We invited Julesie over today for a late birthday celebration, which meant one thing: Rainbow Cake! I make rainbow cake for all of our special family occasions; it’s a family tradition that our mom started when we were little ones. One of the most memorable cakes our mom ever made was for Julesie’s third (we think) birthday: it was Cookie Monster. The reason we (and some of our relatives) still talk about that cake today is because all of that dark blue icing made the entire insides of our mouths, our tongues, and our lips blue for the rest of the day. It was quite comical.

I have made Julesie a rainbow cake almost every year that she has lived in the same city/area that we do. The fun challenge for me is to figure out what shape/theme to go with for her. My goal is to make something memorable, without all the dark-blueness. Two years ago, I went with plain and simple:

The “Purvis” business? I’ll tell you where that comes from. For years, the 17-year-old refused to believe that this guy:


is named Grimace. No way, no how. He always insisted that his name was Purvis. (and in fact, he might still believe that; I haven’t asked him lately.) Where he got that, I have no idea. But the name stuck.

Last year, I went with a funkalow cake. The story on that is here, but I brought the photo to this post for your convenience.


This year? I was wracking my brain yesterday, trying to figure out what to do, when I started to think about what cake pans I have that aren’t getting used much. That’s when I remembered about good old Harry Potter.


Right after I found the Harry Potter pan that I used ONE TIME, who should ring my doorbell? Jeremy Piven*!!!!


Unfortunately, though I greased and floured the pan like I always do, the cake was especially difficult to extract from said pan, and Jeremy turned out to be a hot mess.


Luckily, that’s what a heavy layer of frosting is for: to make him pretty on the outside even if the inside isn’t squeaky clean. I decided to go ahead and go with Cookie Monster blue (almost) frosting, because, well, why not?


Here’s Jeremy after his makeover:


And with the candles? He sorta looks like an angel, don’t you think? Cue Beyonce!


I could go in all sorts of dirty directions when I tell you how Jeremy tasted, but I’ll just say that the cake was YUMMY. I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

Happy Birthday (again!) Julesie!

*Not really. I printed his picture from the internet, but it’s nearly the same thing. In my head.