Festive Fourth of July Recipes!

Happy 4th of July! Hopefully you have exciting plans for the day filled with lots of food, fun, fireworks and family! Just in case you haven’t planned what you’re going to make yet, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite festive recipes for this summer holiday! Be sure to check out our Pinterest board for lots more creative and yummy recipes great for year round!

Firecracker Red White and Blue Cake from Betty Crocker!

Ingredients:

1 box Betty Crocker Supermoist white cake mix

Water, vegetable oil and egg whites called for on cake mix box

Red food color

Blue food color

1 container (12 oz.) Betty Crocker whipped fluffy white frosting

Step 1: Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan. Make cake batter as directed on box, using water, oil and egg whites. Pour 1 cup of the batter into small bowl; stir in red food color until well mixed. Pour another cup of the batter into separate bowl; stir in blue food color until well mixed.

Step 2: Pour red cake batter into bottom of pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over red batter in pan. Carefully pour blue batter over white batter. (Blue batter does not need to cover white batter completely; it looks better if it just forms a ring in the center of the white batter.)

Step 3: Bake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place cooling rack over cookie sheet. Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack. Cool cake completely, about 30 minutes.

Step 4: When cake is cool, divide frosting evenly into 3 microwavable bowls. Microwave 1 bowl of frosting uncovered on High a few seconds until smooth enough to drizzle over cake. With spoon, drizzle all of white frosting back and forth around cake in a striping pattern. Repeat microwaving second bowl of frosting until smooth. Stir in a few drops blue food color until well blended. Drizzle over cake, scattering frosting back and forth. Repeat with remaining bowl of frosting and red food color, making sure red, white and blue frostings can be seen on cake. Let cake stand at room temperature until frosting is set before serving.

Step 5: Show off to all your guests, eat and enjoy!

A few expert tips:

When you add the batter to the pan, do not mix with a spoon. Just pour it in so the colors don’t mix but rather, just rest on top of each other in the pan.

Store loosely covered at room temperature.

Cake can be made a day or two in advance.

Patriotic Cake Pops from Party City!

Ingredients:

1 box of your favorite cake mix (plus all ingredients needed, as listed on box)

1 can prepared vanilla frosting White or blue chocolate melts (Wilton brand)

1 package of blue chocolate dye (Only need dye if you’re using white chocolate melts)

Red chocolate melts (Wilton brand)

White nonpareils

Supplies:

1 Waxed paper

50 lollipop sticks

Instructions:

1. Bake cake as directed on package.

2. When completely cool, break the cake into crumbs by hand in a large bowl. Mix in full can of frosting until well blended.

3. Roll the cake mixture into 1-inch balls and place on waxed paper.

4. Melt the candy melts as directed or in a melting pot.

5. Dip a lollipop stick about ½ inch into the melted chocolate and insert the stick into the rounded part of a cake ball. Repeat for remaining cake balls.

6. Place the cake pops in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, to firm.

7. Once the pops are firm, remove from the fridge/freezer and dip each into the melted chocolate, tapping excess chocolate off.

8. For the “stars” of your flag, use white or blue candy- making melting chocolate colored blue using navy blue oil based candy color according to package directions. For the “stripes” pops, use the red candy melts.

9. Prop up pops, cake end down, on waxed paper while the chocolate is still slightly warm, so the candy hardens into a flat surface at the top (this will help your pops stand up when serving).

10. Finish the blue pops with white sprinkles before chocolate coating hardens.

11. Drizzle white chocolate over the red pops after chocolate coating hardens.

12. Line up your pops to create the Stars & Stripes on a tray.

Makes 50 Cake Pops

So tell us, what fun and festive treats are you making this 4th of July?!

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