Before I talk about the redemption of sheet cakes, I want to talk about the significance of this Rainbow Cake. The coronavirus pandemic created a lot of fear and uncertainty for people all over the world. And during this time, a lot of people stepped up to help those in need - but no group has done more than the health care workers. No matter how bad things got, they continued to show up. Continued to do all they could for those who were sick. And as someone who has friends in this field, I know how scary and exhausting it has been for so many of them.
As rainbows have become the unofficial sign of hope during the pandemic, this cake felt like the perfect way to honor all of those who have worked their butts off during this time.
So this cake is dedicated to my friends Emily and Ruchi and all the health care professionals who have risked their lives on the frontline of this fight. I am in awe of your bravery and determination and I just wanted to say thank you for everything you have done. We appreciate it more than you know.
Now, let’s talk about sheet cake.
I will be the first to admit that I was once a layered cake SNOB. I thought they were FAR superior to their boring and lame sheet cake cousins. That there was no way a sheet cake could ever be as visually impressive as a layered cake. And it turns out, I was wrong.
Sheet cakes are kind of the bomb.
First of all, I loathe washing cake pans. You have to hand wash them all and then you have to make sure all the little cake remnants are out of every little bit of that baby. It sucks. So the fact that I can create a stunning sheet cake without having to stack my sink full of dirty cake pans is a WIN. You actually don’t need any fancy equipment at all for a sheet cake. You literally just need a sheet pan. (These are my favorite sheet pans). And if you put parchment paper down properly (meaning it covers the inside edges of the sheet pan) the cleanup is So easy.
If the avoidance of cake pan washing wasn’t enough, sheet cakes are also easy to transport (as someone who has endured many stressful cake deliveries this is a BIG plus), and they are great for serving a crowd. This one sheet cake can easily serve 25-30 people. To do that with a stacked cake, it would need to be at LEAST 12 inches. Do you have 12 inch cake pans? Because I definitely don’t. That size is for wedding cakes - not home bakers.
I know right now group gatherings are a big N-O. But when the world gets back to normal I want you to keep this sheet cake in mind. Or even better, make one for your friend’s birthday and drop it off at her front door! And if you want to make it for just your family (or just yourself), you can easily freeze the extra cake pieces and save them for later!
*Makes 36 servings of cake
That story of the girl made me tear up a little. Thank you for doing this, it's amazing! Your amazing!
I'm glad I am not the only one who got a little emotional about it!
This is so cute. You and Rosanna Pansino are my favorite bakers by far! I love your creations!
That is so sweet Kylee! Thank you!
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