"If you give off signals that you don't want to belong, people will make sure that you don't." ~Pretty in Pink
(this was not my most fave John Hughes movie, 16 Candles was (long live Jake Ryan). in fact, i thought the pink polka dot shoulder-less dress molly ringwald designed was truly ugly.)
i sometimes go thru phases of not wanting this blog. it's hard work. so i disappear for a few weeks, until my journalism deadline oriented quark nags me and i bust out a post. i get tired of the Game ~ coming up with the most original material, taking pictures and then gawd help me, social media-ing it. i pretty much fail in that regard. that is, unless during the chore of said social media-ing, i come across a cake like this and damn being original, damn being better, i just want to make it. never mind that i'm not so big on plain white vanilla cake, or that food coloring freaks me out, that PINK is so NOT ME. because, sometimes it's not about me. it's about others. you know, readers. people who actually have to consume what i make. people, who for whatever reason, come to this space to look at my pictures, read my words. like i said, it's hard work, no one else is going to do it like i do.
"This is a really volcanic ensemble you're wearing, it's really marvelous!" ~Pretty in Pink
Pink Swirl Ombre Cake ~ Lactose Free
8" pans ~ 4 layers
Cake: Perfect Vanilla ~ i quadrupled the recipe, 1 layer per recipe, baked at 27 minutes at 350F. i also used Organic Valley Lactose Free Milk
Icing: american buttercream frosting ~ i tripled the recipe, using soy margarine. crumb coat the cake with a thin layer of icing.
Swirls: #31 Wilton tip.
Colors: Rose & Rosa gel colors
i piped with the lightest shade first, then incrementally added a drop or two more for the subsequent darker layers. i didn't want four bowls of icing to play with and eventually wash. the layers were various shades of pink, too, but no photos available. the birthday girl loved it, it was perfect just for her.