Updated: Feb 13
The 4th of July is around the corner! A time to remember and celebrate our independence!
Tradition runs deep in our family. As a kid it was a tradition for the entire family to gather at my Grandparents house to celebrate the 4th! There was always a ton of good food, lots of cousins to play with and tons of fireworks! It was also a time to celebrate my Grandpa's birthday! I absolutely loved those times as a kid, being able to hang out with all my Aunts and Uncles (my mother is one of seven so there's a ton of us!), sample all the good eats everyone brought and of course to celebrate with my Grandpa. He was such a special, kind man, that gave so much to his country (he survived the Battle of the Bulge), was a volunteer firefighter, supported his community and his family. While my Grandfather is no longer with us, the wonderful memories of him remain and the celebration continues!
Of course no celebration would be complete with out dessert! And this 4th of July cake is sure to be a hit! I wanted to create something that reminded me of those childhood celebrations. The pinwheels we played with as kids, the patriotic swags that hung from the light poles in downtown Port Orchard. To the colorful straws that remind me of all the fun we'd have at the Fathom's O' Fun carnival always in town at that time. And of course the colors, stars and stripes that represent our flag. When cut into each layer of cake explodes with color, just like the fireworks that graced the sky over the water in front of Grandma and Grandpa's house.
To achieve this look on the inside of your cake it's easy!
Simply take out some of your batter and divide it into two cups. Color one with red gel coloring (such as AmeriColor) and the other with blue gel coloring. Next fill your cake pan with your regular batter. Then add droplets of the red and blue batter randomly through out your cake. Using a tooth pick simply swirl thru the droplets creating a random burst of color patter. Bake and your done!
I used Swiss Meringue Buttercream for the icing of the cake and modeling chocolate to create all the fun embellishments. The pinwheels were created using one of our wafer paper designer prints along with one of the pinwheel templates you can find in our edible fabric kit. I pulled it all together using some fun paper straws to support my pinwheels and made modeling chocolate stars on floral wire, dipped the wire in white coating chocolate to coat the wires before placing them in the cake.
Additional items used to make the decorations can be found via the following links:
Wilton Ribbon Mold
Wilton Star Cutters
Wilton Silver Sugar Pearls
Satin Ice Modeling Chocolate Red
Satin Ice Modeling Chocolate Blue
Satin Ice Modeling Chocolate White
For more great ideas be sure to visit our site at www.epicdelights.com!