An easy cake to celebrate Fourth of July. White cake in layers of red, white, and blue.
Impress your friends with a three layer red, white, and blue July 4th cake.
I used boxed cake mixes so this truly is an easy cake to prepare.
First, you are going to need 3 equal sized cake pans. You can use whatever size you like, but I prefer 8″ or 9″. You will also need 2 boxes of white cake mix (plus box ingredients). If using a smaller size pan, cut the recipe down to one box of cake mix and one batch of frosting.
I also recommend a cooking spray with flour for your pans. They should be located with the other cooking sprays. I never have a problem getting my cakes to release out of pans when using it.
Second, you are going to need red, pink, and blue food coloring. Pink??? Yes, pink. Red is a really hard color to bring out of white cake/frosting. If you use too much food coloring, it can give foods a weird taste (depending on the dye). I always dye white food items pink first to get a little more color going before trying the red.
Next, you’ll need a good frosting recipe. I like to use this recipe. Again, if using 8″ to 9″ pans, I would make two batches of the frosting. If using smaller pans, one batch should be plenty.
Lastly, bake, assemble, and frost. Of course, decorate as much or as little as you want. I went with a simple decoration but you could go all out. I really wanted the firework toothpicks to put as a centerpiece but I couldn’t get them in time. They also have American Flag toothpicks.
If you get dye on your hands, remember to wash them as soon as possible so you don’t end up with dyed fingers 🙂
Learn from my mistakes
Also, you can see I made a mistake placing the blue cake on the top rack first. Make sure they are all on the same rack, bottom rack, to start out. Then you can move them all to the top a little after half way through. You’ll notice my blue layer didn’t rise as much and it took longer to cook than the other two. Plus, your cake will lean back like mine which isn’t fun.
If you want the swirls of icing on top like I did, you can use a pastry bag or Ziploc baggie. I used a baggie for this cake.
Tablecloth and plates came from Target. Red, white, and blue sprinkles came from Kroger. (June 2020) My pans come from this Wilton Round Checkerboard Cake Pan Set, Surprise Your Guests with a Checkerboard Cake, Fun for Birthdays, Reveal Parties, and Special Occasions, 4-Piece Set,Silver,9″‘>Wilton Checkerboard cake pan set. I have had these for years and it is fun to make a checkerboard cake. Super easy to do it, too, with this kit.
Do you have a favorite July 4th cake or recipe? Share it below.
July 4th Cake
- 2 boxes white cake mix (plus ingredients on box) I prefer Duncan Hines
- 1 ea red, pink, and blue food coloring
- 2 batches white frosting
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray 3 equal sized cake pans liberally with cooking spray. I prefer the cooking spray with flour for baking. *If using pans smaller than 8″ or 9″, use one box of cake mix and one batch of frosting.
Prepare the white cake mix according to package instructions. Pour the prepared cake mix into 3 separate bowls OR pour one equal part into one cake pan and the other two parts into separate bowls.
Dye one of the equal parts of cake mix with blue food coloring until you get the desired color. For the red cake mix, dying the white cake mix pink makes it easier to get the red color you desire for this cake. Put a couple drops of pink in to color pink and then add red food coloring until it reaches the desired color.
Pour the colored cake mixes into the remaining two pans. Cook according to the box instructions and until cooked through. Once cooked, cool on a cooling rack.
While the cakes are cooling, prepare your favorite white frosting. I prefer the recipe added in the notes section below.
Assemble the cake by first placing the blue layer on your cake board or stand. Add a layer of white frosting. Place the white cake on top of the blue layer with frosting. Frost that layer. Add the red layer. Frost the rest of the cake all over, or however you want to frost it, and then decorate to your choosing.
- I prefer to use this recipe for white frosting.