The little time I lived in Malaysia during my childhood bore many memories. Yes, I am rewinding the clock back to videocassette recorders, Atari, Space Invaders, chunky green computer screens… you get the picture. That’s right. The 80’s. Back then, my home town, Ipoh was only a small town with no high ways or shopping centres and our local grocery store was very much like a shack. Forget those high-tech barcode beepy scanning devices we now have at every supermarket check-outs. There weren’t even cash registers. Women with a note pad, pencil and speedy arithmetic maths was all there were. Now that I’ve painted an image of where I had come from now picture this: a hot and bothered (chubby) little girl in 30+ degreeC heat, beads of sweat trickling down her temples, popping open a waxy paper packet containing Streets Rainbow Paddle-pop. For a 5 year old it was pure bliss.
So when I was approached by Birthday boy, Guilliume to make a layered Rainbow cake for his party, I took up the project right away. The theme was very nostalgic – not just from the Paddle-pop but also from The Wizard of Oz and all things whimsical. I haven’t worked much with food colouring in all my baking years but I took on the project anyway and managed to whip these babies up…
Guilliume was lovely enough to invite me to his party (my first real local French party!) so I also had the opportunity to see the final result. Someone photo-bombed my picture and by that time of the night I already had 1 or 4 too many drinks to think I should have taken another photo for this blog. Oh well.
– serving the first slice of the cake: facial expressions = gold! –
– …a very bright slice of rainbow… –
– …with layers of coffee buttercream… –
…with dark chocolate buttercream…
– …and more dark chocolate buttercream… –
– saving the last piece for the Birthday Boy –
– Birthday Boy’s post party breakfast –
– A few Poloroid snaps to end the night –