To celebrate 4th of July, or Independence Day, I found these cool (at least I think they are) cake fireworks! And they’re not terribly hard to make!
- 1 box white cake mix
- 4 egg whites
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sour cream (don’t tell the kids)
- Red and blue food coloring
- 3 packages Pop Rocks candy (preferably red)
- Black licorice ropes (eww, I’ll eat them if I have to)
- White frosting (less than 1/4 cup)
- Mix the white cake mix, egg whites, oil, water and sour cream for 3 to 4 minutes on medium speed. Split cake batter into 3 equal amounts, adding red and blue food coloring to 2 of the portions. Coat 3, 4 x 9-inch bread pans with cooking spray and lightly flour the bottoms. Add the 3 batters to the pans and bake at 350 degrees for 18-23 minutes. Let them cool, then remove the cakes from pans.
- Using a 1-1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut circles from each of the baked cakes. (You should be able to get 10 out of each cake, but you might be able to get more if you try.)
- Using a serrated knife, carefully trim off the browned, baked bottoms of each cake circle.
- Using a jumbo straw or plastic tube, remove the centers of the cake circles. Be sure to save the red and blue centers to use as plugs for later.
- Put a portion of the red cake plugs back into the bottoms of the red cake circles. Pipe a circle of frosting around the centers of the red and white cake circles. Stack the white cakes on top of the red and the blue on top of the white.
- Almost done! Now add Pop Rocks down the empty centers of the stacked cakes. Put a portion of the blue cake plugs back into the tops, covering the center filled with Pop Rocks.
- Cut licorice rope pieces about 1-1/2 inches long and insert them into the centers of the blue cakes.
Done! Try not to tell the kids that there Pop Rocks in them. They’ll be in for a surprize! Make sure that you don’t make them a day before, or else the Pop Rocks will lose their Pop!
Recipe by: http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/963400/fourth-of-july-firecracker-cakelette-recipe