I made a cake for my friend’s 80s themed birthday party. She suggested a colorful cake, perfect idea to encompass this era.
To create the colorful inside requires an extensive cleanup, but it’s well worth it. I used a Pillsbury boxed cake mix to make this.
1. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box
2. Divvy up the batter into separate cereal bowls. I used 5, but use however many you want.
3. Dye the batter with food coloring. We’re talking 80s here, so think neon! [food coloring typically comes in primary colors, just combine them to get the color you want. Remember yellow+blue = green, yellow + red = orange, and blue + red = purple.]
4. Spray a pan with Pam to prevent it from sticking.
5. Take turns, plopping down different colors into the pan. Focus on doing one layer. Then do it again on top of what you just created. It’s alright to get messy, no one will know the difference once it’s cooked. [can you tell I do everything recklessly?]
6. Bake according to package instructions.
7. Let cool.
8. Ice and decorate,
Botch and Learn
I have to admit, I didn’t have all those glorious props decorating the cake initially, but I stole the decor from the tables and placed them on the cake for the photo op. Wish I had thought of that sooner!
I made a mess. You couldn’t tell in the actual cake though.
I baked two 9″ x9″ cakes and stacked them on top of each other. I filled the pan with the batter from a whole cake mix. This really was way too much! As a result, it took longer than the instructions to cook and resulted in crispier edges with a super moist center.
The purple wasn’t the color I wanted at all. The more I tried to change it though, the uglier it got. So here’s the key to the perfect shade of purple mix 5 drops red and 1 drop blue.
Use vanilla cake mix. I used yellow cake, and it threw off the colors quite a bit.