April 14, 2010
Color Lovers Unite!
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
1 This cake is a celebration of color for www.colourlovers.com founder Darius A. Monsef IV. Made lovingly by his mother Virginia Hammon.
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).
3 Have a bowl for each baking pan you will be making in this batch. Virginia put one cup of batter in each bowl.
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.
5 The colors came out gorgeous.
6 Pick the pans up by their sides, holding them level, and tap them on the table to get any bubbles of air up.
7 Let the cakes cool in their pans for about 15 minutes then turn them out to cool onto racks.
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.
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,
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.
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.
13 Here is a closeup of how the licorice helps hold up the layers.
14 Frost the outside of the cake, and the unfrosted end. Add whatever decorations you want.
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.
Thanks Virginia and thanks Darius!
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