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.