Fireworks for the Fourth — A Step by Step Tutorial!
I have to be honest here. I did not make this cake for the Fourth of July. I didn't make anything in fact, despite high hopes (and drooling at the thought) of red velvet AND lemon ricotta pancakes alternating in a stack, topped with blueberries and whipped cream. Oh well, maybe next year.
The reason I was never able to make these fantasy pancakes was not due to laziness, but do a far more important post-wedding brunch I attended this morning. The wedding festivities actually kept me busy for most of the weekend, but I was able to bake and photograph one batch of treats — more on that later.
The cake featured here was made for my sisters' and my graduation party way back when, to accompany those delicious peanut butter button cookies that disappeared all too soon. I found the original "groovy cake" on cuteeverything.com, and did my best to replicate the look.
Almost every component of this cake came from a box, can, or tube, making it incredibly easy.
Step One: Make a batch of white cake batter (I used a box)
Step Two: Separate about half of the batter into four small bowls and add food coloring until you have vibrantly colored batter
Step Three: Spoon batter into a greased cake pan, alternating colors and using the white batter as a base until all of the batter is transferred to the pan and you have a fun and splotchy mess of a cake
Step Four: Bake cake according to your recipe's directions
Step Five: Allow cake to cool COMPLETELY
Step Six: Frost the cake with white frosting (I used frosting from a can)
Step Seven: Using gel coloring pens (or something similar), draw hexagons in groups of three or four (to create a spider web effect) in alternating colors randomly across the cake
Step Eight: Draw a toothpick through the colors to create the firework effect
Step Nine: Add skittles around the base of the cake, to the centers of each firework and randomly around the cake however you see fit
Step 10: Serve, and smile politely as people "ooh" and "ah" over the surprise tie-dyed interior
Before I could even snap a picture, my sneaky friend crept up behind me and stole a bite. Some people!
Happy Independence Day!!