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What's better than a cupcake, you ask? How about a Teeny Tiny Rainbow Cake?
You’ve probably seen many full-size rainbow cakes. But there’s something special about having a tiny little rainbow cake of one’s own. They’re just the ticket to bringing a smile to anyone’s face, especially a birthday guest of honor! These are easy to make, and a fantastic candidate for “make-ahead” due to the freezer time involved.
The parchment paper is actually the most important part of the recipe—the layers are so thin that there’s no other way to handle them. The parchment paper provides both stability AND mobility!
Be sure to divide the cake batter evenly into six bowls. (Precision is important here, so be diligent!)
While preparing each layer, you can use binder clips to secure the sides to make spreading the batter easier. Or, if you have a light touch with a spatula, you might not need fastening and can skip the clips. Just remember to remove the clips before baking!
Be warned, the baked layers are thin. You may have a layer accident/incident/disaster at some point in the assembly process. Don’t worry! Just assemble the layer pieces, jigsaw puzzle style, on top of the previous layer, mash them together a bit, and exercise a little extra caution when frosting that layer. Repeat the process with the remaining layers, until you get to the last layer. Don’t frost that one.
Next, wrap up the pan for the freezer. First wrap it with a layer of parchment paper and then heavy foil. Place a small cutting board and/or pan on top of the wrapped cake, and add a couple pounds worth of heavy freezer-friendly items. You want to compact the cake a bit, as this will help you make even layers. Let the cake freeze for several hours or overnight.
Once you’ve cut all your rounds, top each with a little frosting, and a few sprinkles. Or, you can go the classic route and ice the sides, too. But, these cakes are so colorful that you may just want to leave the sides naked! They'll look great either way!
Hope you have fun with these Teeny Tiny Rainbow Cakes!