I am always looking for ways to wow, especially on a holiday. Ahead of yesterday’s July 4 BBQ, I was looking for a special dessert that would cost little money and time to make. But, of course, I wanted it to dazzle all the same. There were some amazing looking desserts – poke cakes and trifles, cake balls and cookie bars. There was a cake that showed off the actual flag once you cut it open, stars and stripes and all. Oh, how I want to make that one someday! But it was too complicated and required three cake mixes, strawberries, blueberries and a bunch of other stuff. I nixed that idea (at least for now). Then, I saw this vision of beauty that actually looked like a firecracker and featured the red, white, and blue on the inside. It couldn’t have been easier either. I had a winner.
The recipe for Firecracker Cake comes from Betty Crocker, one of my favorite sites. All you need is a white cake mix, the water, oil, and egg whites required to make it, and red and blue food coloring. Basically, you make the cake mix as you normally would and then you divide it into three bowls. I kept a little extra white because I thought it would make the stripes, which was the look I was going for. Then you layer your bundt, first with red, then white, and then blue cake mix.
You can purchase white icing at the supermarket, which is suggested in the recipe. But I like homemade icing. I used a favorite, trusted recipe from Allrecipes. Then, I did the same thing. I left part of the icing white and turned the other two parts red and blue respectively with the food coloring. I put each dish in the microwave for about 10 seconds to soften it. Then, I drizzled white, then red, then blue icing with a spoon on top of the cake. You could also add some red, white, and blue sprinkles if you have them. The results were outstanding, and I recommend using this method to add pizzazz to any party bundt you make.