Make this Firecracker Cake for a gorgeous 4th of July dessert!
I was trying to think of a fun new dessert that wasn’t overdone on 4th of July! Independence Day is one of our favorite holidays, and I always bring a dessert along. We go all out on our family get-togethers with good food, games, and of course the fireworks.
While we usually have a dessert table with lots of our favorites, it’s always fun to think of a bright and festive dessert that everyone will be excited to try. I was so happy with how this beautiful cake turned out, and so excited to share!
What You Need for This Firecracker Cake:
Although you may just want to jump to the recipe, I always like to share important tips and also what you need to buy for the recipe. Take a look below at a few things to have in the kitchen before your start!
I had this spiral Bundt Cake Pan and used it for this cake. Of course you won’t need this exact pan, but the spiral feature is really a fun addition to the final, finished look of the cake. It reminds me of a firecracker in the sky!
We all have those old food coloring packs in the pantry, from birthdays dating a few years back! I know I always do! LOL.
However, it’s important to have fresh, good quality food coloring for this cake. Since you will be using 1 tsp of each, which is a lot, you don’t want to risk using old or separated food colorings. You will need Red and Blue.
I would just pick these up at Walmart- they are around $2 and you can almost always find Red, White, and Blue ones!
Add Food Coloring to Batter
While you’re making your cake, you will need to be sure to have a few mixing bowls ready to separate your batter.
This cake is SO simple, guys! It’s really hardly more effort than making a traditional cake-from-scratch.
The main difference is that you will be separating batters, along with coloring a third of it red, and a third of it blue. As the batters are poured into the Bundt Pan, they will make a cool pattern. The best tip here is DO NOT MIX the red, white, and blue cake batters after you pour them into the Budnt Pan. You might end up with a not-so-festive, not-so-pretty purple!
Create Your Cake!
You don’t have to assemble this cake exactly like I did. You can always do your own thing! However, for those that may want a few extra tips, here is specifically how I assembled this cake. See below.
- Pour the red cake batter into the bottom of the pan. Remember, this should be about 1/3 of your batter. So it won’t fill up much of the pan at all.
- Pour the white batter over the red batter. You will pour right on top of the red batter. Stay in the “center” of the batter if that makes sense. This will give the finished product a red outside, and white inside! 🙂
- Finally, carefully pour the blue batter in the middle of the white batter.
Don’t worry too much about how the batter looks, and again, don’t mix! As the cake rises, your blue will become the center, surrounded by white cake, and then surrounded by red on the outside. So fun!
Firecracker Cake Recipe Here:
- 1 1/2 Cup butter
- 1 1/2 Cup sugar
- 6 Eggs, Room Temp is best
- 3 Tsp baking powder
- 2 3/4 Cup flour
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 Cup milk
- 2 Tsp blue food coloring
- 2 Tsp red food coloring
- For the glaze:
- 1/2 Cup frosting
- 1 Tsp blue food coloring
- 1 Tsp red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a bundt cake pan and set aside.
In a mixer or bowl beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the baking powder and vanilla extract.
Add half the flour and mix until evenly incorporated.
Pour the milk and continue mixing.
Finish with the remaining flour and continue mixing for 2 full minutes.
Divide the batter into 3 bowls.
Add 1 Tsp blue food coloring to 1 bowl
Add red food coloring to second bowl and mix to incorporate. You'll have a white batter bowl remaining.
Pour the red cake batter into the bottom of the pan. Pour the white batter over the red batter and finish pouring carefully the blue batter in the middle of the white batter.
After cake is assembled, bake for 55-65 minutes or until done.
Let it cool down completely before removing from pan.
Prepare the glaze. Divide the frosting into 3 bowls. Add the red food coloring to one bowl and the the blue food coloring to other. You'll have a white icing bowl remaining.
Drizzle the glaze over the cake and decorate with sprinkles.
Bundt Pan Cooking Times may vary a lot! If you have a heavier Bundt Pan, cooking time will probably be closer to 65 minutes. For a smaller or thinner Bundt Pan, check after 55 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 505Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 371mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 1gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g
Hope you enjoyed this Firecracker Cake recipe! See more Patriotic Desserts from My Royal Kitchen Here!
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