Thursday, June 27, 2013

Red, White and Blue 4th of July Bundt Cake

By Christy

Happy early 4th of July! I am so excited about the 4th this year because I am actually celebrating twice: this weekend with some of my family and next weekend with my closest friends. I can't wait! I got so excited as I was packing my bag this evening that I decided, "Why not bake a 4th of July cake?" lol

This cake is super simple, but looks really pretty! Using food coloring and layered cake batter and icing creates a fun and cool effect that taste great too! If you remember, Mom did a version of this exact type of thing but in cupcakes last year. I'm just showing you additional creative ways to display a simple, traditional white cake with white icing.


Cake:
Prepare any white cake mix
Red and Blue Food coloring

Take the cake batter once prepared and split into 3 equal portions. Add red food coloring to one bowl of batter and mix until well combined. Add blue food coloring to another bowl of batter and mix until well combined. Leave 1 of the bowls of batter original, it will serve as the "white".

Using any types of cake pans, (I chose bundt). Spray the pan with cooking spray.  Pour the red batter into cake pan first and smooth over bottom. Next use the "white" cake batter, spreading it evenly over the red layer, without blending the colors. Finish up by completing the 3rd layer with blue. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until the cake passes the toothpick test.



Vanilla Icing:
I made simple buttercream icing, just like they taught me in my first cake decorating classes.

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup Crisco
1 tsp clear vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp. milk

Beat the butter and Crisco together until smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly add the 4 cups of powdered sugar until well blended. It will be very thick. Add milk and beat until smooth. Using food coloring make whatever colors you like. For this cake obviously I used red and blue. Decorate as you so choose. I used disposable icing bags but just cut the tip of the bags instead of using icing tips and thought it turned out great. Sprinkles are also a fun option to add to the top of the cake to really add that wow factor.

Happy 4th of July!

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