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she’s a rainbow

If boxed cake mix and canned frosting had a love child, her name would be Chelsea.

Oh, and she would have a sister – Christina Tosi, the brilliant pastry chef of Momofuku Milk Bar.

And their favorite flavor would be……….

Funfetti.

birthday layer cake, milk bar

Yes, this child of mine, while appreciating all fine baked goods (both mine and others), also enjoys her some Funfetti.

As for Ms. Tosi:

“What’s better than box cake, you might ask? Nothing, actually. All I really want for breakfast, lunch or dinner is box cake and its amazing wealth of by-products…..We undertook the recipe development task of re-creating my favorite, and the ultimate birthday box cake, Funfetti, from scratch.”

I was alarmed to read this at first, but then I reminded myself that this was the same mind that created Crack Pie and Cornflake Crunch. And of course, I succumbed.

birthday layer cake, milk bar

She calls this cake a “dream come true”, and I knew that this would be Chelsea’s 21st birthday cake – and a dream come true for her, too.

Here are the components:

Birthday cake.

Birthday cake soak.

Birthday cake crumb.

Birthday cake frosting.

birthday layer cake, milk bar

birthday layer cake, milk bar

I’m not even joking. So needless to say there will be no recipe today as it’s too much to post here (even for me!).  Just get the book already! Update: I posted the recipe – here it is!

Or enjoy these pictures and wish my lovely girl a happy 21st birthday.

She is MY rainbow.

birthday layer cake, milk bar

If you’re new here, you can read more about my “sweet and salty” daughter in the post I wrote for her 20th birthday…………

birthday layer cake, milk bar

birthday layer cake, milk bar

25 Comments

  1. Jenny - Sugar Loco on June 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    First off, GORGEOUS cake! Second, as much as i love funfetti, rainbow chip has my name all over it. I bet this could be made with, dare i say, both??????



    • sherisilver on June 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Why not!? 🙂



  2. Jennifer Cullen on June 4, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday to Chelsea! That cake looks fabulous. Bet it tastes good for breakfast too.



    • sherisilver on June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Oh, I wouldn’t know about having it for breakfast. Nope.



  3. Kate on June 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    It turned out wonderfully! What’s funny is I was at a birthday party yesterday and they served the same cake. Happy birthday to your daughter!



    • sherisilver on June 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks so much – she LOVED it! 🙂



  4. Sandra on June 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

    ANY cake is good for breakfast!

    Happy Birthday Chelsea! Save a piece for all of us!



  5. Michelle on June 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    And I had to read this on the day I’m contemplating the 30 day smoothie challenge. That looks so much better than blended spinach! Happy Birthday to your daughter!



    • sherisilver on June 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Ouch. Sorry?



  6. Christa the BabbyMama on June 4, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Ooh, that looks divine!



  7. Brittni on June 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Oh, that looks SO good. Happy birthday to Chelsea.



  8. sherisilver on June 4, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks so much ladies! 🙂



  9. Leslie on June 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Happy Birthday to Chelsea! My 21-year-old would like that cake too.



  10. Leslie on June 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Happy Birthday, Chelsea!!!!
    What a wonderful looking cake! Enjoy 🙂



    • sherisilver on June 4, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you! 🙂



  11. jordan on June 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    OH my word that looks delicious.



    • sherisilver on June 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you – it truly was! 🙂



  12. Lisa on June 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Awe, Sheri – what a touching post! And the result looks amazing! I’m sure she loved her “dream come true” rainbow cake! Happy (belated) 21st birthday, Chelsea! I hope you had a wonderful celebration!



    • sherisilver on June 6, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! She loved it (and we’re STILL celebrating so you’re not late!)



  13. Drew on June 6, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Awesome photos, Sheri. That looks really good. You are much more ambitious than I am with those Milk Bar recipes. I love the lettering on top too. Happy belated birthday, Chelsea.



  14. sherisilver on June 6, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks Drew – my daughter brings it out in me ;)!



  15. Nads Leal on November 27, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Where is the recipe?



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