Over the rainbow, desert style.Gather Journal Orange Anise Sand Jar Cake
We took a nostalgic cue from rainbow sand art jars for our anise-laced cake, merging desert-born colors into its undulating bands. The result? A psychedelic swirl of teal, red, brown, and ochre.
serves 10 to 12
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 9-inch cake pan, then line bottom with a round of parchment paper.
Whisk together flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda.
In a larger bowl, whisk brown sugar and eggs until smooth, then stir in milk, oil, juice, zest, and extract. Stir dry ingredients into wet ones until just combined.
Divide between bowls depending on the colors you’re using and color the batters. (We used teal, beet red, brown, and ochre.) Avoid over-stirring the batters.
Spoon 2 Tbsp batter into the center of lined pan. Then take a different color and spoon 2 Tbsp over the first like a bull’s-eye. Keep going, alternating colors as you choose, spooning into center until you’ve used all batter.
Bake until cake is firm to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean, 50-60 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 30 minutes in the pan and then invert the cake onto a plate, remove parchment, and invert cake right-side up onto a rack to cool completely.