Cake has feature heavily in the history of LGBT+ communities.
Firstly you have the idea that being bisexual is having your cake and eating it (with the implications sometimes being that bisexuals are indiscriminate, greedy or lazy) which while some bisexuals have embraced the cake idea, some, other have wanted to get the hell away from it.
The other group which has totally jumped on the cake wagon (nom…cake wagon…) is the online asexual community. AVEN welcomes new members with cake, even though no one is quite sure where it comes from it has become one of the symbols of asexuality.
Also cake is just generally awesome. I don’t think I could love someone who didn’t love cake. So I pleaded to be allowed to post about baking on this blog, because it really should be part of our agenda if it is not already. And I have some recipes and ideas that may make it more likely.
Numbero UNO: RAINBOW CAKE!!
Yes. A cake which is a rainbow. This has also been called “pride cake” or “mystery cake” (when covered in plain icing.) It is super simple and super tasty. It could also be really easily adapted for whatever pride flag or colours you like.
You will need:
- 2 x 20cm cake pans (or different sizes but you may need to adjust timings)
- Food colourings (paste or liquid) red, yellow, blue, purple (hard to mix), green and orange if you like but they come out ok when mixed.
- Plain icing (packet or be fancy and do a frosting)
- 200g each of: self raising flour, caster sugar, soft butter,
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) baking powder
- 4 eggs beaten
- Turn oven to 190/gas mark 5 (slightly less for fan ovens)
- Combine the flour, sugar, butter, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl. Beat until it is soft and smooth.
- Divide the mixture into 6 smaller bowls and add food colourings. The colours will be stronger when it is cooked but don’t make them too weak, unless you really like your pastels.
- Go wild! Splodge the mixture into pre-greased tins or silicone pans. Don’t worry about prettiness here.
- Pop in the oven on the middle shelf for 20 mins (check the first time you make it as it may take a little more or less time. Check by using a clean skewer, if it comes out clean it is done.)
- Turn off the oven and leave the cake to cool on a cooking rack. Don’t eat it yet.
- If you are doing a double layer cake when it is cool, sandwich the two together with jam/buttercream/nutella/whatever you like.
- Otherwise, once it is cool cover it in your plain icing as a disguise and decorate as you wish.
- Serve it to your friends and allow your cake to “come out” and show its true colours!
I will be back again if people want be to be exploring my adventures making macarons in different flavours (more pictures next time!)