Yes, this cake is a bit more on the commercial side than the Catholic side, but what’s not to love about edible rainbows that end in pots of gold? (For more faith-filled activities, check out all the Saints Activities for Saint Patrick.) This was such a fun cake to design and create, and it was super easy. Super yummy, too! I made this cake, along with these yummy Saint Patrick’s Day cupcakes, for our Lenten Fish Fry at our parish and they were a hit.
WHAT YOU NEED
- one box of white or vanilla cake if you want to dye the cake green – otherwise, any flavor will do
- white icing (has to be white)
- fruit loops cereal – generic brand ok
- green food coloring
- coconut flakes
- individually-packaged peanut butter cups – try to find those in a gold wrapper
- green pipe cleaners
HOW TO MAKE
- Bake the cake in an 8″ or 9″ pan according to directions. Allow to cool thoroughly.
- Once completely cool, ice the cake with a layer of white icing, reserving about 1/2 cup for the white clouds at the end of the rainbows.
- Add about 1.5 cups of coconut flakes to a large plastic baggie. In a cup, add 2 tablespoons of water and about 10 drops of green food coloring. Dump onto the coconut flakes in the bag and shake-shake-shake until everything is evenly coated.
- With your (clean) hands, press the coconut into the top and sides of the cake.
- To make the rainbows, string three of each color of Fruit Loops onto a pipe cleaner in the “red orange yellow green blue violet” order. Trim the pipe cleaners until there’s only about 3/4″ left on each end and press them into the still-wrapped peanut butter cups (the pots of gold!).
- Take the three rainbows and arrange on the top of the cake. Using a cake pipe, squeeze “clouds” around the pots of gold. If you don’t have a cake decorating tool, you can probably just spoon some on – no worries.
- In alternating rainbow colors, press Fruit Loops into the bottom of the cake as a border.
- OPTIONAL: I used some of the extra pipe cleaners and made a mini shamrock for the center of the cake. See? This is still a faith project!