Some of you might have noticed the peculiar colored cake layers in one of my little guy's Easter dinner pictures. Those colors were not because he messed with his camera; they're because I messed with the cake.
COLORFUL SPRING CAKE
For each layer:
1-1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 box jello - pick your color/flavor
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk
Beat all ingredients together at low speed until combined. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, until the jello is completely dissolved, and no visible crystals remain, and pour the batter into a round layer pan. Repeat for the second layer. Bake at 350F for 28 to 32 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool completely, then frost with whipped cream.
For the easy way out, use a yellow cake mix, and make as directed. Split the batter in half, and beat one color of jello into each half of the batter. Proceed as directed above. This would even work with one of those fancy new gluten-free cake mixes, if that's necessary for your family, as it is for my friend Paula's baby or Sabina's husband. And while I whip my own cream, it's fine with me if you love cool whip and use that instead!
You can use other colors. For example, this works great for Christmas with red and green, and for 4th of July with red and blue. I suppose you could even do the red and green (for the colors of the Mexican flag) and call it Cinco de Mayo cake. See, I'm helping you find new ways to celebrate all the time! You're welcome.