Have fun with your kids in the kitchen by creating a fun cake for Independence Day. This Firecracker Cake recipe is a festive dessert for the 4th of July and a super way to get the children involved.
My children are always begging to help me when I am cooking in the kitchen, and most of the time, I am just trying to get the job done. But, every once in a while, you have to give in and be a fun mom.
Before you think it, I will say it… this recipe requires the dreaded ingredient “food coloring” but if you are only making it once a year and the Firecracker Cake gives you the opportunity to have a fabulous time with your kids in the kitchen, is it worth it? You can decide for yourself.
How to make a Firecracker Cake
To make this cake, you will need:
- ingredients for your favorite white cake
- ingredients for your favorite white icing
- red and blue food coloring
- colored sprinkles or Pop Rocks candy
- sparklers, optional
Step One – Cake
Mix your favorite white cake and divide it equally into three portions. Add red food coloring to one portion and blue food coloring to another.
Allow the children to fill a bundt pan with the batter using large scoops, creating a layer of white, the red, and finally blue. Expect a mess, but keep smiling. You are creating HAPPY memories.
Bake the cake according to your recipe’s directions and allow it to cool completely.
Step Two – Icing
Meanwhile, prepare your white icing and divide it into three portions. Add food coloring (I use Wilton Gel Colors) to make one portion red and another blue, allowing one portion to remain white.
Place the icing into zip-top freezer bags. Do not use sandwich bags unless you really want a bigger mess when the side pops open. You need the thick plastic of the freezer bags to allow the children to squeeze without having an icing explosion.
As you work with the icing, you should notice that it becomes a little more loose in texture which will make it easier to squirt onto the cake. If the icing does not reach a consistency than can be squeezed from the bag, just lash and work with the bag until the heat of your hands brings the icing to a consistency that will work.
Twist the plastic bag and snip a small corner off the bag. Allow the children to squeeze the bag over the cake.
Step Three – Decorate
Once all three bags of icing have been squeezed over the cake, use a spreader to smooth between the colors but do not overwork the icing as that will cause the colors to blend.
Finally, have the children drop sprinkles over the entire cake. Keep smiling. In a child’s mind, there is no such thing as “too many sprinkles.”
If you want to make the cake extra-special, you can insert sparklers like candles and light them before serving.
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