I know you expect to learn a few things from this Bite-Sized Blonde, but I bet vocabulary isn’t one of them. Well, I have a word for you today. Gradation. No, it’s not SAT prep time, although who knows if I would have ever discovered some of my favorite words without said preparations. Gradation is our word today because it’s an underlying theme what you’re looking at. Gradation is the gradual passing from one shade to another, and in this case, from light pink to dark pink.
I told you I was a girly girl right from the start, so it should come as no surprise to you that my birthday cake was pink. Oh, did I forget to mention that it was my birthday? This Bite-Sized Blonde just got a year older and what better way to indulge then with a great cake. A milestone birthday is meant to be distinguished. While other cakes have been sufficiently delicious in years past, I knew a bigger and better cake was in order this year. No ice cream or cookie cake for this girly girl, only the biggest, pinkest cake ever created. Like Frankenstein, but pink and delicious. This dramatic cake fades from dark pink to light pink, and the gradation doesn’t stop there. I got a pink glitter gradation manicure to top it all off for my perfect pink party. I swear I turned 25 and not 12. I might be Bite-Sized, but my celebration was anything but.
Anything But Bite-Sized Birthday Cake
2 boxes of vanilla cake mix
2 containers of vanilla icing
Red food coloring
This cake is a four layer cake, so with 2 boxes of cake mix, you are going to make 4 separate cakes. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray four 8 inch cake pans with cooking spray and line each with parchment paper. This will make removing the cakes very easy! Open one box of mix. Follow the directions to make the batter. Then, separate the batter into two different bowls. Add 2 drops of red food coloring to one of the bowls of batter and mix to incorporate. Pour the batter into one of the cake pans and pop it into the oven! Then, add 5 drops of red food coloring to the other bowl of batter and mix to incorporate. Once the batter is sufficiently mixed, pour it into a cake pan and pop it into the oven. Then, open the second box of cake mix and follow the directions to make the batter. Separate the batter into two different bowls. Add 8 drops of food coloring to one bowl and mix to incorporate. Pour this batter into a cake pan and pop in the oven. Add 15 drops of food coloring to the last bowl and mix to incorporate. Pour batter into a cake pan and place in the oven. Bake each cake for approximately 32 minutes or until firm and slightly golden. Don’t worry about the cake browning, the frosting will cover it. Let each cake cool before removing from the pan. Then, wrap each cake in clear plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 3 hours. Once the cakes are cool, remove from the refrigerator. Place the darkest pink layer on a cake stand. Cover the top with frosting and then place the second darkest pink layer on top of it. Repeat until all the layers are assembled. If you are looking for a polished, professional looking cake, shave down the sides of the cake using a perforated knife. If you would like a homemade look to the cake, leave as is. Frost the sides of the cake and decorate as you wish! I used silver sprinkles from Williams-Sonoma.
Slice and enjoy!