Darlings, I feel like I’ve been away from you for so long. And perhaps I have been. In lieu of writing I’ve been out doing–Honfest, the gym, art shows, food truck rallies, and parties, and dates, and a trip to DC to see NKOTB(!). But I’m back. For a bit, anyway. I’m totally broke so that means a lot of time indoors on the ol’ laptop.
But I digress!
This is a very special DiS! post! It’s special because it’s been almost 2 years in the making. And it’s especially special because June is Pride Month–and what’s more Pride-ish than a rainbow dessert? More on this year’s Baltimore Pride at the end of this post.
Here is the back story: I became a little obsessed with the Rainbow Cake since my boss, Kate, and I spotted it in the August 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine. The article was about collecting vintage recipe pamphlets, and, of course, she thought of me. One of the pamphlets (although it really is a cookbook) was the 1961 edition of The Joys of Jell-O.
Martha promised to provide the recipe for this gelatin marvel, but instead she featured her own version:
Which is just gorgeous. But her recipe was all fancy-pants, with layers of frozen, pureed fruit. I wanted the one with Jell-O! I wanted the one with completely not homemade frosting! And that is why I tracked down and ordered my own Joys of Jell-O cookbook. Which I found. And have used for many a DiS! post.
So the rainbow cake became a joke with me and Kate. Oh! Rainbow Cake, you say?–who is going to make the Rainbow Cake? Has anyone ever made the Rainbow Cake?
Well, this month I finally had a reason to make the Rainbow Cake (because I wasn’t going to make a 5-layer Jell-O for someone who wouldn’t appreciate it) it was Kate’s birthday.
So this is how it went down:
BTW, I did the Rainbow Dessert variation and made mine in a 10-inch tube pan. Here is a transcription of the notes that I took while making this. They might not make any sense. Prepare yourself for the insanity.
- 5:30 Begin 1st layer. Going to check every 15 minutes for consistency.
- 6:22 Strawberry Jell-O looks to be “very thick.”
- 6:30 I whipped strawberry and it is the mold. Making lemon layer
- Strawberry layer gets to the not quite set very quickly. Taking it in and out of fridge to not get fully set. Trying to speed-chill the lemon with ice and water.
- 6:38 start lime. Speed set with some ice cubes. Which will be ready to whip first–lemon or lime?
- 6:52 Lime in an ice/water dish in the fridge.
- The strawberry layer is still sticky!
- Directions say you can whip a “slightly thickened” in a bowl of ice to make it go quicker…hm.
- 6:55 I feel like I’m losing the red layer stickiness
- 7:00 Lemon layer is on the red. Boiling water for the orange. Lime isn’t quite at “egg-white”. But it worked!
- 7:11 waiting on orange to be set!
- 7:19 it’s done. In the fridge. Now to sit overnight.
- My prediction: Strawberry and lemon will slide off of each other. Lime and lemon will slide. Orange and lime will stick.
This was intense. All the speed-setting and whipping. Screw all yinz guys that are running marathons and 5ks and bragging about it on Facebook. The muthafuckin Rainbow Cake is a test of endurance. It’s like long-distance running–slow, slow, steady, then SPRINT! This dish exhausted me.
But here is the final product:
Isn’t it amazing? It came out in one piece! I can’t believe that it didn’t break.
How did it taste? Like Jell-O. With Dream Whip on top. Everyone was confused and thought that there would be flour in it or something. Nope, just whipped Jell-O.
So happy birthday to Kate! And a very happy wedding to my dear friends Dan and Jon! On Sunday they were married at Maryland’s first same-sex mass wedding, which was held during Pridefest in Druid Hill Park. The ceremony was presided by Baltimore’s (fierce) mayor, Stephanie Rawlings Blake. It was a historic event since marriage equality was passed just last year. And I was so happy to be there. Here they are with the Mayor right after their “I do”s.
I wish a happy Pride to everyone! Remember, June isn’t over yet–let’s cue the drag queens!