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.)
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
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.