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Independence Day Surprise Cake

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I am a math and physics teacher fresh out of college so with my summers off I enjoy tapping into my creative side and making things for everyone to enjoy.  This cake will put your high school geometry skills to use and is sure to be a hit at any summer party.  So if you are looking for a cake that is both delicious and impressive for your summertime get together then this is the instructable for you. This cake is easy but will dazzle your guests by delivering an updated and festive look to a traditional white cake.   I start by taking a basic white cake mix and dress it up with a simple homemade butter creme frosting and some food coloring to please the eyes.  Follow my step-by-step instructions and you will be on your way to a show stopper in no time.

Step 1: Ingredients

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The ingredients for this cake are very simple and can be found at any local grocery store.  

For the cake:
- 2 boxed cake mixes (including the ingredients required to bake them i.e. eggs oil and water)
- Several drops of both Red and Blue wilton food colors (I used color gel)
- Crisco or cooking spray (for coating the pan)

For the butter creme icing:
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1 egg white
- 1 or 2 teaspoons vanilla (I like to add the extra teaspoon)
- 1 cup shortening (optional, 2 tablespoons of milk can be added for extra moisture if necessary. I use shortening for a very white looking frosting)
 
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smooney224 days ago
This looks really awesome . I tried doing this with fondant . What a nightmare .ended up just frosting it
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Antonini2111 months ago
Looks like captain america shield Nice cake
Love this cake thanks for sharing. Kristti @http://www.specialbirthdaypartyideas.com/
Thank you for your cake instructions. I made it and I'm bringing it to my family's for the 4th of July. I am so excited for them to see the inside. Thank you for bringing me so much fun.
stevequag (author)  123chelseac1 year ago
Happy to share, enjoy!
I'm so bummed! I forgot to get the ingredients to make this cake for tomorrow :( ah well. I'll see if I can mod your recipe into cupcakes somehow. :)
it looks so pretty
globogym2 years ago
I'm a bit confused on the batter dividing. Should I discard the 500 grams that is not red white or blue? Or should I divide the batter into 3 equal parts.
stevequag (author)  globogym2 years ago
You are going to have one extra layer of cake so just bake it up and make some cake pops or something
Mongpoovian2 years ago
Congratulations on the win! I was rooting for yours to win - this is probably one of the most novel ideas for a cake I've ever seen!
ashaik2 years ago
You got a great talent. Congratulations on your prize!!!
stevequag (author) 2 years ago
Thankyou instructables team and community for the support. I am so excited and honored to have won the grand prize!
WUVIE2 years ago
Yipeeeeee! Congratulations on your win!
Yours worked out rather better than mine (http://www.instructables.com/id/4th-of-July-Cake-1/)- good job, and it looks great!
stevequag (author)  SelkeyMoonbeam2 years ago
Thanks, looks yummy!
WUVIE2 years ago
Fabulous! Congrats on being a finalist. Good luck, it is a good one!
Toasty22222 years ago
I'm Canadian but I still want to try out making this cake! It looks amazing!
stevequag (author)  Toasty22222 years ago
You have the added challenge of making it look like a maple leaf when you cut into it ;-)
I hope that challenge is accepted, because that would be one amazing cake!
I'm going to try, but don't get your hopes up! :D
From yet another Canadian, Wow. That is a great design and execution.
HollyMann2 years ago
This looks amazing!!! I love how you decorated/frosted it as well. Believe it or not, I was going to make a flag cake very similar for this contest...but too busy doing other projects. Yours turned out absolutely fantasic!!! Looks awesome!
this is the most beautiful cake I've ever seen!!!!
Paperduck2 years ago
I salute you, Sir!
Very neat and tidy, I like that!
Probably won't look as good with the German flag, I'm afraid.
lmnopeas2 years ago
Looks delicious and I love the "surprise"!
monsterlego2 years ago
That my friend is AMERICAN
CementTruck2 years ago
That's a cake to make the good Captain Steve Rogers proud.

Happy Independence Day!
Awesome, American, and delicious!
Just saw this recipe on the Betty Crocker website but wasn't quite sure how to do it based on the recipe... Now I have step-by-step!