spoonfuls into a greased 9x13 baking pan.
Smooth it out so it will bake evenly.
Bake according to package directions. Then cut the cake into a hello kitty shape. (I just looked up Hello Kitty on the internet and drew it free-hand as big as I could on a piece of paper and then outlined it on the cake.)
I’ve always had troubles with crumbs getting in the frosting when I try to frost a cut cake, but I looked up this whiz-bang idea on the internet: frost a really thin layer first (no worries if there are crumbs in it). Refrigerate the cake for a 1/2 hour or so. Then frost it for reals. No crumbs.
Decorate with jellybeans and black licorice. We frosted a bow cut from cardboard and lined it with rainbow skittles so she could see a rainbow on top.
Then we cut into that sucker and ate it up.
Easy-peasy rainbow surprise.