rainbow ice cream cake

I usually try to keep my composure on this blog, but.....AHHH LIFE IS MOVING SO QUICKLY THESE DAYS. No worries, not about to ramble off another sentimental spiel. But seriously, this past weekend has just been one milestone after another. In the course of 48 hours I have experienced senior prom, my last ever piano recital, and our youth group's senior banquet - all of which I've been anticipating since I was a wee little girl (or maybe since last year, but still).

College shirt day with my roommate/best friend Melissa on the right and good ol' Floyd in the middle
College shirt day with my roommate/best friend Melissa on the right and good ol' Floyd in the middle
Good times, good company
Good times, good company

I was sitting in Spanish class today when someone mentioned that we have only ten days left of high school. Somehow I just cannot wrap my mind around that. I feel like all the seniors have had this mentality of having one foot out the door since the first day of senior year, yet I still feel caught off-guard.

Anyways, some of you are probably just wondering where the food at. Don't worry, getting there. Three of my favorite people in the world had birthdays this past week - my dad and two of my closest friends, Ashley and Ji Whae! Ji Whae requested these cupcakes and I'll cover Ashley's birthday in the next post, so we'll start with my dad.

We were missing the 5 candle so we had to improvise...
We were missing the 5 candle so we had to improvise...

So what exactly does a 50-something year-old Korean man request for his birthday dessert?

A rainbow cake, because "that is how I want our future to be." (Had to ask him to clarify that one...I think he meant full of hope. Very cute, dad.) Not surprisingly, this is the second time he has requested a rainbow cake for his birthday. The first instance was several years back and was a mild failure. It split down the middle like the Grand Canyon and resulted in a crying Caitlin and one-fourth of a cake. Not too shabby.

Consequently, from that day on I have learned to always level my cake layers. I am no cake professional, but my cakes stay intact. Thank the Lord.

To achieve rainbow cake redemption, this year I resolved to go all out with my first-ever ice cream cake! The process was actually much easier than I had anticipated. I attribute this to...

(a) laziness, meaning cake layers were made Betty Crocker style (a.k.a. with a cake mix) (b) the wonders of Cool Whip frosting, and (c) it's actually just a pretty simple process.

So yes, nothing was from scratch but it tasted like a party in my mouth and my dad was ecstatic, which was all that really mattered in the end. The only thing I would do differently is to eat less of the ice cream out of the carton and save it for the ice cream layer.

Here's a link to the video tutorial I used! Feel free to use whatever cake/ice cream combination your heart desires.

-ck