Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Firecracker Cake

Firecracker Cake
  • White Cake Baking Mix
  • Red and Blue food coloring
  • White frosting of choice
  • Sprinkles
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease the inside of a 12-cup fluted bundt cake pan.
  2. Make cake mix according to packaged directions. [b]Tip:[/b] [i]To cut down on fat, substitute the oil with applesauce.[/i]
  3. Pour 1 cup batter each into two separate bowls. Stir in desired amount of red food coloring in one bowl and blue food coloring in another. Mix well.
  4. Pour the red batter into the bottom of the pan and spread it out evenly with the back end of a spoon.
  5. Gently pour the white batter over the top of the red batter covering completely. If needed, use the back end of a clean spoon to spread out the batter.
  6. Carefully pour the blue batter over the center of the white batter. The blue batter does not need to completely cover the white batter. In fact, it looks best if you pour the blue in the center of the white and not have it spread out.
  7. Bake according to cake package directions or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool 5 mins in pan before inverting cake onto baking rack to cool completely.
  9. Meanwhile, evenly divide frosting into 3 separate microwavable bowls. Microwave one bowl of frosting on high for a few seconds until frosting is of a drizzling consistency. Stir in a few drops of blue food coloring until smooth. Using a spoon, drizzle frosting back and forth over cake creating a striped pattern. Repeat with second bowl using white frosting, and third bowl with red food coloring.
  10. Light sprinkle the sprinkles for garnishment.
  11. Let stand at room temperature until frosting is set. Transfer to a clean cake plate before serving.
To celebrate, let’s eat some cake. But this isn’t any ordinary cake. It’s a 4th of July Firecracker Cake! The perfect festive dessert to entertain a crowd on Independence day!
All you gotta do is use a pre-made white cake baking mix (or if you are a made-from-scratch-kind-of-gal, use a white cake recipe of your choice). Make the cake batter as usual, then separate one cup of batter into one bowl stirring in red food coloring until desired color is reached. Scoop another cup of batter into a separate bowl and stir in blue food coloring until desired color is reached.
Next, we’re going to layer the batter. Start by pouring the red batter in the bottom of the bundt cake pan. Give the pan a little tap and shake to smooth out the batter. Then add the white batter making sure to entirely cover the red batter. And lastly, pour the blue food coloring over the white batter. The blue batter doesn’t need to cover the white batter. In fact, when your cake comes out, it looks better when you don’t.
Bake according to your cake mix instructions. Look how beautiful the cake came out! A little puffier than I wanted, but it’s still moist and beautifully set.
Lastly, divide your frosting up into three equal parts. You’ll want to “melt” your frosting in the microwave for a few seconds on high to make it of a drizzling consistency. Mix red food coloring in one bowl, blue in another, and with a spoon or fork, drizzle the frosting over the cake, zig-zagging back and forth as you go to form a striped pattern. Throw on a few sprinkles and you’ve got yourself a 4th of July Firecracker Cake! \
So cute. So fun. So festive.


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