Welcome I hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that my husband and I spent some time hiking in Arkansas. Always a good time for me! Today I am talking about God sending signs in our times of trial and struggle. One of my favorite signs of hope and comfort comes in the form of a rainbow. And with that theme, I have the most adorable, and very colorful, vanilla rainbow cake for you today. It would be great for a girl’s birthday cake, or anytime you need a bite of happy! Thank you for stopping by!
Food For Thought Who doesn’t love a rainbow? Rainbows are beautiful and magical. Rainbows make us feel joy and happiness, wonder and awe. Rainbows can be vibrant and dynamic or soft and calming, a lot like our Father in Heaven. Sure, I know the science behind what forms a rainbow, but it just appears as if the sky has been painted with some pastels and the color just seems to hang there. Whatever it is about them, most people love a rainbow.
A lot of people have associated rainbows with being lucky. Many have images of pots of gold and leprechauns running around. I consider it to be more lucky because I always have thought of rainbows as God giving me a sign that everything will be okay. To my knowledge, rainbows are only mentioned in scripture in two places. First, and probably best known, is in Genesis 9:12-17 and the word “rainbow” appears three times. Following the flood, God put a rainbow in the sky promising to never destroy the earth by flood again. I know this sign was given to the people of that time specifically, but I also think that God wanted to give all of mankind a promise that He would take care of us. In Revelations 4:3, a rainbow is mentioned to surround the throne of Heaven. I am no expert on the book of Revelations, but it is a book meant to offer hope and encouragement and triumph. I think the rainbow mentioned here is also given as a promise-a promise that there is a home in Heaven for the believers of Christ, a promise that all of our work has not been in vain. And I don’t think that it is a coincidence that foundations of the walls of the New Jerusalem in Revelations 21 are layered with the precious stones in such a way that it almost resembles the colors of a rainbow. God knows His children and He knows that we often need visuals for our understanding. God gives us the rainbows to be our visual reminders.
Sometimes we offer hope and reassurance to another by giving a simple sign or gesture-a smile, a pat on the back, eye contact that communicates “Yeah, I know what you’re going through and I’m here for you.” Maybe God sends rainbows to those who need that sign or gesture. I have seen this rainbow and felt this incredible feeling of hope twice in the past year. I have shared some about my work struggles and frustrations and after spending every single day for almost four months praying that God would make a change for me, I saw a rainbow on my way to work. I was driving down the highway early in the morning and the sky to the west was black, a lot like my feelings about some situations I was dealing with at work. But as I was scanning the sky for lightning, I noticed a very bold rainbow appear. It was as if the darker the skies, the more intense the colors showed up. And I felt like God was whispering, I’m listening to your prayers and it will be okay. And God did answer my prayers, albeit in very unique fashion. The second rainbow I experienced was after I left my job. My husband and I were out on date night and I had been in a foul mood (remember, I told you this was real life!), mostly from the emotions I had been dealing with because of leaving a career of 18 years and getting the courage to launch this blog. I didn’t like my mood and I’m sure Mister didn’t either. So I prayed, quietly to myself in the restaurant, that God could reassure me that I was making the right decision. While we had been eating, a rain shower had went through the area and as we drove home a double rainbow was in the sky. I started crying. I think my husband may have said something like, what’s wrong now? But I shared with him about my feelings that I’d had that day and my prayer and how my tears were of joy and peace because I felt God had sent me this sign of hope and reassurance. Needless to say, we both felt better. I know God does not always give us a clear and defined answer to prayers and requests, but sometimes we just have to look up and see the sign we need!
Today’s Scriptures Genesis 9:12-17 “And God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come; I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on earth.’ So God said to Noah, ‘This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”
Revelations 4:3 “And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.”
Lamentations 3:21-25 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion: therefore I will wait for him.’ The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him.”
Today’s Recipe Vanilla Rainbow Cake and Frosting Why? Because rainbows make me happy!
- You Need:
- Bundt pan-this is very important to get the rainbow shape when you cut the cake
- Cooking spray and flour for preparing the pan
- 2 white cake mixes
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 7 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cans white frosting (you will have extra)
- Paste or gel food coloring, at least primary colors (see NOTES about food colorings) I used Wilton Icing Colors in Red, Buttercup Yellow, Royal Blue, and Violet; I blended colors to make orange and green. I am NOT currently affiliated with or sponsored by Wilton products, although I truly love their products for baking and food decorating.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour, shaking out any excess flour, but being sure to get into all of the creases of the pan.
- With electric mixer, combine cake mixes, water, oil, egg whites, and vanilla until completely blended. After mixing, divide cake mix out between six bowls (if you don’t want to do all of the dishes, try disposable bowls). I added 1/2 to 1 tsp. of each paste food color to the batter (one color per bowl) and blended with spoon or rubber spatula until I had the desired color. For green, I mixed 1/2 tsp each of blue and yellow; for orange, 1/2 tsp each of red and yellow. Layer cake batter colors in this order in your baking pan: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple-DO NOT blend the colors together. Notice how each layer doesn’t quite extend all the way to the edge-that is okay!
I placed my bundt pan on a baking sheet because it bakes high with two cake mixes and it makes me nervous-I’ve never had it spill over, but just in case! Bake for 60 minutes, cake will be springy to the touch when done. Transfer to cooling rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the inner and outer edges to loosen cake, but continue to let cool in pan for 1 hour. After it has cooled, place cake plate upside-down on top of bundt pan, then flip over and the cake should slide right onto your plate.
- While cake is cooling, mix frosting colors using same procedure as coloring the batter. Divide frosting among six bowls, this time only using 1/2 tsp of color to each bowl. Start with small amounts and stir to see if you have the color you desire, adding more coloring as needed. When cake is ready for the frosting, heat one bowl of frosting at a time for 20 seconds in the microwave. This will allow it to run down the sides, and then it will firm up in a couple of minutes. I used a large spoon for dripping the color onto the cake, starting with red and continuing around in the circle until I had the colors of the rainbow. It’s crazy, but when you cut a slice, you will actually have a rainbow inside your cake-so fun! And even though it looks wacky, it really does just taste like vanilla cake.
- Notes about food coloring:
- *Paste and gel food coloring gives a much more vibrant effect on your cake and icing. Liquid food coloring can be used, but the colors will be much softer.
- *I used paste colors so the 1/2 tsp measurements work for me. If you use gel or liquid food colorings you will need to see what measurements work for you.
- *If you have the primary colors of red, yellow, blue, you don’t have to buy additional colors because you can blend to make orange, purple, and green-just remember back to your childhood art classes.
- *I was mostly pleased with my colors. My red and orange looked a lot alike.
- *The darker a food coloring paste, the more bitter it will taste.