The Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 was adapted into the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. It is an American classic and one of my favorite movies. The story begins when we meet young, orphaned Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto living on her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry’s farm somewhere in Kansas. Dorothy longs for a life, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” But her life is in Kansas. Then suddenly, the adventure begins.
Riding her bicycle on a dirt road heading in the direction of home, Dorothy has the misfortune of bumping into the dour Miss Elvira Gulch. Toto misbehaves during the encounter and nips Miss Gulch on the ankle. Later, Miss Gulch confronts Dorothy’s Aunt Em and Uncle Henry about the impetuous Dorothy and insists that she be punished by taking Toto away from her. The implication is that she wants to put poor Toto to sleep.
Well, that does not sit well with Dorothy so she decides the best course of action is to run away from home. Along the way, she has the great fortune of meeting a rather worn, elderly performer with the distinction of being named Professor Marvel. He is just about to eat his dinner when Dorothy appears out of nowhere. It is apparent that she is hungry and tired so he invites her to join him and then surprises her by telling her fortune. You see, he has the ability to look into the future and persuades Dorothy to return to the farm which is her home and where she belongs before the big storm hits.
There is a twister in the makings. Dorothy arrives at the farm and finds everyone has already sought shelter. Clutching Toto in her arms, Dorothy is unable to open the door to the storm cellar to join her family. While she struggles against the wind, her head is bumped by a passing shutter that was torn off her house. She is looses her footing and gives up trying to gain entrance to the storm caller.
She heads back into the house and falls over her bed and drifts into unconsciousness. When she opens her eyes we are privileged to see the absolutely wondrous scene of Munchkin Land bursting into color on the big screen. It is truly a gleaming cinematic gem. Every time I see it, I am awed by the transformation from the black and white frames to the vast rainbow of colors presented to us in Munchkin Land.
Two major characters are introduced to us in Munchkin Land, Glinda, The Good Witch of the North and The Wicked Witch of the West. If you want to know how the story ends, you must, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road!”
For this party I decided on a BBQ featuring Professor Marvel’s grilled hot dogs served in toasted buns along with Auntie Em’s potato salad and the Scarecrow’s corn on the cob. The dessert was what really made the event spectacular. I served Wicked Witch of the West (Chocolate) and Good Witch of the North (Vanilla) cupcakes. The centerpiece was a bowl of Pistachio pudding adorned with a figuring of the Wicked Witch seemingly floating in a pool of green. This was the only decoration and it helped tie the theme together. Finally, the cake was the real attention grabber, a seven layer rainbow cake!
Rainbow Cake and the Good Witch Cupcakes Recipe
Makes one 10” cake and 12 cupcakes
Preheat oven to 350°F
2 boxes of your favorite white cake mix (You may substitute your favorite home made cake recipe if you prefer.)
Food coloring gel: purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red
Prepare you cake pans with non stick spray and set aside.
Prepare the cake mix according to the manufacturer’s directions. Set out seven small cereal bowls on your counter and scoop 1 cup of batter into each bowl. Add a few drops of the food coloring gel into each bowl to get the colors that you desire.
Next scrape the purple batter into the prepared pan using a flexible spatula to get every bit of the batter. It will be just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Smooth it with the spatula. In the second prepared pan repeat this process with the blue batter. Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake pans cool for 5 minutes and then turn the layers out onto a wire rack to complete cooling. Wash and dry the cake pans and repeat until all seven layers are done.
2 containers of your favorite white frosting (You may substitute your favorite home made frosting recipe if you prefer.)
Assembly of the cake:
Decide the order of the layers that you want to be seen when the cake is cut. In this rainbow cake the bottom layer is purple. Place the Purple layer on a cake plate and then frost the top with white butter-cream frosting. Then place the blue layer on top and frost until all seven layers are stacked. Frost the sides and top of the cake in any color that you choose. I chose white because I wanted the colors of the rainbow to pop. I added little yellow flowers with green centers along the border as a wink and a nod to the Yellow Brick Road leading to the Emerald City. Decorate as you wish and serve.
Note: The seven layers will not use all of the batter. There will be enough batter left over to bake approximately 12 cupcakes. I tinted mine bright pink and baked them in pink foil liners for 25 minutes. I frosted the cupcakes with the white butter-cream frosting and added pink and white sugar pearls with a sprinkle of pink sugar crystals to create an elegant take on Glinda’s gown.
This is a time consuming cake to bake and assemble but it is well worth the effort because when the cake is cut your guests will be very surprised.