Rainbow cake

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Rainbow Cake

6 eggs
350g sugar
400g Sasko Self Raising Flour

150g butter
350ml milk
5ml vanilla essence
food colouring of your choice

Icing

250g butter
500g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
2-4 tbsp milk
100g desiccated coconut/coconut shavings

Method

Preheat oven to 180*C
Grease and line 5 20 cm cake tins or, if you only have 2 or three, prepare those and cut out enough lining to make the others.
Beat eggs and sugar until pale and thick.
Sift flour.

Heat milk and add butter, stir until butter has melted.
Add flour, milk and essence to the egg mix and fold through gently with a metal spoon or spatula until just combined.
Add a few drops of colouring, stir through and pour 1/5 of the mixture into the first cake tin.
Add a few more drops/tsp to darken the colour and pour the second 1/5 of the mixture into the second cake tin.
Repeat, adding a little more colouring each time until you have filled all 5 cake tins.
Bake for 15 minutes, remove and set aside to cool.

To make the icing

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter in bowl for a minute until softened, then add the icing sugar and beat on low until well combined.

Add essence and a little of the cream/milk and beat for a further minute or two on medium until you have a smooth, soft, silky icing. If the icing is too thick add a little more cream/milk and beat through.

Once the cakes have cooled completely

Place the lightest cake on a plate/cake stand, spread with a little of the icing, then place the next lightest cake on top of that and spread with a little more of the icing. Repeat with the remaining cakes in order of colour

Use the remaining icing to ice the exterior of the cake, then gently press on the coconut to finish.

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Tip 1: If you are baking the cakes in batches, make sure you let the cakes cool for 5 minutes before turning out and then allow the cake tin to cool before greasing and lining it again.

Tip 2: Be careful not to over mix the batter when adding more colouring each time, just fold in the colouring without beating it vigorously.

Tip 3: You could make the cake even more over the top but colouring the icing in a different colour to the cake – turquoise would look amazing with pink or red.

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