Rainbow Frenzy!!!

So recently, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of baking pretty, pretty cakes.

I don’t know where my new craze and interest sparked from, but it’s really fun and everybody loves a good, yummy cake so heck, I proclaim baking to be my new-found official hobby!

My first task?

BAKE A SUCCESSFUL GOD DAMN CAKE TO START OFF WITH.

See, the previous cakes I’ve baked so far have been quite FAIL, if I do say so myself… They either look weird, or taste weird.

So my first “proper” cake had better be something unique and really awesome – I decided on baking a RAINBOW cake. (I obviously adore bright colours)

Not just ANY rainbow cake… I was determined to make a rainbow cake that will make people go “ZOMG” and hopefully persuade them that I am a bloody awesome baker even though I actually almost have no idea what I’m doing.

And because I’ve been getting so many requests doubled with the fact that I am an angel,

Today I WILL SHARE WITH YOU HOW I DID MY RAINBOW CAKE!!!!


Mission Cake Rainbow : WIN!!!

To bake a rainbow cake like mine, you will need..

A helpful boyfriend to start off with. LOL. It’s quite a lot of trouble for one person to handle, especially if you don’t have all the appropriate tools!

If you don’t have a trusty bf, get your maid / friend or prepare to spend a couple of hours on this.

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As for the ingredients, you will need:


Your own recipe for the cake mix.

Take any off google or buy a baking cook book. I used a pre-made cake mix from the supermarket, because I find that using pre-made cake mixes as a base always turns out the best for me.

Somehow, their cake mix ensures that the cake has the perfect light and fluffy texture that I want. Plus it’s so convenient, I just add milk and eggs and mix away!

Mine is a regular vanilla-based sponge cake.

Make sure the cake mix is not dark or heavily coloured because it will affect the colours of the rainbow!

Usually I just add flavouring and extra bits that I want to the pre-made cake mix to give it a little bit of my own touch, such as adding Vanilla Extract or Chocolate Chip bits.

After mixing your eggs + flour + butter + sugar + whatever else in… It’s time to paint the colours of the rainbow!

You’ll need a variety of vibrant, tasteless high quality food colouring.

Don’t be cheap – a little goes a long way when it comes to food colouring. Make sure its tasteless or your cake will end up tasting funny, and buy high quality colouring coz you don’t want shitty colours!

I got my utensils and ingredients from Redman, it’s a baking shop where you can find almost everything you will need to bake this cake in their shop!

Get fondant, colouring, utensils, decorating tips, flour sugar etc all from there :)

Separate your batter mixture into 6 equal bowls, then add the food colouring into each individual bowl as seen above!

You want to be very careful with food colouring. The one that I’m using is extremely concentrated, and won’t come off clothes if I stain myself, so sometimes just a few drops is sufficient. (I used the ends of chopsticks to dip into the food colouring)

You don’t want to underdo it cuz the colours look the best when most vibrant, yet at the same time you don’t want to overdo it cuz it might taste off and look too saturated.

Add a few drops of colouring each time, and mix well, then observe the colour.

Most of the time, the batter mixture appears quite light but when well-baked, it turns to a much darker colour… You can compare my coloured batter to the actual cake later on.

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Once you’ve completed all 6 colourful bowls of the rainbow, it’s time to start baking!!!!

** The trick here is to bake your different coloured layers ONE by ONE.

Start off with the bottom most layer, which is purple, then slowly work your way up to the other layers. If you have multiple pans, good for you.. saves time and effort.

Spread the batter evenly into your baking pan (didn’t take pics of these coz was too pre-occupied) and set oven heat to about 180 degrees and bake for 25 minutes for each layer!

If you DON’T bake the layers separately, instead of a nice and even rainbow, you will get…


This.

A mushy, tie-dye effect kind of rainbow cake.

We thought that carefully placing each layer of coloured batter on top of each other in the pan would keep the colours and shape together, but how wrong we were…

My family doesn’t think it looks all that great but it’s all about personal preference cuz me and Sam thinks it’s just fine like this.

Of course it’s not as nice as the properly-layered rainbow, but it’s pretty damn unique like this already and it looks really fun all the same!

It is also a lot less time consuming and more convenient.

You’d take about 45 minutes to bake this tie-dye rainbow cake, but with the other one you’d need a grand total of 150 minutes for the 6 different layers to bake individually!

However, if time and effort is not an issue and if you’re really out to wow people and impress,

I suggest you read on and follow the rest of my instructions for a WIN rainbow cake :)

While your 6 layers of cake bake individually for 150 minutes, you have plenty of time… so start thinking of how you’d like to decorate the top of the cake!

We used white fondant (it’s like edible play-doh) to create different cake-topper decorations,

and I simply L♥VE fondant!!!

You can do so many things with it…

Roll it out to cover your entire cake for a smooth, professional finish, or come up with your own lovely little creations if you are artistic enough like my boyfriend!

Check out the rose that Sam handmade with white fondant!!!!

Is he bloody talented or what?!? Mad skills. I kept them instead of eating it hehehe

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So once all 6 layers of the cake have been baked, make sure you pile them on the right way!

Purple first, then blue, then green, then yellow, then orange and red.

Wait for your cake to cool down for about an hour, then start decorating! I suggest covering the top with white, because that will add a nice touch of contrast and give your rainbow that extra burst of colour.

We covered the entire thing with white fondant and made the pink icing ourselves, using this recipe and pink food colouring. Tastes GREAT!

Sam also created these two little doves, because… I don’t even know. LOL.

What have doves got to do with rainbows?!?!

Nevertheless, they are supa dupa cute!!!! This is your cake, do whatever you want with it. If you’re baking it for someone else, use coloured icing to write a short personalized message!

It’s perfect for birthdays and festive events because it’s just so happy-looking and original.

Alternatively, if you can’t be bothered doing such detailed decoration (it really is hard work) then just drench your entire cake with a generous amount of white icing then top it off with rainbow sprinkles!!!

That was what I did for the tie-dye rainbow cake.

And that’s it, you’re done!!!!

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Put your cake into the fridge for a bit before serving, because cakes are always nicer when slightly chilled.

At first sight, the cake may look like nothing particularly spectacular (especially if you have a neutral and plain topping like all white) but once you slice it open…..


VOILA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



(shitty photo cuz this one was taken at night)

They will find that they have underestimated you and your seemingly boring cake, because people do NOT expect rainbow cakes!!! MUAHAHAHAH!

At least, that was the satisfaction I got when my family went “OOOoooOOohhh” when I showed them my cake!

….Okie, I hope I have successfully passed on my profound wisdom and knowledge to you so off you go, go make somebody’s day by baking them the most awesomest cake they have ever seen!

In my opinion, home made cakes baked with love are far better than buying some shitty Swensens ice cream cake or your average fruit cake or chocolate cake.

Come on, you have more sincerity and creativity than that, don’t you?!?

It’s never been all about the taste or professionalism, it’s always about how happy the cake makes that person!

And my rainbow cake makes ME very very happy!!

I don’t even know why.. I just can’t help but grin every time I look at it. I look at it more than I eat it.

Fluffy colourful goodness!

I love it when the house smells like batter, it gives off such a homely vibe….

I can’t wait for my next friend’s birthday, because I have tons of ideas I’d love to explore, and I’m gonna start baking a lot more!!!

I may not be fantastic at it, but it makes me happy and it’s so fun… and it makes the people who get to eat it happy, too!

My family actually gathered at 1:30am to eat my rainbow cake cuz that’s the time I finished baking it HAHAHAH wtf!

Rainbow crumbs!!! ^______^

One last picture and tip for you guys!

I didn’t put any layers of cream in between the cake because I didn’t want to break up the colour.

Since rainbow is the theme we’re going for, it would be silly to ruin it by having random layers of cream so either colour your cream accordingly with the rainbow, or make sure the top and side has lots of buttery sinful cream so that your cake will not be too dry!

And there you have it, now you know how to make a rainbow cake too!!!

It’s so easy and definitely a crowd pleaser – I can’t believe how many people approved of this cake when the previous ones I’ve baked were all so….. let’s just say, they weren’t too excited about it.

HAVE FUN!!!!!!!

Oh I can’t wait for the next cake I bake!

If you’re going to bake one according to my post, leave a comment with pics or let me know how it turned out for you, okie!!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Science Centre

It’s been many years since I’d last visited the Singapore Science Centre, so I thought I’d take Sam there this trip, since there was a Pixar exhibition going on that we were both quite excited to see!

We wanted to go on Monday, but thankfully before leaving my house, I posted on my twitter that I was going and wonderful people informed me that they were CLOSED on Mondays!! Kua kua kua.

Ended up going yesterday (Wednesday) but turns out it wasn’t such a fab day to visit the Science Centre either. Absolutely filled to the brim with SCHOOL KIDS!!!

Over 10 schools worth of noisy, irritating, sweaty juveniles. Roar.

They were making so much noise, crowding up the entire place and all of the boys were so dirty and sweaty! Everytime one of them walked past me, they’d rub off some filth and sweat on me as well, FML. Suddenly very happy to be grown up. Goodbye, ugly and unglamorous high school days! I don’t miss you!

I actually saw my own high school there!!! Recognized my gym class teacher but there was no chance he’d know who I was. I always skipped PE lessons hahaha.

Nonetheless, it was a gorgeous day and we’d purposely got up super early just to make sure we had the whole day ahead of us for plentiful activities!

I woke up naturally (without anyone poking me or an alarm clock) at like 7am.

HOLY COW.

Bought our tickets for admission and before we even got into any exhibitions, the first place we stepped into was their MERCHANDISE STORE!

We are the BIGGEST freaking tourists ever, no matter where we go, we never fail to buy silly almost useless stuff because we are just that easily amused and tempted.

I bought a bright pink shooting star wand that’s a massive glow stick (coz I’m a princess!), a killer whale water gun (because every orca lover should have one!) and other random stuff.

Astronaut ice cream FTW!!!!!

We bought 2 packets and happily ate them. Hey, space food isn’t all that bad! Probably even better than plane food.

I actually prefer astronaut ice cream to real, proper ice cream LOL. I love how it melts in your mouth :’) nom nom nom

Sam is a Science man. (well he IS a medical scientist)

He loved the Science Centre because he’s the kind of person who just HAS to know how and why everything turns out the way they do.

At first glance you might see some mountain landscape, but upon closer inspection, you should be able to see something else….

Ta-dah!

A compressed image results in a picture of a man’s face. Fascinating! I wonder how many hours do artists spend on an artwork like this?

Fancy pillars.. or four people?

Muahahaha I am now an optical illusion expert! Conquer the Spinning Woman, and you shall conquer everything else!

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

“And for dessert, we have bananas, apples and a decapitated head! Enjoy.”

You really shouldn’t leave nasty comments on my blog. There’s no guarantee I won’t appear on your plate and bite your fingers off! Begone, worthless keyboard warriors!

Oh I LOVE this exhibit!

It showed us SUPER SUPER SUPER high-definition videos where you can control the playback of footage, and you can see every 1/1000 of a second per frame, the depth of detail is utterly amazing!

This sort of clarity is impossible even with perfect eyesight, and it was fascinating just watching a ripple form, or a water droplet falling and even slowed-down movement of peoples flabs shaking when they move.

You’ve probably eaten one today.

OMFG!!! LITTLE CHICKS!!!


How cute are they?!?!?!!
When they saw me coming really close to take a picture, all of them came running towards this end, desperate for attention!

They are so incredibly small and fluffy and hyper, I just wanted to pick one up and bring it home in my pocket.

You know what I also realized? That every time I eat an egg, I’m eating an aborted chicken!!! Or what could have been the fluffy little chicks that we saw above. Bleh.

I know it’s a “duh” fact, but it really doesn’t hit you any harder that eggs are really bird foetus until you see the word “hatching today” laballed on a batch of eggs that look like they were stolen from your kitchen table.

Slightly depressed about the chick situation, I walked over to a small aquarium tank and made friends with a tortoise.

Hi Mr. Tortoise!

I think animals like me. The ones at the Science Centre, at least. They always seem to willingly pose for my shots.

Less adorable creatures… Hissing cockroaches.

……..A hissing cockroach, or a butterfly?

A hissing cockroach ANY DAY.

Hai unagi.

Oh, look! A magnifying glass to amplify my beauty. LOL

Who, me? Childish? Nonsense.

Okokok before I forget. Here’s something totally unrelated to Science, but since it was the first time I brought it out yesterday, I felt the need to take pictures of it!!

SAY HELLO TO MY NEW TOCCO TOSCANO GOLD BAG!!!

Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!?!?! ♥ it so0o0o0oo much!!!

My mummy, being the angel that she is, came home with this beauty a few days ago and it was such a surprise because I’ve been wanting this bag since TWO years ago but never got around to buying it since it’s rather pricey.

BUT I HAS IT NOW!!!! HEHEHEHE.

Thank you mummy I love you, you are win!!!!! ♥ It is my favouritest bag now!

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Another picture to show off my new pretty bag coz I can ^.^

Random pic of Sam being happy and having a sweet in his mouth.

He played a game on this machine and answered its questions correctly, and the reward was candy. He was very pleased with himself because I didn’t have candy but he did - his reward and proof for being smart, so he says.

Walked into another merchandise store and we bought matching Pooh + Piglet tiny plushies because they are TOO CUTE to resist!!!!

We had lunch at the only place to eat in sight, which was this shitty cafe inbetween the Science Center’s exhibitions and the Pixar exhition - why is it theme parks and tourist attractions always have REALLY bad food?!?

Sam’s not very pleased at all. I think he said it was the worst hot dog he’s ever had.


Hot like mad!!!!!!!!!!
What is up with the weather these days?!?

As if it’s not hot enough in Singapore normally!

He’s not appreciating the heat either. Hahaha cooked red like a lobster!

“I want a picture with the big bad cannon!”

Why anyone would pay $1 to get themselves painfully and unpleasantly shocked with an electrified chair, I don’t know.

Q: What makes a geek jump for joy when he sees it?

A: Dinosaurs.

Not his girlfriend, not money, but dinosaurs.


Big ass mosquito!!!
YUCK.

Why do mozzies even exist, all they do is spread itchiness, diseases and misery to people! I don’t know why, but mozzies always seem to prefer sucking my blood than other people’s.

At the end of the day, I get like 10 bites when the person beside me only got like 3. What nonsense is this?!?

Sam finding out just how difficult it is to walk in snow shoes. I don’t know how white balls are meant to represent snow, but I guess you make do with whatever you can get!

It’s way harder than it looks… the shoes are so big and heavy, you have to take giiiiaaant steps!

Major respect for people who survive in freezing places. Having a heat stroke in Singapore is one thing, having to wear snow shoes just to get around is another!!!

Super cute drawn on house!!!!


Orbiting around Space hehehehe


And then it’s gooooodbye Science Centre!!!!!!

I’ll see you again in perhaps 6 years or more.

It was pretty fun and interesting, those who haven’t been to it in years should go, because they added tons of new stuff!

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After Science Centre, we went to watch Shrek 4, which was ok, but I don’t really like movie sequels!

It’s like, the first is engaging and new and all, then the 2nd is a decent follow-up but by the 3rd, I’ve already lost interest and it takes an excellent director to have the movie still be interesting.

Ended our day with Party World KTV @ International Building!

Remember how I’ve always raved about them? Well now I take it back. Their facilities and choice of songs are definitely way better than KBOX, but the service is absolutely crappy!!!

We ordered some ice blended drinks, which were completely tasteless, so I called the waitress in to ask them to add more syrup to the drink because it was too bland.

I told them to either make the drinks better-tasting, or give us a change of soft drinks and she said ok.

2 minutes later, this angry looking guy knocks on our door and demands to know what the problem with the drinks were.

I said they tasted very bland and bad, then you know what the idiot said?!?!

He said, “It’s impossible, I was the one who made the drinks, so it should be just fine.”


After a brief argument and lots of hostility, he just stormed off but not before hastily giving me a lan jiao bin.

Well, Mr. Party World Up-Himself Bartender, fuck you, because I’m the paying unsatisfied customer and if I say it tastes like shit, then it tastes like SHIT and you’d better give me something worth my money!!!

Who cares if YOU made the drink. I hate it when people in the service crew cannot provide service for fuck, who wants to be served by someone who is so unpleasant?

Instead of bothering people with your incompetency, go apply for another job where efficiency and pleasantness is not the main criteria, because it’s clearly not your strong points!!!

There’s far too many restaurants and retail outlets in Singapore that employ FAIL service crew!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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