I woke up with a million things to do, as always…even though my goal this summer is to slow down and enjoy my days with my family. My house will always be here, but my children won’t. I want to enjoy my moments with my kids. I want them to remember their summers as days filled with wonderful memories and not of a mom who is always working around the house. I strive to be more like Mary, even though I know I’m every bit of Martha.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
Today, I would slow down and make a rainbow cake with Tristyn. Something we’ve been wanting to do but don’t usually have several hours to devote to it. Plus, she loves it when I make normal, non-paleo foods!
I know there are a million recipes out there for rainbow cakes, but this what we did.
I used 2 white boxed cake mixes. Prepare cake batter according to the directions on the box.
1. Divide the batter into 6 bowls (1 1/3 cup per bowl) for each color of the rainbow. I used disposable bowls so cleanup would be easy.
2. Using food coloring, tint batter in bowl. (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple.) I used the gel colors and they worked great.
3. Pour into 6 greased pans. Make sure each layer is really smooth. I didn’t do this and it make the cake a bit crooked.
4. Bake about 15 minutes. You really need to watch this step. They baked so much faster than I expected.
5. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Then cool on racks until completely cooled.
Cream Cheese Frosting (I tripled this recipe.)
4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.
7. Trim rounded tops off cakes to level, if needed. On serving plate, place purple cake layer. Spread with frosting. Repeat with blue, green, yellow, orange and red cake layers. Frost with remaining frosting.
8. Make a washi tape bunting just because it’s summer and that’s a reason to celebrate!
Our cake is not perfect. It started to lean and the layers are not as smooth as I would have liked. The “Martha” in me wanted it to be perfect. But, the girls loved it and we had a great time making it!
You see? It was more than just a rainbow cake to me. It was me yielding to the Lord’s gentle whisper to slow down and enjoy my day. Because it’s always the people who matter the most.