Ji Cheol Oppa is back and my celebration cake...
Yesssssssss.... finally he's back from military service and I'm baking like crazy while looking at his face.... ah YooHouse is flooded with his pics. Love how he looks and his demeanor... hmm let me rephrase that- love his aura right now and I just realized how much I missed my kuya...will be back with pics of my welcome home cake. It will be colorful and just like celebration!
On the second batch of flavors ... two done and on the racks .....
Final two cakes out of the oven and cooling..... for non-Soompiers; your indulgence please. Just give me tonight for my fangirlism ....lol....
Finally, the cake is ready.... a six-layer moist lemon cake in rainbow colors with cream cheese frosting to celebrate Ji Cheol oppa's completion of his mandatory military duties. Here's hoping for a successful comeback and can't wait to see him again in another project! Welcome home oppa!
LEMON RAINBOW CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Vegetable food colouring (orange, yellow, blue, green, red, violet)
2 tsp lemon extract
Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Butter the bottom of six 9-inch round by 2-inch pan. Line bottom with parchment or wax paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk, lemon and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and beater often.
Divide the batter into six portions for your six colors. Then add a drop or two of the vegetable food color in each bowl and stir well.
Pour the batter into prepared pan(s) and smooth top with metal spatula. Bake cake(s) about 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center emerges clean.
Cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a rack, remove paper and let cool completely.
Assembling and frosting
I used a chopstick to hold all the cakes in the middle. Just cut the excess portion so it is not protruding atop the cake. But prior to that, I lay the violet one at the bottom of the cake platter; spread my cream cheese frosting evenly then the next color and so on – till all the colors are assembled. Then spread the whole cake with the remaining frosting using a spatula to make it even. You can use candy sprinkles or any decorations you prefer.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Mix in the vanilla, then gradually stir in the confectioners' sugar. Store in the refrigerator after use.