Skittle Cake!

Last week one of my nephews turned 16 and I volunteered to make the cake for him. He wanted a Skittle cake which are in abundance on the internet. I didn’t just want it to look like a Skittle package, though, I wanted it to taste like a Skittle. Here’s what I came up with.

Warning: If you decide to do this, set aside the whole day. I worked from 9-5 on it. (Unless you’re a pastry chef then it’s probably easy peasy.)

Skittle Cake

1 box Pillsbury Funfetti Cake mix (and the required eggs, water and oil to make it)
3 boxes different flavors Jello

Lemon Butter Frosting (You’ll have to make this twice)

4 cups powdered sugar
1 stick butter
¼ cup lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
food coloring

1 package (24 oz) red fondant icing

Bake cake according to directions in a 9”x13” pan. Remove from pan after ten minutes out of the oven and cool completely. Place back in pan and poke holes all over cake. Make Jello flavors according to directions except don’t refrigerate. While Jello is still warm pour over different spots of the cake, filling in the holes. You will not use all the Jello for this, probably only a third of each flavor. Refrigerate cake for 3-4 hours. I poured all the remaining Jello into one bowl and refrigerated it too :)

In medium bowl, cream half of sugar with butter. Slowly pour in lemon juice and remaining sugar and salt (you may have to add more liquid, either lemon juice or water by the teaspoonful to get it to the consistency you want). Remove cake from pan. Frost with Lemon Butter frosting. Roll out fondant into a 10”x14” rectangle. Lay over frosted cake and trim excess. Make another batch of frosting. Reserve some white for the word “Skittle” then equal parts yellow, orange, green, blue, purple. I used a star tip for everything but the small lettering. If you want to really lay out a lot of money, you can buy premade fondant of all the colors to decorate the cake. You can also make your own fondant, but I never like how red turns out. Mine always looks pink.

Cut off one corner and spread with frosting. Pour out a bunch of Skittles.


Solstice Spiced Coffee

Welcome to the Winter Solstice Blog Hop hosted by the Pagan Writers Press! Everyone in the Hop is giving something away, so please be sure to check out the other blogs!

Here at Enchanted Spark, we are all about inspiring others. When invited to join the blog hop, I first thought I’d do a flash fiction story taking place on the solstice, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to post a recipe to give readers energy and inspire them through the rest of winter. I’m proud to say this recipe only took me one try to get right. Usually I slave over these things. I’m writing the magical attribute next to the ingredients.

Solstice Spiced Coffee
(for energy, love and prosperity through the winter)

2 rounded teaspoons instant coffee
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (prosperity)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (prosperity)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (divided) (love)
2 teaspoons maple syrup (divided)
boiling water

In a small bowl mix together coffee, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar. Divide evenly into two coffee mugs. Pour six ounces of boiling water into each mug and stir. Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon maple syrup to each mug and stir. Enjoy with a friend!

The book I’m promoting has nothing to do with winter solstice, although if you stretch the theme to include anything about the sun, then mine is perfect 😉 A Sunset Finish is about a violin, a ghost, and a romance:

Stephanie Minagawa travels to Albuquerque as a last resort for her music career, only to have her violin split apart in the arid air. When she takes it to a repair shop on the pueblo, she enters a world of spirits and yearning. Her body is taken over by the ghost of the craftsman’s dead wife, and she must decide between the quiet death she’s longed for, or claiming a new life of music and love.

The first three people who give me the title of their favorite winter food in the comment section will receive a free e-copy of A Sunset Finish in whatever format you need.

Happy Solstice!

Please visit the other blogs in the Pagan Writers Press Blog Hop!