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This cake is a celebration of color for www.colourlovers.com founder Darius A. Monsef IV. Made lovingly by his mother Virginia Hammon.

1 This cake is a celebration of color for www.colourlovers.com founder Darius A. Monsef IV. Made lovingly by his mother Virginia Hammon.

If you are making fewer than six or seven layers the cake will hold together better if you stack the layers vertically (like an ordinary cake).

2 If you are making fewer than six or seven layers the cake will hold together better if you stack the layers vertically (like an ordinary cake).

Have a bowl for each baking pan you will be making in this batch.  Virginia put one cup of batter in each bowl.

3 Have a bowl for each baking pan you will be making in this batch. Virginia put one cup of batter in each bowl.

Virginia used 1/2 teaspoon of color per bowl, just to get an idea of how intense the colors come out with a measured amount.

4 Virginia used 1/2 teaspoon of color per bowl, just to get an idea of how intense the colors come out with a measured amount.

The colors came out gorgeous.

5 The colors came out gorgeous.

Pick the pans up by their sides, holding them level, and tap them on the table to get any bubbles of air up.


6 Pick the pans up by their sides, holding them level, and tap them on the table to get any bubbles of air up. 

Let the cakes cool in their pans for about 15 minutes then turn them out to cool onto racks.

7 Let the cakes cool in their pans for about 15 minutes then turn them out to cool onto racks.

Cakes naturally bake with a bit of a dome. Once you've taken them out of their pans and they are completely cool, use a long serrated bread knife to slice this off this dome so that you have a relatively flat surface on both sides of each layer.

8 Cakes naturally bake with a bit of a dome. Once you've taken them out of their pans and they are completely cool, use a long serrated bread knife to slice this off this dome so that you have a relatively flat surface on both sides of each layer.

The cake layers will be more likely to retain their shape in a vertical position if the layers with frosting have had this time to chill,

9 The cake layers will be more likely to retain their shape in a vertical position if the layers with frosting have had this time to chill,

Chill.

10 Chill.

Lay out wax paper making a space in the center for your cake.  Remove paper after you've frosted the outside of the cake. Lay down 3 pieces of red/black licorice a few inches apart on your platter. Put two pieces on the bottom, and one more piece to make a triangular wedge. This will help hold the layers vertical.

11 Lay out wax paper making a space in the center for your cake. Remove paper after you've frosted the outside of the cake. Lay down 3 pieces of red/black licorice a few inches apart on your platter. Put two pieces on the bottom, and one more piece to make a triangular wedge. This will help hold the layers vertical.

Set the stacks vertically on the platter, holding the groups already down steady while you continue to add stacks until all the layers are down.

12 Set the stacks vertically on the platter, holding the groups already down steady while you continue to add stacks until all the layers are down.

Here is a closeup of how the licorice helps hold up the layers.

13 Here is a closeup of how the licorice helps hold up the layers.

Frost the outside of the cake, and the unfrosted end.  Add whatever decorations you want.

14 Frost the outside of the cake, and the unfrosted end. Add whatever decorations you want.

Perfection. Thanks Virginia.

15 Perfection. Thanks Virginia.

Have you visited the site www.colourlovers.com? It’s a fabulous place where people from all over the world share color ideas and inspirations and give each other feedback about color-related projects. I love browsing the palettes and patterns part of the site.

Darius A. Monsef IV runs the show and his vision is, well, colorful to say the least. He is up on color trends and current moods in design and fashion.

Among all of the serious talk on color, however, Darius has quite a sense of humor. I was lucky enough to get an inside look at this part of the man. I thought I would share it with you; straight from his mother, Virginia Hammon.

To celebrate Darius’ 28th birthday, Virginia created a 28-layer cake of color and shared not only the recipe, but the entire baking process. While her version is a palette, you can make as many layers as you want to match your décor or mood.

For the full recipe, click here.

Enjoy!

Thanks Virginia and thanks Darius!

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Comments (14)

  • THAT is super cool!

    And, whether or not you have a commercial kitchen, it would take a really long time to make!

  • Wow I have to make this cake, it makes me feel like a little kid again!

  • I am following colourlovers on twitter beautiful site site. This is an amazing recipes thanks for sharing.

  • Wow! What a fun idea!

  • That is an awesome cake, although way too much sugar.

  • Oh, It's so fun! This cake fit for this month's Living magazine also. Thank you for sharing us such a amazing picture.
    Now, I wonder if your best friend Alexis will making this cake one day....:-)
    she is a wonderful baker and I always think she likes "challenge".(such as the gingerbread cake house which she show on her blog)

    P.S. My husband really enjoyed reading "Home Design with Kevin" on newest issue. :-)

  • PERFECT inspiration!!! In lieu of a gazillion layer cake, I am going to do an 'ombre' layer cake with just tones of raspberry, orchid, medium pink and light light pink. THANKS!!!!!

  • Wow that cake is simply stunning! I didn't realize there were so many different colors available for dying food. How fun! :)

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