Don’t let the neon colors and tie-dye look fool you, this cake is delicious, with a capital D! It’s super easy, just a lot of steps, and you don’t even need to be talented to do it (I sure never thought I had this kind of thing up my sleeve!)
White cake (box) - bake according to directions
Neon food coloring (or regular colors if you prefer)
Small bowls for individual colored batter
2 cake pans (I used 8 inch ones)
1) First make the cake batter as instructed on the box.
2) With a scooper of some kind, separate half of the batter into 4 bowls. Only put half in the bowls to save for the second cake pan.
3) Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to each bowl of batter. Add more if you want the color brighter.
4) Pour the batter into the greased cake pans. You can create a design as you want. No matter how you pour it, it will become tie-dyed.
5) Bake for about 30 minutes at 350º. I like under cooking it because it’s more moist that way.
6) Let cool for about 45 minutes or so. You want to make sure it’s as cool as possible to get the best design on the icing.
7) Ice the bottom layer. You can add food coloring if you want.
8) Place the top layer on the bottom. Ice the top and sides of the cake completely.
9) Drop food coloring into the center of the icing and smear outwards. I did purple first, then pink, then green (which actually ended up looking orange). This created the flower. Honestly, I just messed around with it and didn’t even plan on doing a flower. So you never know what you could create!
10) Add blue frosting to the rest of the icing in the container. Ice the sides of the cake starting with the bottom up. This will give the fading affect.
* If I did this again, I would do the sides first, then the top flower. It would keep the petals in place since some of them went off the edge of the cake.
Then you’re done! This is what the cake will look like when you’re ready to eat it :)
So I found this on The Frisky website and loved everyone one of these on the list. I also included a few of my own.
Tweet at me and let me know what I left off the list!
Note: I did not write this myself. I found it from a friend’s Twitter and knew had to share it! Source: http://www.marcandangel.com/2011/12/11/30-things-to-stop-doing-to-yourself/
This has been a crazy year of changes for me. Some were amazing and others were not so good, but all were for the best. So here’s just a handful of the things that I’m thankful for this year.
I’m thankful (for)…
#1 — my family. They accept me for who I am, quirkiness and all. Sure I say those “dumb blonde” things every once in a while (or more…) but I appreciate that they find me funny and don’t make fun of me (not too much at least).
#2 — (speaking of family) I have been able to live under my parents roof for the past year. Sure it’s been hard going from being on my own for years to living with my parents again, but it has it’s perks, most of all it’s saved me bookoos of money! I’ve spent a good chunk of that on vacations/concerts/going out, but I’ve been able to save most of it for what I really need to spend it on….
#3 — nursing school. It’s been a long and hard first semester, but the fact that I’m still doing well and can (faintly) see the light at the end of the tunnel is what keeps me going.
#4 — oh and I can’t forget, my new friends from school. It sounded cheesy talking about the “new friends that I met in school today” back in March, but they have really become some of my closest friends. We’re gonna go through A LOT together in the next few semesters so we better like each other!
#5 — all my friends…old and new. I’ve been able to reconnect with old friends this past year and have had a blast! It’s so great to know you have friends there for you during the good and bad and I don’t know what I would have done without them. Trips, concerts, crazy nights out, wine nights in, sporting events, you name it — I always know I’ll have fun when I’m with my friends.
#6 — my dog Sammie. We had a great 12-year run with the little guy and as much as we are going to miss him (especially this holiday season, which was his favorite) we will always remember all the smiles he brought to our faces. If only I could have videoed every crazy thing he did!
#7 — my health. After studying nursing for a semester and seeing all the illnesses out there, I’m so thankful to be healthy. We only have our one body, so we need to treat it right. I’m going to be a lot nicer to mine from now on.
#8 — I was able to say goodbye to my granddaddy. Even if I did say goodbye 6 months early, I am still so grateful to have seen him while he was still looking and acting like himself and tell him that I love him.
#9 — my patients. I was terrified to work in a long term care facility (aka nursing home) when I first started school. But after meeting my first patient, I realized they aren’t as bad (grumpy, smelly, etc) as I thought, and I’ve really grown to love the “old people.” I’m so glad I was around them when I was having my lowest days; I don’t think anyone else in the world could have made me feel better but them. And working with the newborn babies brought a fresh perspective to life, they’re so innocent and just freaking adorable!
#10 — that I found love. I had forgotten what it was like to be loved by someone and how much fun it can be to share your life with them (if only for a little while). Now I know what I was missing these past few years and can’t wait to find it again.
#11 — that I lost love. As cliché as it is, I learned so much about myself from the breakup. I’m grateful to have gone through it, even if it was painful for a little while, because now I know what I really want and deserve. I’ve also learned to just be myself and now I’m having a blast being single!
#12 — my iPhone 4. I’m not even sure how I managed without a smartphone. It’s truly a wonder. Oh, and it’s also great for procrastination, but don’t tell my professors.
#13 — my car. Poor thing has been banged up 4 times in the past 8 months (only one of which was my fault but the stupid concrete pole got in my way). I’m just thankful to have a car that still runs (knock on wood) after all the miles I’ve put on it and bumps and bruises it’s gotten.
Now go and put together your own list! You’d be surprised what you come up with…