[UPDATE: YAYYY ! So happy that marriage equality has been achieved in Ireland ! So proud to be Irish and to have contributed in a small way in the changing of Ireland for the better! <3]
If you came here just for a rainbow cake recipe, then a rainbow cake recipe you will get! It’s down the bottom, but hey, why not listen to what I’ve got to say first?
It’s 2015. We have computers, extremely large fruit, electric cars. But we don’t have marriage equality? We can shop online, do our banking, talk to people across the globe all on the same little device, but a man cannot marry a man and a woman can’t marry a woman. We are in the 21st century, yet the marriage of two people of the same sex is not recognised by the state. I can’t quite understand this. People fight for world peace; years ago people fought for women to have the right to vote, for black people to be treated the same as white. And now we have another battle to fight. A battle that shouldn’t be happening, as the ability to marry the person you love should be a right and not a privilege.
In Ireland on May 22nd, voting will take place for the Same-Sex Marriage Referendum. Sadly, there will be a lot of people voting no. I don’t get why not everyone feels that all people should be free to marry the person that they love. People think the only function of marriage is to bring children into the world. In reality though, not every heterosexual couple have children. A gay couple can foster a child, use a surrogate or IVF treatment, and soon in Ireland they will be able to adopt. They can give a child love, nurture, a loving family home. They may not be able to create a life from both of their flesh and blood, but what they can do is provide love, support and a home for a child who wasn’t given they life they deserve when they first entered the world.
It is sad to think that in a world fighting for equality, a simple right is being denied to people whose only difference is they happen to be in love with someone who is the same gender as them. It is not harming anyone else, so why do people feel it is so wrong? Love has no concept of gender, race or religion. Love does not have restrictions or certain requirements. Love is love.
It is so important to make your vote count so your child can have the right to marry who they love no matter if they’re part of the LGBT community or not. So that your son or daughter, your neighbours, the person who serves you in your local take away, your niece or nephew, the person you just smiled at in the street can one day stand next to their husband or wife, not their ‘civil partner’. Not too long ago inter racial marriage was frowned at, it was not possible in Ireland for a catholic to marry a protestant. Hopefully one day people will look back on 2015 as the year that changed the future for gay people in Ireland. The year that Ireland said yes to marriage equality and didn’t place a barrier in front of love. It may not change the bullying in schools or workplaces, the names thrown around on the street, but it will be a huge leap in the right direction for Ireland and its LGBT community. Hopefully one day we will all be able to spend the rest of our lives with our husband or wife, not just our ‘partner’.
On May 22nd I will head to the polling booth and I will vote YES! I will be happy in the knowledge that my vote cancelled out a no vote and that I had contributed a small bit to the changing of Ireland for the better. Then I will come home and enjoy some cake and have a drink with my friends (because who doesn’t love cake?) and hope that one day we will all be able to get married to the person that we love, be it a man or a woman.
Makes; one pretty tall 9inch cake
525g caster sugar
525g self raising flour
3tsp baking powder
3tsp vanilla extract
6 gel food colourings (i use wilton)
*When i make rainbow cake, i divide this recipe into 3 and bake 2 layers at a time. It is time consuming, but I find it makes it a hella lot easier.. and why make things harder for yourself*
– Preheat your oven to 180c (160c fan oven/ 350f).
– Put the butter and sugar into an electric stand mixer and beat until light, pale and fluffy.
– Add the eggs and 1tbsp flour one at a time, beating after each egg. (The mixture may look like it’s going to split, but it will be fine when all the flour is added).
– Add in the remaining flour and baking powder a bit at a time until completely mixed through.
– Mix through the vanilla and milk.
– Split the mixture into 6 bowls (or 2 if you’re doing the recipe in thirds). Add a bit of food colouring to each bowl, until you get the colour you want.
– Add each bowl of batter to separate greased and lined 9inch cake tins.
– Bake for about 16 mins each, until a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the cake.
– Cool in the tin for about 10 mins, then turn them out onto a wire rack. (This is where youre better off doing it in thirds, unless you have a load of cooling racks)!
– Trim the top off each cake with a bread knife so they all have a flat top.
– Place 2 scoops of frosting between each layer and spread flat. ( i use an ice-cream scoop). Then cover the outside and top in a thin layer of frosting.
– Chill the cake for 10 minutes in the fridge.
– Completely cover the cake in the remaining frosting, smoothing it out.
– Decorate as you like.
1kg icing sugar
2tsp vanilla extract
– Place the butter in an the bowl of a mixer and beat on high speed for a few minutes until pale and smooth.
– SIFT in the icing sugar a cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
– Beat in the vanilla extract and the milk (you may not need all).
*If you’re not using straight away, store in an airtight container in the fridge.