Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Firecracker Cake


Summer will be here before we know it! With that comes Memorial Day, graduation parties, my birthdaythe Fourth of July, Labor Day, family trips to the beach, picnics in the park, barbecues in the backyard ... you notice how many activities revolve around family, friends and food?!? 

This Firecracker Cake is the perfect summer dessert. It looks fancy (like it took a lot of work), but it really couldn't be easier! People will "ooh and aah" and ask who brought/made this cake ... then want a copy of the recipe! 




Firecracker Cake
Slightly adapted from Betty Crocker
Yields 12 servings

1 box white cake mix 
Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix
Red food coloring ***(see note)
Blue food coloring ***(see note)
1 container (12 oz.) white frosting
Red, white and blue sprinkles, optional

*** I personally prefer to use 1 oz. Wilton Icing Colors which may be picked up at your local big box craft store. I think the colors are more vibrant, however, you may use the regular ol' food coloring if you have it on hand. I get the "Red - No Taste". Add just enough coloring to get desired shade of red and blue.

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Generously grease a 12-cup fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil and egg whites. Pour 1 cup of the batter into a small bowl; stir in red food coloring until well mixed. Pour another cup of the batter into a separate bowl; stir in blue food color until well mixed.

Pour red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter in pan. Carefully pour blue batter over white batter. (The blue batter does not need to cover the white batter completely, it looks better if it just forms a ring in the center of the white batter.) When you add the batter to the pan, do not mix with a spoon. Just pour it in so the colors don't mix but rather, just rest on top of each other in the pan. 

Bake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place cooling rack over cookie sheet. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack. Cool cake completely, about 30  minutes.

When cake is cool, divide the frosting evenly into 3 microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl of frosting uncovered on HIGH a few seconds until smooth enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle all of the 1st bowl of microwaved frosting all over the cake, back and forth around the cake in a striping pattern. Repeat microwaving second bowl of frosting until smooth. Stir in a few drops of the blue food coloring until well blended. Drizzle over cake, scattering back and forth. Repeat with remaining frosting and red food coloring, making sure red, white and blue can be seen on the cake. Sprinkle with red, white and blue sprinkles, if desired. Let cake stand at room temperature until frosting is set before serving.

Store loosely covered at room temperature.


The great thing about this cake, you can adjust the colors to fit whatever holiday or occasion - for Easter, use 3 pastel colors ... For Christmas, use white, green and red ... Halloween, white, orange and black or candy corn colors - orange, yellow and white! You could use varying shade of blue or pink for an ombre effect for a baby shower or birthday ... the possibilities are endless!


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59 comments:

  1. Awesome! I saw this on Inside BruCrew's linky party! and I just pinned it! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I think I pin so much stuff from those linky parties :)

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  2. Visiting from Crazy For Crust! This dessert looks perfect for 4th of July! Thanks for sharing!!

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  3. I love how easy this cake is, it is perfect for the 4th of July. It also looks really good. I would love if you would share this and any other posts at Showcase Your Talent Thursday http://whatscookinglove.blogspot.com/2012/04/showcase-your-talent-thursday-4.html. I hope to see you there!

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  4. WOWWWW this cakes looks amazing!
    I really love playing with colors.
    Beautiful and festive cake

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Winnie :)

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  5. I love this!! I will have to make this for Memorial Day & 4th of July! Thanks

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    1. You're welcome. I hope you enjoy it :)

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  6. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I am SO making this for 4th of July this year. And to think of all the other holidays its perfect for too. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I can't wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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    1. Hope your family enjoys it as much as mine! :)

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  7. how VERY patriotic! i just love this idea! (:

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Carrie. Hope you are having a great weekend :)

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  8. What a pretty cake! Love the colors, and the firecracker effect. :)

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  9. I just love your Firecracker Cake, perfect for the upcoming holidays. Your recipe looks awesome. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Miz Helen!

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  10. I know what I am making for the 4th! Thanks so much for sharing this festive cake on Fabulous Friday. I'm so happy that you were able to come. I hope to see you back next week too. I am enjoying what you bring! xoxox

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  11. HI! Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring you at this weeks tasty tuesday post! Stop by and grab a featured button.
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

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  12. We know what dessert we're having this July 4th!! So very cute and looks delicious! We loved having you come to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back again soon! -The Sisters

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sisters!

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  13. Love, love, love, oh the possibilities with this one! Pinned!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by ... and the shout-out on Facebook for this cake! I love that the possibilities are endless! Hope y'all enjoy it :)

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  14. I love this! It's perfect for upcoming holidays and looks super easy to put together. :-)

    Erin
    takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Erin! Hope your family enjoys it :)

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  15. How amazing is this cake? Wow! It's so beautiful! Thanks so much for linking it up to my Red, White, Blue & You Link Party!

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    1. I don't know why I didn't see this comment before now ... I apologize :/ Thank you for hosting! Hope you have a great weekend!

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    2. I'm sharing your cake tomorrow on my blog! www.michellepaige.blogspot.com

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  16. Your cake is amazing! So colorful and festive! I can't wait to make it. Thanks!

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  17. I love your blog! You always come up with the neatest ideas. I would LOVE for you to pop over and link this up in my Red White and Blue linky! It would be fun having you!

    Susie
    http://cafescrapper-scrapsoflife.blogspot.com/2012/05/link-up-anything-patriotic-25-amazon.html

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  18. You are so awesome for adding the blog hop on your post! I'm going to add your name into my post as a cohost! xoxo Susie!

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  19. Wow!!!! What a great cake! It's perfect for this weekend. Thank you for sharing on Thursday's Treasures Week 35. Hope to see you again next Thursday. <3 and hugs! http://www.recipesformyboys.com/2012/05/thursdays-treasures-week-35.html

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  20. Gorgeous cake! It looks so yummy and patriotic! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you had a great weekend, too!

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  21. Hi My name is Nann and I found your blog by accident and so glad I did. It is just delightful and I am now following you. I would be thrilled and honored if you would drop by my blog and follow me if you like. Believe me I love to cook and this recipe is going to be at the top of my list for the 4th of July. Thanks for sharing.

    Nann
    atnannstable.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I followed you blog too :)

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  22. Thanks for linking up. I love the frosting on this. I think that is my favorite part!

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    1. Thanks suzyhomemaker :) I can't wait to see what everyone brings to your party!

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  23. I am so making this for the 4th of July! So festive and fun! Thanks for sharing it and I'm happy to be a follower via GFC

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and following, Danni! I'd love to know how it turned out for you :)

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  24. My kids now want this cake. I never was the greatest with cakes so hopefully I will do alright.

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    1. It looks intimidating, but it couldn't be easier! Let me know how it goes for you ;)

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  25. Hello,
    Your cake looks amazing and delicious!!! I linked up to your blog hop ♥
    Have a wonderful day,
    Beverly

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  26. I am blown away! What an adorable, amazing, awesome, patriotic cake....I just LOVE it! Would sooo love for you to link this up at our Weekend Potluck, opening for links on Friday this week. Please come on over to www.thebetterbaker.blogspot.com. I am SO impressed!! =D

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    1. Thank you so much! I will definitely stop by to join the potluck :)

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  27. Hi Jamie. Thank you for sharing this with us during Our Little Family Adventure's Community Party and helping me celebrate my birthday. I hope you'll join us again this Friday for another Community Party www.facebook.com/ourlittlefamilyadventure

    Nicky

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  28. Beautiful cake Jamie, thanks for linking w/me, pinned.

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  29. Yummy! Stopping by from FFF.

    Granny's Down Home Sassy Southern Cooking

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  30. G'day! What a GREAT 4th of July cake, true!
    very colorful and reminds me of childhood summer fun too!
    Cheers! Joanne
    What's On The List
    http://www.whatsonthelist.net

    Foodie Friends Friday Party too! :)

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  31. I am in love with this cake!!! It's on my list to make for the holiday next week! Thanks for sharing, Jamie!

    Best,

    Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy.com

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  32. This is a great idea! It is so pretty. I chose it as my host favorite this week for Foodie Friends Friday, so it will be featured Monday on Daily Dish Magazine. Thank you so much for linking up.

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  33. This cake is so pretty! I also chose it as my host favorite from the Foodie Friends Friday link party!

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