This week of the lockdown, was hard and difficult for all of us. It's getting harder and harder with every day. But stuck at home we have to fight with the boredness. We have to find each day something that makes us happy.
Today this little thing, that brought the smiles back to our faces were this colourful extremely delicious rainbow cake.
Let's go straight to the recipe and if you like the idea I challenge you to make one :)
1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup plain yoghurt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup veg oil
360g self raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Mix in a bowl the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy mixture.
2. In a separate bowl mix the yoghurt and the baking soda together. This process is called activating the soda bicarbonate. I have made a video in my Youtube Channel to help children to understand more about this process and how it works. If you like to see the video you can watch it here.
3. Wait few minutes and pour the yoghurt mixture, the Oil and the vanilla extract to the Eggs and stir it gently.
4. The last step is to add the Flour. For more fluffier cake I do recommend to sieve the flour, but if you don't have time you can skip this part.
For the batter colouring you need to use a food colours which are heat proof. I have used the PME Food colouring paste, but me personally love using more natural staff, that's why I have decided to experiment with natural food coloring and I promise soon to show you the results.
Once you are ready split the mixture into a separate bowls. I made 5 colours but you can make as much as you like. Here is the part where I have asked my children to help me and join the FUN.
Everyone got the task to stir well the cake batter to dissolve the colours into it.
When your cake batter is ready coloured, spray the tin with a cake release or if you don't have it use a oil and sprinkle some flour over.
Then start adding each colour into the cake form until all colours finish.
When you are ready place the cake into the preheated to 180C oven and bake it for around 20-25 min or until a toothpick comes clean out.
Leave the cake in the form for 5 min to rest and then transfer it to the cooling rack upside down.
I have sieved some icing sugar over it, but this step is completely optional. Instead of icing sugar you can make a glaze, use desiccated coconut or drizzle some dark chocolate.
Wait a bit until the cake cools down. I know this is the most difficult part and especially for the children when they want to taste their creation.
Here I like to give you some Tips how to organise the baking process between you and your children:
Cracking the Eggs
You can give this job if your child is around 6 years old. They suppose to know by now how to crack the eggs.
If the child is younger you can hold the Egg and he can tap with the edge of a spoon over the egg.
Again if the child is confident with the numbers you can leave him to do the measuring job.
If it's younger you can either do the job together or pre weighed all the ingredients and put them in a separate bowls.
All children love stirring and it doesn't matter of the age they are able to do the job and enjoying it.
You can let your child colour the cake batter. You can use this opportunity to speak about colours. Ask question like if I mix this colour with this colour what colour we will get?
Or what is your favourite colour? Why this colour is your favourite? What colour is this one?