Pride month celebrates the impact that the LGBTQ+ community has made locally, nationally and internationally on the world. Pride month was born to honor the historic 1969 Stonewall riots that worked to achieve equal rights and equal opportunity for the community. Many gathered in front of the now iconic Stonewall Bar in NYC to stage an uprising to resist the harassment that local officials would consistently give to people that did not fit the stereotypical gender roles.
After years of reform from our government, we celebrate the milestones we have made, mourn the losses of our community, and fight for an even brighter future. Pride is a time to celebrate your uniqueness and to share with the world your light – no matter how much resistance you are met with. Today, celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, church services, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world.
Pride continues to provide young members of the LGBTQ+ community hope and happiness through celebrating their differences and reminding them that – although we have a checkered past- we continue to build each other up and move upward . Allyship is also another element that is widely celebrated. If it weren’t for our straight-identifying brothers and sisters that continue to support us, we wouldn’t be as far along as we are today.
As an out and proud gay baker, I have found my experience navigating this world as anything but difficult. Nowadays, it’s much more acceptable to be who you are with little repercussions of feeling ostracized. In fact, I enjoy sharing this part of my life because visibility is everything to an audience of people. The more normal it becomes for people to see someone like me in a world where I am the minority, the more young boys and girls will have the awareness to shine bright, too.

A commonly used image for pride is the rainbow flag and that is because the rainbow represents the diversity of the community. The now iconic rainbow flag is used in parades and parties to signify diversity and inclusion. Education is so important, as LGBTQ+ history is continuing to change through time. Though traditional rainbow colors continue to be the symbol of the movement, the pride flag has adopted even more colors like brown, black, pink, light blue and white to include black and brown members of the community and our trans and non-binary members, too! My favorite resources on this subject can be found at: www.Glaad.org.

To celebrate Pride Month, I’m sharing a recipe for a Candy Melts ganache drip. Easy to make with any color of Candy Melts candy, this ganache recipe is great for decorating pride cakes. Best of all, it requires just 2 ingredients! Make a ganache using your favorite Candy Melts candy colors, then create a colorful rainbow design by letting your colored ganache drip down the sides of your cake. No matter how you slice it, this is one pride dessert you’ll be proud to show off!

To start, you’ll need about 8 cups of buttercream frosting. Remove about 1/4 of the icing and reserve that white. We’ll use that later. Divide the remaining icing evenly among 6 bowls. Using the Color Right Concentrated Food Coloring System, color each bowl of icing until desired shade is reached (you’ll need one bowl each of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red).

Once the icing is prepped, add each color to a tipless piping bag. Begin stacking your 6 in. cake layers on a cake board by adding rainbow filling. The rainbow filling is achieved by piping circles using each colored buttercream until you reach the middle. Starting with red, pipe a line of frosting around the outer edge of your cake, then work towards the middle with the other colors (I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue, then purple in the center). You will do this twice.

To pipe the rainbow horizontal stripe technique, begin by piping rings of color up the side of the cake while you are spinning the turntable. Starting at the bottom with the purple and building up is the most helpful technique. I do the rings in numbers of two, but you will need to gauge how tall the side of your cake is to make sure every color is seen. Once you’ve reached the top, ice the top of your cake with the remaining red buttercream.
Using a bench scraper or a long offset spatula, start smoothing the sides of the cake to reveal the stripes. Every so often, scrape the excess icing off of the bench scraper into a bowl and continue smoothing until the sides of the cake reveal clean, even stripes. To clean the top edge of the cake, use a bench scraper or a small offset spatula to pull the icing on the edge of the cake towards the center.
The ganache drip is made by putting the slightly warmed ganache in a piping bag. Begin by squeezing ganache on the edges of the cake – drip by drip.
Once the sides of the cake have been covered in ganache, fill in the top of the cake with more ganache. Smooth to the edges using an offset spatula. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before piping buttercream border.

Using a Wilton Brand 1M piping tip fitted into a piping bag, take the remaining 1/4 white buttercream icing and pipe “ice cream” swirls along the top.

Finish the cake with rainbow sprinkles attached to the ganache drip and on the buttercream border and you’re finished!

Candy Melt Ganache Drip

Justin Salinas

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package White Candy Melts Candy (12 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Add the ingredients to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute. After the minute has passed, remove the bowl from the microwave and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Stir using a spatula or whisk until smooth and lump-free. If you need to pop it back in the microwave for another 15 seconds, watch it carefully because you don’t want it to burn.
  • Add candy mixture to a piping bag and allow to cool so that it is only slightly warm. Pipe the drip along the side of the cake so it falls down and then fill the space at the top of the cake.
  • With an offset spatula, smooth out the top of the cake until the ganache fully covers everything and place the cake back in the fridge to chill.