Easy Recipe: Fourth of July Fireworks Cake

Happy Fourth of July!

Today, I’m hanging out with family at the lake. The fourth of July is such a fun holiday, you get to enjoy the nice weather, food, friends, and family. And fireworks, can’t forget the fireworks.

Everything is decked out in red, white and blue, which is why today I come to you with my Fourth of July Firework cake.  I don’t think you can get much more American than that.

There are three major components in this recipe: the cake base (the fireworks,) the frosting (white,) and our fruit on top(red and blue.)

The Cake Base

I used Funfetti boxed cake mix, but you could change the cake to any flavor you want.  This is the fireworks portion though, so if you want fireworks it has to be funfetti.

Ingredients

Cake mix
3 eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup of oil

Now, you’ll want to just follow the three easy steps on the box to complete your base cake.  Since we’re making a flag cake you want to use a 9″ x 13″ pan to get the rectangle shape. It’s going to take about a half and hour to bake.

When your cake is done baking you want to let it cool down completely.  A little trick I used to cool it down a little quicker was putting it in front of a fan.  Totally did the trick.

The Frosting

Believe it or not, we aren’t going to be using a jar of frosting from the store! Get your whisk ready, because we’re making this from scratch.  Don’t worry it’s not very hard.

Ingredients

1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup of cool-whip
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

It’s best to use confectioner’s sugar, but if you only have granulated sugar you can add a little bit of water, mix it together and melt it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. This creates a kind of a sugar slurry. This is actually what I did, and it worked just fine.

Though, other people on the internet suggest using cornstarch instead of water.  But, if you’re like me, then, if you don’t have confectioners sugar, you probably don’t have cornstarch either.

Step 1. Mix together the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl until smooth.  Using a regular whisk is fine, you’ll get a little arm workout, but if you have an electric mixer it will speed up the process.

Step 2. Add vanilla and cool-whip to the mixture and mix again until smooth.

That’s it! Super simple!

Now if your cake still isn’t quite cool enough, put your frosting in the fridge to keep cool.

Putting it all together

Now that you have everything ready it’s time for the fun part, making it look really good.

Ingredients

The cake
The frosting
1 package of strawberries (you’ll use most of them)
1 package of blueberries (you can bring the extras as a snack)

When you’re cake is finally cool, you’re ready to go.

First, you want to prepare your strawberries by cutting them in half and cutting the green ends off.  If you want smaller pieces, feel free to slice them smaller.

Then, you can frost the cake. Carefully, pour the frosting in the middle of your cake, then spread smoothly over the top with a knife.

With your white base down, you can add the red and blue. You can make as many stripes as you want and your blue area can be as big or small as you want.

I didn’t make my “stars” area too big, but I basically put as many strawberries as would fit.  It’s completely up to you how you want your flag to look. You don’t need to have 13 stripes and 50 blueberries, exactly, they probably won’t fit anyway.

Now Enjoy!

Now it’s time to dig into your Fourth of July Fireworks cake!

Make sure to bring it the Fourth of July party and watch as your family and friends marvel at your masterpiece.

Happy Fourth of July! Let me know what you were up to below!

Still, need ideas? Check out my blog post for 5 things to do on the Fourth of July.

5 Reasons You Should Bake Box-Brownies

5 Reasons You Should Bake Box-Brownies

Hi, Everyone!

Today, I’m tackling my first recipe on the blog.  Though, I use the word recipe, in this case, lightly.

Since, I’m going to talk about boxed brownies, I don’t think I really need to go step by step for you on this one.  They’re pretty straight forward. So, instead, I thought I would give you 5 reasons for going with a box mix instead of making them from scratch.

1.  Not Many Ingredients

Most box recipes don’t require much more than what’s already in the box.  There are fewer ingredients for you to worry about or forget entirely.

When there are fewer ingredients it means when you want brownies, all you have to do is grab a box of your favourite brownie mix.  You most likely already have a couple eggs and some vegetable oil on hand.

You don’t need to worry about having any of the other ‘bakers essentials.’

2. Taste Amazing

If you want to argue with me on this one, I think you’re nuts.

It’s pretty straight forward. Box brownies are the best brownies. They have the best consistency and the right flavour. Now, why would you want to mess with the magical formula of the box?

3. Little to No Skill Required

As my family and friends are aware, I don’t have much skill in the kitchen. Having an easy recipe to follow is for me.

All you have to do is:

  1. pre-heat your oven to 350F
  2. Grease your pan of choice
  3. Put the mix, eggs, water, and oil in a bowl.
  4. Mix it all together
  5. pour in the pan and bake

That’s it, so simple! You don’t even need an electric mixer. I just used a whisk.

4. Quick to Make

You may have completed the steps above so quickly your oven may not be done pre-heating! The whole process probably won’t take you more than 25 minutes (pan size will affect baking time.) Most of that time will be spent just waiting for the brownies to be done.

5. Quick to Enjoy

After the 20 minutes of baking, you’ll want to wait at least a few minutes before digging into the 350-degree brownies. But, once they’re cool enough, you’re going to want to eat the whole pan!

I’ll admit I did eat 3 brownies in one day.

Let Them Eat Brownies

So the next time you’re thinking about making brownies, I suggest you try them from a box. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

This is just my opinion, and I am in no way a professional baker (but my brother-in-law is,) so I understand if you disagree.  If you have a preferred way of making brownies let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: I don’t discriminate against brownies; this is simply the way I prefer making them.