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Cooking Through The Baker's Man: Tie-Dye Cake

When a week of rainy days pummels Mystic Water, the townsfolk need something to help lift their spirits and help them push through the puddles of water with positive attitudes.

Anna bakes up the perfect cake! This Tie-Dye Cake, bursting with rainbow colors, brings an instant smile to everyone. Kids and adults bounce on their toes while waiting for a slice.

Feel down and gloomy, sopping wet and wishing for summer? Stop by and grab a hearty slice. Ready to unhitch your boat and row outta town? Go ahead and order a whole cake! Anna will deliver it free of charge, and you won’t stop smiling even after the cake is gone!

Tie-Dye Cake

Serves: 12

Level of Difficulty: Easy


For the Cake:

Favorite white cake mix OR

2 boxed white cake mixes

Food gels: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)

For the Buttercream Icing:

4 sticks softened unsalted butter

4–6 c powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional: 4 tsp lemon extract

For the Pink Glaze:

1 c powdered sugar

1 tbsp water (add more, a tsp at a time, until desire consistency is reached)

4 drops of pink food gel

How to Make

  1. Mix cake according to direction on the box.

  2. Divide cake batter evenly between 6 bowls. Add 1 food gel color to each bowl and dye to your desired intensity.

  3. Be sure to spray the cake pans, put parchment paper on the bottom of each pan, and spray parchment paper. This ensures that the cake doesn’t stick at all!

  4. Plop ¼ cup of red batter into both pans. Then plop ¼ c of orange right on top of the red batter. Follow with yellow, green, blue, and purple. Then repeat this until all the batter is used.

  5. Take a large skewer, and poke it in the middle of the batter. Pull the skewer from the middle and straight to the edge of the pan. Do this in a wagon wheel spoke pattern all around the cake. Do this in both pans.

  6. Bake according to box. Add all ingredients for the icing into the bowl of a mixer. Mix on high for 10 minutes.

  7. Allow cakes to cool in pans on cooling rack for 15 minutes. Then flip cakes over onto the cooling rack until they are completely cool.

  8. While cakes cook, make icing.

  9. Add all ingredients for the icing into a mixer bowl. Beat for 10 minutes.

  10. Frost the cake, adding icing between the layers, and then on the top and sides. Place in refrigerator for 10 minutes.

  11. If desired, make the glaze and pour glaze over top of the cake. Let cool. Slice and eat!

The Baker's Man can be purchased in paperback or as an ebook from Amazon. The ebook is also available at Barnes & Noble, iBook, KOBO, and other major retailers.

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