Rainbow Cake baker to Birds fans: Stick a fork in it!
There's been more rain than rainbows for the Orioles for 12 straight seasons. Not this year. Not with Roy G. Biv in the lineup.
Rainbow Cake is coming to Camden Yards.
No matter what happens on the field, Attman's Deli will serve the multi-colored confection out of the restaurant it opens tomorrow in Oriole Park.
Seedless raspberry jam is sandwiched between layers of yellow cake and covered with a dark chocolate icing. (Another version swaps out the jam for more icing.) It looks like an oversized petit four.
It is not for the feint of food coloring. Each layer of cake is a different hue -- nearly, but not quite, one for every color of the rainbow. Red, orange, yellow, green and blue. No indigo, no violet, and the red looks more like pink.
Close enough, perhaps, to bring a little sunshine to the Birds.
Attman's buys the cake from Baltimore wholesaler Gourmet Bakery Inc. Bakery owner Allan Taylor said the cake is a Charm City specialty associated with the city's kosher bakeries. He thinks it was created about 40 years ago, but he didn't know whom to credit with the invention.
Rainbow Cake is one of the bakery's most popular items, said Taylor, who supplies delis, bagel shops, hospitals and hotels.
"It appeals to everybody," he said.
Including baseball fans? It's not exactly finger food.
Even Taylor wonders how it will fly with fans who, instead of sitting down in Attman's, opt to eat in their stadium seats.
"It certainly is an extremely popular item in Baltimore," he said. "Whether people are going to want to eat a piece of Rainbow Cake versus peanuts or Cracker Jack or cotton candy, we'll see."
His suggestion: "I would think you should definitely use a fork."
Photo courtesy of Gourmet Bakery