4th of July Firecracker Cake

This Firecracker Cake says 4th of July all over it.

The 4th of July is the perfect time to showcase red, white and blue desserts; like this quick and easy Firecracker Cake recipe! So cute. So fun. So festive! Bakerette.com

If you’re looking for a festive dessert to celebrate Independence Day, I’ve got your back. And this cake is soooo easy to make and assemble.

You can make this cake two ways…you can either use a pre-made white cake mix, or if you are a I-want-to-make-everything-from-scratch kind of gal, you can make your own white cake. I’m lazy :), so I opted to use the store-bought mix. This time.

Once you’ve made the cake batter, you’ll want to separate the batter into 3 separate bowls. Stir red food coloring in one of the bowls, blue food coloring in another, and keep the third white. Mix well.

The 4th of July is the perfect time to showcase red, white and blue desserts; like this quick and easy Firecracker Cake recipe! So cute. So fun. So festive! Bakerette.com

After you’ve prepared your cake pan by spraying it with cooking spray, pour the red batter into the bottom of the bundt cake pan. Tap and shake the pan to smooth out the batter. Next, add the white cake batter by pouring it over the red food coloring. Using a spatula, gently spread the batter to completely cover the red batter. Third, pour the blue food coloring in the center of the white batter. The blue batter will not cover the white batter. It looks better when it doesn’t.

The 4th of July is the perfect time to showcase red, white and blue desserts; like this quick and easy Firecracker Cake recipe! So cute. So fun. So festive! Bakerette.com

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. Don’t you love the festive look? Makes me want to go out and light some firecrackers!

The 4th of July is the perfect time to showcase red, white and blue desserts; like this quick and easy Firecracker Cake recipe! So cute. So fun. So festive! Bakerette.com

Lastly, using either pre-made frosting or a white frosting of your choice, divide the frosting evenly into three  microwave-safe dishes adding red food coloring to one, blue food coloring to another, and keeping the third white.

“Melt” your frosting one-at-a-time in the microwave for a few seconds on high (I did mine for 10 seconds) to make it of drizzling consistency. Using a spoon or fork, drizzle the frosting over the cake, zig-zagging it back and forth to form a striped pattern. Start with the blue, then white, then blue. Throw on a few sprinkles, if desired, and you’ve got yourself a 4th of July Firecracker Cake!

So cute. So fun. So festive.

The 4th of July is the perfect time to showcase red, white and blue desserts; like this quick and easy Firecracker Cake recipe! So cute. So fun. So festive! Bakerette.com

4th of July Firecracker Cake
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • White Cake Baking Mix
  • Red and Blue food coloring
  • White frosting of choice
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  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. Tip: To cut down on fat, substitute the oil with applesauce.
  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.

Recipe adapted from Spicedblog.com

This recipe was also featured on I Heart Naptime

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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