“Maaaaaaaa, no tat-ting pittures…..I WANT CAAAAAAKKKKKEEEE!!!!”
That was “C” the whole time I was trying to snap pictures of the cake we made together.
A few weeks ago, Lulu’s Hypermarket opened about 5 minutes from our villa. If you’ve never heard of a hypermarket, it’s like a super Wal-Mart or Target. It has everything from electronics, to home goods to groceries, usually at a discounted price. They also have a bunch of international produce and other items, which is fun to look at, but our first visit I almost fell over when I saw a silicone Christmas tree cake mold. It’s not that I’ve never seen a Christmas tree shaped cake pan before, I just wasn’t expecting to find one in the Middle East. Especially amazing was that is was only one Dinar (that’s about $2.65!) I may or may not have actually screamed a little bit out of excitement! But we got home and I tucked it away, waiting until a bit closer to Christmas to use it.
Then a few nights ago, we went to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at my husband’s job. They put together a wonderful celebration complete with fake snow, a visit from Santa, a live nativity, and a real camel dressed up for Christmas. The kids were still buzzing about the event the next morning so I decided today would be a good day to pull out our tree pan and bake a cake (plus it would probably make “M” stop reminding me about the part of the evening where the Christmas camel pooped on us while trying to take a picture with him. Yeah, it was gross!)
I didn’t really feel like making a cake from scratch, so I pulled out a box of cake mix and some food coloring. I’ve seen this on several blogs, but I’ve been dying to try these rainbow cakes/cupcakes. Since I was only able to find red and green color at Lulu’s, I thought it was the perfect time to try a Christmas version of the rainbow cake.
There really is no recipe (especially since I used a box cake mix.) All you do is divide the batter, color each and alternate pouring the colors into the mold and bake as directed. I thought it turned out pretty cool, but I did learn a few things over the last few days:
1. Don’t get too excited about baking a cake that you forget to grease the cake pan, even if it is silicone.
2. Don’t try to take pictures of food the kids will actually want to eat while they are actually around. They will just whine, cry and try to stick their fingers in every shot.
3. Don’t try to take pictures of a Christmas camel while standing close to it’s rear-end. It’s just gross.