A Cake, a Course and Colours!

The course Entrepreneurship at IBA is quite legendary, made so because of the final presentation which pushes the boundary of creativity of all groups. The myths and urban folklores a fresher at IBA hears about this particular presentation comes to life in the third year and for us that was January 2014.

You might be thinking where and how does a RAINBOW CAKE fit into a business presentation? It does. Especially when your course instructor loves colours!

Needless to say a six layered cake for a person who had never attempted to make more than a 2 layered cake, was quite an ambitious task. On top of that that there were some key constraints, I had one 9 inch round baking pan, an oven that could only fit one cake at a time and due to the political turmoil at that time there was a shortage of butter in the market. So I knew I had no scope to fool around, I needed to plan this out to the T.

Wasting no time, I sat down with the recipe and with the concentration of a student giving a math exam, did all the calculations I had to do in order to make optimum use of my resources. Moreover, I had to substitute butter with oil which required more research.
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I halved the recipe so I’d have to bake 3 layers at a time. I divided the batter into three bowls, measuring them on the way to make sure they are fairly equal and then mixed in the colours. I started baking with the lightest colour because you don’t want to start with a darker colour and get your lighter coloured batters stained.  And I have no shame in admitting that I took help from my aunt about which colours to mix to make yellow and violet. Arts and crafts aren’t my thing. By this point it really did feel like I was conducting a science experiment more than baking a cake.

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As annoying as it was to wash the pans and baking utensils in between baking each layer, it was all forgotten when I ended up with six wonderfully colourful layers of cake.

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I wrapped them babies up in clingfilm and called it a night. Next day, I made the ever so lovely Swiss Meringue Buttercream and applied a stingy layer of crumb coat. Stingy because if this ran out there would be no more buttercream as I used up all the butter I had and there was none to be found in the market .For the final coating of buttercream I thought of giving a  pastel swirl effect using yellow at the bottom, white in the middle and green on top. The finishing wasn’t too smooth but it’s what’s inside that counts right? In this case quite literally.

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Finally, came the moment of truth, I was so nervous about how the layers would look. I dipped the knife in hot water and went for it (knife dipped in hot water=cleaner cake slices).There it was…..a beautiful six layered rainbow cake which I could not believe I made. It truly was a proud moment for me.

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I took it to IBA on the day of our presentation, shout out to my brother who made a nice box to cover the tall cake. Equipped with a short drama, 3 parody songs and wearing parrot green sarees and shirts, for 15mins of our lives we put aside our dignities and performed…the most ridiculous but fun show of our IBA lives, ending it with the unveiling of the Rainbow Cake. Although I had to spend the next 30mins after our presentation cutting and distributing the mighty cake,seeing my batchmates fighting for seconds of my cake and hearing the great compliments from them, I’d do it all over again. (but then don’t take my word for it….:p )

-Z