Rainbow Cake for St. Patrick’s Day

Rainbow Cake

I’ve had a hell of a time trying to get this post together, since I made this cake yesterday while the girls were in school so it would be a surprise for today. But today I’m editing pictures and every time I pull the program up, one of them has something urgent to tell me or needs to walk by and see what I’m doing. It’s maddening.

Anyway, I made this as a St. Patrick’s Day surprise for the girls. We actually don’t do much for St. Patrick’s Day but I really wanted to play with food coloring, so yesterday I got to baking.

Rainbow Cake

I was originally going to do Martha Stewart’s rainbow layer cake, but I lazied out at the last minute since I’ve only got two cake pans and I’d have to wash them between bakings. I just didn’t wanna.

So I went with the much easier tie-dye affect. I made a basic white cake batter from my Better Homes & Gardens cookbook, and separated it out into six bowls, and each bowl got its own color.

Rainbow Cake

I wanted the colors to go in rainbow order once the cake was assembled, so I worked from the “bottom” up, pouring in all the purple first, then the blue on top of that, and the green on top of that. In the second pan I did yellow first, then the orange and then the red on top.

Rainbow Cake

After they were out of the oven and cooled I decided to just go with white cream cheese frosting.

Rainbow Cake

I thought about coloring it too, but I want the inside to be a surprise.


Chocolate Mint Brownies for St. Patrick’s Day

Chocolate Mint Brownies

I’ve slowly started changing over my modest collection of holiday decor from Valentine’s Day stuff to St. Patrick’s Day stuff. If I thought I had very little to pack away for V-Day, I’ve got even less to bring out for St. Patrick’s Day!

But it’s not a big deal. By the middle of the month I’m tired of it anyway and I’ll have Easter and spring stuff out soon enough, so hey, less work for me! That doesn’t mean I get tired of holiday-appropriate baking, though. It definitely takes me longer to get past that and move on to the next season. Read More


Valentine’s Day Candy Corn Table Decor

Valentine's Day Table Decor

I love the idea of easy DIY holiday decorations for around the house, and I like it even better when the materials you use are holiday appropriate! I wanted to think of something fun to do for Valentine’s Day, so we headed out over the weekend to see what we could find.

Valentine's Day Table Decor

I found these tubs of Valentine’s Day candy corn at Walmart for a few bucks each, as well as the glass container for $4. I got the candle at Michael’s for about $3.

I got two tubs of the corn which filled up the container perfectly. Also luckily for me, this brand of candy corn tastes nothing like the regular Brach’s candy corn that I love so dearly in the fall, so there’s no temptation to snack on the decor.