Michele here with the perfect 4th of July cake! With the holiday just around the corner, it's time to remember and celebrate our country's independence. What better way to do that than with a celebratory cake!
Tradition runs deep in our family. When I was a kid, my entire family gathered at my grandparents house to celebrate the 4th of July holiday -- and it was also my Grandpa's birthday.
Grandpa was such a special, kind man. He gave so much to his country (he survived the Battle of the Bulge!). He was a volunteer firefighter, served his community as a member of the city council and was dedicated to family. While Grandpa is no longer with us, the wonderful memories of him remain and the celebration continues.
My goal was to create something that reminded me of those childhood celebrations.
When you cut into each layer of this cake, it explodes with color, just like the fireworks that lit 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 at your local craft stores, such as JoAnn Fabrics or Michael's Craft Store.
Star shaped cake pan
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
Silver dragées for decorating
For complete instruction go to the 4th of July project page.