I made this cake for my dear daughter’s 5th birthday, inspired by her favourite song on Hi-5, ‘Make a wish upon a star’!
The recipes for the Rainbow tier chiffon cake as well as the Chiffon Cake Rainbows are in 'Creative baking: Chiffon Cakes'.
Here I made some minor modifications, instead of cutting stripes for the Rainbow tier chiffon cake, I placed the batter 2/3-1/3 into the chiffon tube pan. I modified the chiffon rainbow into a ‘shooting star rainbow' by cutting the rainbow short and then topping it off with a star made from chiffon cake.
I further baked a plain chiffon sheet cake, in which I cut out stars in which I arranged in a soaring pattern onto the tier cake using melted marshmallows.
Natural red, green and yellow colouring
The colours here are pretty light because I tried to use natural food colourings fully: pink from PME red (left), yellow from gardenia yellow (right), orange from PME red + gardenia yellow, green from PME green (middle), blue from a new acai powder (Brenntag Fruitmax, below), and purple from the blue acai powder + PME red.
New natural blue coloring from acai powder (Fruitmax, Brenntag)
The blue acai powder (Brenntag) was generously gifted from Chr Hansen who specializes in natural food coloring. I was really excited as it’s my first time trying and just ½ tsp gave me a very dark blue tone! However, after baking, the blue mostly faded, and I had to paint the cake over with more acai juice (made by dissolving the powder in water), mixed with blue pea flowers – must be some chemical reaction with baking! So blue pea flowers still hold better for baking.
Happy birthday dear Christine, you truly bring so much joy to us and we are so blessed to have you!
With love of love,
I'm really excited! Pre-orders for my next cookbook, Deco Chiffon Cakes are open now for 2 weeks at a special preorder price of $33 (inclusive of $5 delivery)! I really love what they did for the cover.
This book takes into account all the feedback so there's a special extended 6-page troubleshooting guide, basic recipe, improved weights & measures and step-by-step pics of new 3D patterns, cutie animals and festive cakes!
The book will be out in bookstores around 15th Sept. People who opt to pre-order now will receive it one week earlier. Preorders have now closed. Thanks everyone for your overwhelming support! 29 Aug 2016
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