For Bud’s 18th birthday, he wanted two things: to go to Benihana for dinner and to have a birthday cake in the colors of the Jamaican flag. He had signed up for Benihana’s birthday club, which made his dinner free, so I agreed to that part (see Bud’s Benihana Birthday). His girlfriend was determined to also make his special cake. It turned out so cute that we had to share the recipe with you. Note: This cake is in the colors of the Rastafarian flag, not the Jamaican flag. Oops!!
Jamaican Flag (actually Rasta) Birthday Cake
2 3/4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. salt
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
7 egg yolks
1 1/4 cups milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 batches of buttercream frosting
1 tube each red, yellow and green food coloring paste or gel
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 3 9 inch cake pans.
In large bowl or mixer, combine butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks until uniformly yellow. Beat egg yolks into butter-sugar mixture. Slowly mix in milk and vanilla, followed by the dry ingredients one at a time. Divide the mixture evenly among the 3 pans. Add one full tube of food coloring to each pan, mixing thoroughly with a wooden spoon or spatula.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert onto wire racks and let cool completely before frosting.
Frost with Buttercream Frosting (I use the Betty Crocker recipe). Decorate as you like.
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