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My rainbow birthday cake

Last week was my birthday and in true Emma tradition I got so crazy busy with work and kids and other stuff that I was  running out of time to make the ‘Dr Pepper drink can’ shaped cake that I’d dream of making for my party? (I’m addicted to the stuff – but that cake will have to wait till next year!) So, what did I do? In a word (or two)  I kept it simple!

40th Birthday cake ...,
40th Birthday cake …,

I decided that as time wasn’t on my side I would just make a really tall Madeira cake with different coloured rainbow layers inside. It was inspired by Dahlias 1st  birthday cake. When each cake came out of the oven it looked just like the one before! The outside had browned and I had no idea what the colours were going to look like on the inside. I just hoped that they would be pretty different. As it turned out they were, but, when you’re adding the food colouring you never know!Once I had stacked the cake and given it a layer of buttercream I covered it with the pale blue sugarpaste and added dots all over it with a few ’40’s’ for good measure. I got these circle cutters at the Bake show earlier in the year and I can’t stop using them. They’re great for jazzing up a plain cake in a jiffy and are so easy and fun to use.

The cake sat on the food table all night until the “Happy birthday” chorus began.  When I cut into it there was such a great reaction from the crowd. It really made me smile! Gasps of “Look at the colours/layers/size!” came from my friends.  Well, I couldn’t have the cake completely plain, now could I? Thank goodness the colours worked and actually turned out much prettier than I expected!

40th Birthday cake ...,
40th Birthday cake …,

The slices were so tall that each piece had to be cut in half. And guess who didn’t even get a crumb? Yep me! It’s a good thing that my Mum made me a cake for my family celebration meal the following night. I had plenty of that cake and as I’ve said before. My Mum’s Madeira cake really is the best in the world, but mine looks pretty good too!

40th Birthday cake ...,
40th Birthday cake …,

So, who knows what’s in store for the year ahead? As they say life begins at 40, so watch this space!


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  1. What a colourful, goregous birthday cake. Very classy for a milestone year!

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      Ahh thanks.

  2. I love cakes that hide a surprise of colours inside…yours is particularly awesome! 🙂

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      Why thank you.

    2. EmmaMT from says:

      I think your comment is particularly awesome! Thanks so much


  3. Welcome to the 4th floor Emma. I’ve been here 4 years and have no complains really! 🙂

    PS: Fabulous cake!

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      I love that and have repeated that “I’m on the fourth floor”all evening. Fab remark.

  4. mydearbakes says:

    This is looks so gorgeous, well done! =)

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      Thank you

  5. Happy birthday in arrears Emma

    1. EmmaMT from says:

      Thanks Pat

  6. happy birthday Emma, your birthday cake looked absolutely gorgeous, can’t wait to see your next posts ^^

    1. EmmaMT from says:


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