I learned a valuable lesson (again) while making this cake... it is very important to chill after icing each layer. I did not follow my own advice and this sucker started to ooze. Layers were shifting in one directing like a small sugary mudslide. I literally thought I was going to lose the orange layer completely. Fortunately, my dear Friend Meagan (also the mother of the birhtday girl) was gracious and wonderful and loved the cake, ooze and all!
I purchased a 4-pack of Wilton gel food colors in pastel Rose, Blue, Green, and Yellow and they turned out great. Super saturated and so fun. I added the dots to coordinate with the party colors. Plus, it helped catch the eye and detract from the side that was not-so-pretty (and not pictured!).