Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake

This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper!  Plus it’s totally delicious!This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper! Plus it's totally delicious!

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Do you guys get really into song lyrics?

I do.  Like unreasonably into them.  Like I find a song that I like and then I meld it into my life.  Which is a little ridiculous because I listen to top 40 radio stations all the time, and most of those songs are written by people who are basically tweens going through break ups.

#sonotmylife

This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper! Plus it's totally delicious!

One of my favorite songs that took on a seriously deep meaning for me was the song Run by Snow Patrol.  It totally became into a song about Elliot.  (You can read the full lyrics here.)  Some of the lyrics are

Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you dear

Whenever I hear it, I’m immediately taken back to the moments before Elliot died.  When I was holding him in my arms and whispering to him how much I loved him.  How everything was going to be okay.  How it was okay to leave us.  We would be alright.  We wouldn’t let his death ruin our lives, we wouldn’t let his mark on our lives be tragedy.

This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper! Plus it's totally delicious!

Elliot has been on my mind a ton lately.  For a lot of reasons, big and small.

The biggest of all being that someone close to Nathan and I told us recently, in no uncertain terms, that since it has been five years it is time for us to move on from Elliot’s death.

This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper! Plus it's totally delicious!

I think at some point this will become a larger post titled “What Not to Say to Someone Who is Grieving,” (it’s a little ridiculous that I have a list), but this week, when Elliot is on my mind so strongly I feel compelled to share this with you.

Grief is a very tricky thing.  It comes in waves.  It attacks when you don’t expect it . . . and very very often when it seems like it should have left you for good.

Someone much much smarter than me said that we should be kind to others as everyone is fighting some sort of battle.  Someone else very smart said something along the lines of how important it is to be kinder to others than is expected.

While it has been more than five years since I whispered my goodbyes to Elliot, and while I’m a very functioning grieving mom, I am still grieving.  Like a lost limb, I have learned to function without my second born, but that doesn’t make him any less missed.

This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper! Plus it's totally delicious!

Ummm . . . should we talk about this Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake now?  It is entirely unrelated to Elliot’s death or my grief and will likely earn me a “We just want the recipe” comment, but I kind of love that it is the recipe that goes with this post.

Because rainbows are so happy.  And sugar cookies are seriously happy.  And cookie cakes are just over the top.

This cake is a lot easier than you would think.  It’s basically the best sugar cookie recipe, divided, dyed, and haphazardly thrown into a springform pan.  You won’t get even layers, but that’s totally fine, because as you can see it still pulls off it’s rainbowness perfectly.

Enjoy, friends.  And please be kind.

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Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 14 TBSPS butter (1 3/4 stick) at room temperature
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • food coloring
  • vanilla frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 inch springform pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. With your mixer on medium, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the eggs (one at a time) and then the vanilla until well combined.
  5. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until well combined, with your mixer set to low. Scrape down the paddle and the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Divide the dough evenly into six bowls and mix with the colors of the rainbow. Starting with the purple dough, press it into the bottom of the pan as evenly as possible. Work your way up through the rainbow dough. The layers will not be completely even or perfect, but that's okay.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Top with vanilla frosting and serve with whipped cream.
http://www.wineandglue.com/2016/03/rainbow-sugar-cookie-cake.html

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This Rainbow Sugar Cookie Cake is a show stopper! Plus it's totally delicious!

Comments

  1. says

    This is beautiful. Grieve on, mama. For the rest of your life. Because even that amount of time will never, ever heal the hole that I’m sure you feel for Elliot every single day. And even through that pain, you are still a ray of sunshine in my life and nobody has the right to ever judge you or tell you it is time to be done! Love you, friend. XOXO P.S. I love this cookie cake. And the fudge at the end of the post. You are rocking the rainbow food and it makes me so happy!

  2. says

    I don’t think the loss of a child is something that could ever “leave for good.” I have been studying the scriptures lately about death, mourning, and the afterlife, and one thing that someone said on the topic really struck me. It was something like, if we didn’t have sorrow at death, that means that there was no love in life. You and Elliot clearly had a special love for each other, and I don’t think it’s strange or weird or unexpected for you to still mourn the loss. Lots of hugs.

  3. says

    Honey, you are so right. Everyone should be nicer than is expected. And you have every right to grieve. It would be weird if you ever stopped completely. Elliot is your child. I can’t even imagine that loss, but I do know that it is not something that goes away, the hurt may just not be as close to the surface with time. And you are an amazing human being who brings light to so many. Preach on. And thank you! I feel blessed to know you.

  4. Teri Giese says

    Hi Lisa! While it is so true that all of us has something out of sync in our lives, as a mom to four grown daughters, I can never nor could I bear to imagine the loss of any of them!One can never totally just move on from such a thing.Our children are literally part of us. My girls, 3of them, live 3,000miles away from me. The 18 year old baby is still home.I miss her just due to she is growing away from me in her independence! Bless you sweet little mommy,there is no time limit to grievance. All are unique in that. Hugs surround you every day! Getting your blog for awhile, and love your recipes, but also learning about you and your life. The YUMS are a bonus!!! God Bless!

  5. says

    Anyone who puts a time limit on grieving probably hasn’t been through a loss that shakes them to the core. Some passings are expected and therefore manageable, but the loss you had is something that no parent should ever have to go through. There is no getting over that, and there is no “still” in grieving. I hope people are kind and understanding and not completely inept about that.
    Gorgeous cookie cake, of course. But even better heartfelt thoughts. Thanks, Lisa!

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