Wednesday, June 13, 2012

4th of July Fireworks Cake

 It's almost here...
that summer night when we sit on a blanket in the grass with our family,
gazing upwards in awe as fireworks shoot across the dark sky
and explode above our heads in a blaze of light and color!

Don't you just love pyrotechnics??

Here is a fun Fireworks Cake you can make for the 4th of July!


Make a white cake mix.
Divide the batter into 3 bowls.
Leave one bowl white, dye one red and one blue.

Line the bottoms of 2 eight inch cake pans with wax paper and grease the sides.
Layer the batter in your pans, dropping by spoonfuls.

For marble effect: Drag a knife through the batter, making lines in a side to side motion;
then repeat this motion going up and down.
Be careful not to mix the colors together.


 Bake your cake as directed, and cool completely.
Frost your cake with white frosting, making the top as smooth as possible.
Put the cake in the freezer for at least 45 minutes to harden the frosting.

Read a good book while you wait...

Take your cake out of the freezer.
With gel food coloring, make a line of dots from the middle of the cake to the outside edge.
Starting at the outside dot, brush over the dots toward the center with a paint brush.
Clean your brush, and repeat all the way around your cake.

Work with one color at a time, and do not overlap them.




I also pressed star shaped sprinkles into the frosting on the bottom.


Serve up some cake before the fireworks start...
Enjoy!

If you are looking for more 4th of July treats,

I link up at these fun weekly parties.

And these holiday link parties...

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52 comments:

  1. I LOVE your cake! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share it with us? Thanks, I hope to see you there!
    ---Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain---
    http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=30588

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  2. Your cake is simply STUNNING!
    It's always such an inspiration to see your beautiful work

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  3. What a beauty!! Your cakes are a work of art. Megan

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  4. Oh, my. This looks incredible!

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  5. What an attractive cake!! Looks delicious too :) Found you via Somewhat Simple!

    http://glamorousbride.blogspot.com

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  6. This is seriously awesome! Gorgeous! Love it & pinned it! I think I can even do this. :)

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  7. This is AMAZING! I love everything you do-so talented. I hope you'll link up to my Patriotic Project Parade.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/06/patriotic-project-parade-linky-party.html

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  8. LOVE this, and can't wait to try it!! Thanks so much for sharing how! ~tina

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  9. Your cakes are beautiful! Such talent! Thanks for sharing:)

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  10. Your cake is so pretty! I would love to try this! :)

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  11. This is wonderful! How festive!

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  12. What a fun cake for the 4th!!! I love the colors inside too:-)

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  13. Wow! This cake looks so cool! Love it!

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  14. Love this! Perfect for the 4th of July.

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  15. This is so beautiful! I have a 4th of July birthday, I would love to recreate this!

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  16. You keep coming up with winner after winner! LOVE the painted fireworks! I have a grandson that turns ONE on the 4th of July, and I just may have to make this cake!!!

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  17. Another perfect cake! This is so creative, as usual. What type of white frosting do you use? I'd love to try this.

    xo
    Pat

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  18. Wow, this cake is Awesome! I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  19. My six year old is sitting here saying,"Oooh, look at that cake!" I think we'll have to try this!

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  20. This is beautiful! I absolutely love it! I'd love for you to share this cake on my Tuesday Link Party!

    Sarah
    {www.naptimedelights.blogspot.com}

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  21. SUPER CUTE! Crossing my fingers you'll share at my party! Saturdays at Seven!

    XO, Aimee

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  22. love this and I will try it next week! But I am confused at the "2 eight inch pans" part. Do you eventually end up with 2 cakes or something? why 2 pans?
    thanks.

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    1. It is a layer cake, so you need a pan for each layer. If you wanted to simplify, you could bake it in one 9X13 pan instead.

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  23. Perfectly patriotic! Enjoy the fireworks on the 4th!

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  24. You need to stop being amazing. I need an ice cream cake for Bella Aug. 1st. I am nominating you. WINKS. Love your work. I also love that you have a Ryker. Now you are the 4th person I know with a son named Ryker.

    hugs, jen

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  25. This cake looks so delicious and very cute!! Thanks for sharing on our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". Hope you come back next week. -The Sisters

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  26. Did you frost your cake with regular can frosting or cool whip? Do you always put your cakes in the freezer to harden the frosting? To help it set better?

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    1. I made my favorite cream cheese frosting. Cool Whip would be too soft for this design. I put this cake in the freezer because I didn't want my paint brush to press into the frosting. Hope this helps! :0)

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    2. So you normally do not put a cake in the freezer? I'm thinking that when I make cupcakes and put them in the refrigerator, it never quite hardens enough. Perhaps I should in the freezer for a bit? Never would have thought of that so, thank you Robin!

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  27. I just thought I'd let you know, if you ever stop posting on this blog, I might just give up on baking ;) I LOVE everything that you do on here. Gonna be making this cake for the 4th this year. Thanks a lot!

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  28. Gorgeous, Robin. Absolutely gorgeous. I'm so in awe of your mad baking skills. Thanks bunches for stopping by & linking this fabulousness up to the party Monday!
    {HUGS},
    kristi

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  29. Just beautiful! Great idea!
    X
    Aurélie

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  30. Love this cake!! One question...would you be willing to share your frosting recipe as well? It looks so good! Thanks Have a great 4th!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I posted my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe on this post. Happy 4th to you too! :0)

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  31. How do you make the sides so smoooth? It looks amazing!

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    1. Also, how do you keep the top flat? Whenever I try to stack cakes it always end up with the top having a bump and breaking because the bottom layer isn't completely flat either.

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    2. Hi Annabelle! After your cake layers have cooled, you need to level the tops. I have a tool I use for this, but you can use a large serrated knife to cut off the rounded top and make it flat. (Then you get to eat the scraps!) When frosting, I use a bench scraper to make the sides nice and smooth. It is my "can't live without" decorating tool!

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  32. I can't wait to make this! Do you have a yummy cake mix recipe that you can share? If you'd like, you can email it to me. KaelebsMomma at AOL...

    Pam :)

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  33. I love your cake and I am making it for the 4th this year! Silly question, is this one white cake mix?(i have never had success with cakes that stack) Also what is the best kind of icing to use when stacking cakes?
    xoxo
    Heather
    www.HeatherlyLoves.com

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    1. Hi Heather! Yes, I used one white cake mix. It really doesn't matter what kind of frosting you use with a layer cake. You could buy a tub of frosting or make your own. I made my favorite cream cheese frosting, which is on this post. Have fun baking! :0)

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    2. Thanks Robin! I am going to get to baking today :)

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  34. Props for the painstaking addition of the alternating star sprinkles!! Goodness!

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