Epic Fail Fall Cake

Epic Fall Cake

This post can be found on my new blog. Kdrausin.com/blog/.

It all began when I was perusing the Martha Stewart dessert site and I spotted the most colorful cake I had ever seen. It was called the Super Epic Rainbow Cake.

Of course in true Krista fashion I decided immediately I was going to make this super epic cake but with the colors of fall instead of rainbow colors. What better way to begin the season than with a super epic cake? That’s what I told Arielle and she replied, “but you don’t like cake. Maybe you should make recipes you want to eat.” Nah, someone will eat my cake, the fun is in the challenge of making it. That’s what I thought.

I watched Martha’s video. I went to Whisk’s Kid’s page and printed out her directions. Then I went to Publix and bought all the ingredients. Did you ever have one of those days where you felt like everything you did ended up in frustration and there’s really no reason for it? You woke up perfectly happy but as the days events unfold you realize you would have been better off sitting on the couch reading a book. Labor Day was one of those days for me. I woke early and worked on my new blog with Eric. We sat for hours trying to design the header and it wasn’t happening. We discovered we both need to improve our visual spatial intelligence. When given all the tools and skills to decorate, we have trouble seeing where everything should go. Finally, we decided it was time to walk away from the computer and we went to our separate gyms to run and refocus.

As soon as I got on the treadmill, a man I hadn’t seen in a long time came over to talk to me. I didn’t want to be rude, so I took out my earphones. He decided I was going to be his sounding board for all that is wrong in politics. I hate talking politics. I also dislike constant complaining. The negativity that surrounds a barrage of complaints permeates through my skin to my heart and feels like a weight bringing me down. This man wouldn’t stop so I added two sentences to show him I wasn’t going to join in in his bashing, blaming session. Two calm nonchalant sentences meant to show him that not everyone thinks the way he does. Suddenly, a loud voice to my right startled me. A stranger who was listening from the treadmill near me, loudly spoke up after hearing what I said. He was one angry, angry individual who needed to run on that treadmill instead of walk in order to get rid of all his hostility. I had that jumpy energy surge through my body, I smiled, threw my hands up in the air and gave a little speech about how I came to the gym to work out and I certainly didn’t want to upset anyone… everyone is entitled to their own opinions… blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile I’m thinking, how is this happening? What a day I’m having. I just want to run three miles and then make my epic cake.

Now, since I had trouble visualizing exactly what I wanted on the new header of my blog, I decided to use colored pencils to design the layers of my fall cake.

A good example of someone lacking visual spatial intelligence. (I'm no artist.)

Arielle and and her friend chose the winning color combination. Even though I was still feeling a lingering uneasiness about my day, I decided to stick to my original plan. It was around four pm. when I pulled out all the ingredients.

White Cake Ingredients from a coconut cake recipe... See Whisk Kids recipe

If you want to make the epic rainbow cake, click on Whisk Kids link above. She’s already listed all the steps. I’ll show you some of my pictures.

Maroon 5 is on the radio and I'm dancing and mixing.

I can alternate flour and milk while mixing and taking pictures. I rock!

Do I really need to line all the pans with parchment paper? Nah, that's a pain. I'll experiment and try three with and three without.

Look at all the colors of fall. This cake is going to be epic for sure.

This is awesome! I can't wait to make one of these with Valentine's Day colors.

O magazine had an interesting article on intuition last month. I read it. Did I listen when my little voice told me something was wrong. Nope. Did you spot it yet? This could be like Where’s Waldo of cooking. Where’s Krista’s mistake?

There are absolutely no egg yolks in that egg white mixture. And there was absolutely no swearing during the separation of egg whites and yolks.


It was around this time that I decided to take a little break and eat a tofu burrito from Moe’s.  When I returned to my baking, I was elated because my frosting went from soupy to fluffy.

Putting it all together. Hey, this looks more like a pancake than a cake.

This is when I knew. I had a sinking feeling that the mistake I made could not be undone. The cakes were not fully cooked – possibly not edible. My instinct told me to insert a toothpick and see if the batter was still sticky… I ignored it. I had cooked the cakes five minutes longer than the recipe stated. I assumed they appeared small because I had separated the batter. Opps. There was no turning back. The cake could still look pretty.

Or Not!

Note to self... self, make sure there are equal amounts of frosting in between the layers.

Whatever you do, please don’t click over to Whisk Kids page and compare our cake frosting skills.

Unless you feel like laughing.

It was ten pm. and the cake was finally done. Yep, I spent six hours baking and taking pictures of my Epic (Fail) Fall Cake. The family gathered together and Eric assured me that I was worrying for nothing. (Nice supportive husband.) Then he took a bite and said “oh.” Not what I wanted to hear after six hours in the kitchen. Soon, laughter followed.



And more laughter.

Our cat, Edison, literally made a face and ran away when Arielle offered him a piece of my cake. That’s what sent everyone into hysterics – including me.

I had great expectations on Labor Day for how my blog header was going turn out, going to the gym and making a fabulous cake. None of those expectations came to fruition. The only thing left to do was laugh at myself and know that tomorrow’s another day. And understand that I should stick with boxed cake mixes and canned frosting if I want to make a cake in under six hours. Oh, there will be another six layer cake. I’m determined that way… I’m thinking cream cheese frosting with my favorite football team’s colors. All I need is a favorite football team… Philadelphia Eagles or maybe Miami Dolphins?

Congratulations to Lisa! She won the drawing for last weeks giveaway. You’ll also be happy to know that the new blog design is almost complete. We’ve been working on it every evening and stretching our visual spatial intelligence. Feel free to let me know if you try this recipe and have more success than me. By the way, you don’t need to use parchment paper. Crisco will work just fine.


17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elena
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 17:06:45

    So Funny. Loved it.


  2. Julie
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 19:02:07

    So why did it taste so bad? I know I am missing something here …


  3. Kaitlin
    Sep 12, 2011 @ 14:06:39

    Aw 😦 I’m sorry that the cake didn’t go as planned for you! I love that cute little pumpkin on top, though!


  4. donna bielecki
    Sep 26, 2011 @ 23:26:23

    I have been wanting to make this cake forever. your story was an amazing look into what my future could possibly hold. I have thought about how it could possible be easier because I actually watched the Martha show it was on. Im going to try a box cake and make my own buttercream frosting like I know how I will let you know how it turns out, Thank you for sharing and thanks for the laughs…


  5. toushka lee
    Oct 09, 2011 @ 05:01:05

    hilarious. thank you.


  6. Sarah
    Oct 24, 2011 @ 22:05:34

    A few people have complained about the recipe given on Whisk Kids – perhaps it’s not your fault after all 🙂


    • kdrausin
      Nov 01, 2011 @ 23:14:48

      You’re very kind. I’m still planning on trying the boxed version just so my family won’t tease me forever. (Provided I have better results:)


  7. PJ
    Nov 15, 2011 @ 10:50:08

    Ah, a peek into my future! What a rare gift! (Or foreboding omen, take your pick.)
    I, too, often suffer from illusions of grandeur when it comes to cooking. Sometimes the recipes work out, other times they don’t. That’s life, and my family enjoys the experiments nearly as much as I do. You can’t hit a home run if you never swing the bat, so I am going to keep on trying new culinary adventures because that’s what I do. 🙂


    • kdrausin
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:12:49

      PJ you are exactly right… you can never hit a home run if you don’t swing the bat. That’s why I keep swinging too. Some recipes turn out and some are awful. Either way I learn. ~Krista


  8. arn's space
    Nov 20, 2011 @ 21:43:05

    funny…:D the cake look cute…thanks for sharing the result! it may happen…hahaha…


  9. Star-La
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 18:01:30

    Haha your great~ thanks so much for taking me on your journey~ i started to read all the reviews from Martha Stewart Rainbow cake and saw yours and i just love how u tried and took pics and everything~ ima prolly do the same thing cause im determined to make this cake for my daughter that turns 4 yrs old Sunday~ but im reading everybody reviews 1st and i just love this blog! anyways~ im gonna try this rainbow cake but i think ima look into different recipes~ and im definitely gonna use my homemade cream cheese icing~ not the frosting she has~ i love my cream cheese icing~ but i had to make a comment to let u kno your tooo much fun~ thanks and ill have to send u my blog when i do mine~ lol~


    • kdrausin
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 10:06:31

      Thank you Star-La! I’m sorry for the late reply. My new blog is at Kdrausin.com/blog/
      I’m not sure how I missed seeing your comment. I hope your cake with your delicious cream cheese icing turned out great. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment:)


  10. trina
    Jan 12, 2012 @ 10:55:30

    I want to make this for my daughters bday in Feb but i think I’ll use a boxed mix because I’ve never made one from scratch before lol. I only have wilton coloring, will that work too? I may make a practice one first just in case I mess it up 😛


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