Sunday, July 3, 2011

Yummy and Festive 4th of July Cake!

Tonight we had a 4th July celebration with my family and friends at my in-laws house.  We ate some delicious hot dogs, marched to some patriotic music while holding flags, had our traditional wiffle ball game, and then shot off some firecrackers.  It was a fun night to celebrate our great country!

I wanted to share a great cake recipe that I made for the first time for our gathering tonight.  My mom passed on the recipe to me and it's as delicious as it is festive for any 4th of July gathering!

1 box of white cake mix ( I used a box of Duncan Hines white cake mix)
3 oz. package of Rasberry Jello
3 oz. package of Berry Blue Jello
8 oz. thawed Cool-Whip


  •  Prepare cake mix as directed.  Pour batter into two 8/9 in. round cake pans.
  • Bake as directed on box.  Cool 10 minutes while still in pans.  Remove cakes from pans and cool completely.
  • Place 2 cakes back in their pans, with their tops up
  • Prick each cake with utility fork at about 1/2 in. intervals 
  • Mix 1 cup boiling water with Raspberry Jello package; stir to dissolve 
  • Spoon Raspberry Jello over 1 cake layer making sure to spoon watery mixture over the pricked holes.
  • Repeat with the Berry Blue Jello and spoon Jello over other cake layer.  I used almost all of the Jello mixtures when I spooned/poured it over each layer.  
  • Refrigerate cakes for about 3 hours.
  • Dip each cake pan into warm water to loosen the cakes, then remove each cake from their pan.
  • Spread the red layer with Cool Whip topping
  • Put the blue layer on top of red layer and frost cakes with remaining Cool Whip
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve
You can then decorate the cake any way you want.  Since I was bringing this to a 4th of July gathering I made this design with strawberries and blueberries:

And the inside looks like this:

So if you need a great festive cake for this 4th of July, give this one a try!  It was a hit with family and friends tonight and I will definitely be baking this great dessert again!

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What a great cake:) Heading to the store today will see what I can find and do this with my kids. Happy 4th of July:) voted for you

Holly Anna said...

Anything with strawberries and cool whip always looks so refreshing and yummy!!

Happy Independence Day, 2011!!

Holly in Kentucky

Tiffany said...

Thanks for the recipe, Tracy! Have a wonderful 4th of July:D

Mom2Seven said...

Yum! I am going to try this... it won't be for the 4th since it is now the 5th!:) But, it sounds delicious and just looks like a nice summer dessert. I made a blueberry cobbler with fresh blueberries from my step-mother's yard. Delicious. God bless! Happy belated 4th!

Mom2Seven said...

P.S. It sounds so weird to me, Tracy, to say my step-mother's yard instead of Daddy's. The kids and I decorated his grave with red, white, and blue carnations and an American flag. He was a veteran and a very proud American. Well, I reread my first comment, and it just felt wrong and sad not to say Daddy's yard! I suppose it will get easier. Have a great week!

Hi Anna-Marie,
I hope you were able to try the cake and liked it! Hope you had a great 4th as well! Thanks for the vote :)

Thanks Renee Ann! :) Hope you had a great 4th!

HI Holly!
Yes, strawberries and cool whip is always a hit :) Thanks for stopping by!

Hi Tiffany!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I loved re-visiting your blog today. It's so inspiring and I love all your Catholic recipes and crafts! Thanks for the links! Hope you had a blessed 4th!

Hi Annita!
I hope you get to try out this dessert! Let me know how you like it if you do :) A homemade blueberry cobbler sounds great! That is so nice that you were able to spend time in your Daddy's garden and spend the time to decorate his grave. I bet it looked beautiful and he is smiling down on you, his loving and thoughtful daughter and family. It sounds like you have such wonderful memories to keep your father's love and spirit alive. May God continue to give you peace and comfort as you remember him daily. God bless Annita!

Anonymous said...

I love it! :)

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