I made this cake for my little guy's preschool graduation picnic. I wanted to make something really special for the kids and parents so I immediately thought of the gorgeous rainbow layer cake I had been seeing around the Internet. The preschool's logo is a rainbow and a smiling sun so I thought it would be perfect. I was so happy with everyone's reaction, the kids were smiling ear to ear, and I got so many lovely compliments from parents. Not that I do this baking thing for the kudos, but to get validation that I'm actually kind of good at my passion is really nice to hear.
I love my son's preschool. It's a co-op, and while I felt hesitant about it at first, I now am quite literally smitten with the teacher, children, and parents. I feel like I'm a part of a caring community, and I can honestly say that if I was ever in need of anything I could comfortably call any of the families and count of them for help, as I hope they feel they could count on me.
Luckily with my boy in Pre-K next year, I get to enjoy most of the families for one more year. But we had to say goodbye to a few wonderful friends whom I hope to continue to see even if our kids are in different schools, or years. Much love to all the CVPP families and the most kick ass teacher ever, you are all special, wonderful people and knowing you has made our lives better. :)
Okay, back to the cake. I used the Whisk Kid recipe, via Sweetapolita. A couple of things. Do not, under any circumstances, try and make the lemony Swiss meringue filling with a 5 quart mixer. I thought I might be in trouble when I was beating the meringue portion, but once I started adding the butter it was clear there was going to be trouble. I ended up with about half the buttercream that I should have, but it was enough to fill one of the cakes. I would just use the "to frost" recipe which is smaller, and do it twice. Also, there are a lot of layers to bake, so if you can borrow a few extra 9 inch rounds than do. This eliminates some of the waiting around for pans to cool.
This cake not only looked awesome, but was delicious as well. It was time consuming but if you're into this sort of thing and have the occasion to make a rainbow cake, do it! You'll be glad you did. :)