Thursday, June 6, 2013

Red, White and Blue Cake

More fun with Jello!
For Memorial day I made a cake that is red, white and blue. I didn't have a chance to post that weekend so I thought I would post my cake today.

I got the idea for the cake from the First Magazine, yes the magazine that is obsessed with Dr. Oz. I don't think he eats much cake, truthfully I don't either. But I love to try to make pretty cookies and cakes from time to time. 

Their cake from the May 22, 2013 issue is for a rainbow cake well a Red, White and True Ombre Cake, I like that idea a lot but that is a lot of cake. Ombre is a French word and means shadow or perhaps shaded. 

I am going to provide a link to the First Magazine Rainbow Cake and recipe, but also post it in my blog as well just in case it goes bye-bye.

I used the basic ingredients for the cake and the jello.
I did not make the marshmellow fluff layer.

I decided to make a red layer and two blue layers because I wanted the frosting to be the white part of the red, white and blue. The jello added an interesting taste to the cake and Steve really liked it. I tasted the cake myself and it was pretty good, but I was afraid to eat it at first. Read the recipe and you will see why with all that jello!
I think I will do this again but with changes.

Here is the link to the First Magazine Cake, my photography or cake is not as pretty as their photos and cake. I should have decorated the top and sides of my cake but it was so late and I was so ready for bed after making my cake.

 Inspired by Brit.Co. fruity gelatin was added to the layers to give it an All-American cherry-berry flavor, plus added some pretty patriotic pom-poms

2 pkgs. (16.5 oz. each) white cake mix, like Duncan Hines
1 pkg. (3 oz.) cherry gelatin
1 1/2 tsp. red liquid food coloring
1 pkg. (3 oz.) berry-blue gelatin
1 1/2 tsp. blue liquid food coloring
3 pkgs. (16 oz. each) vanilla frosting, divided
1 pkg. (16 oz.) marshmallow cream, like Marshmallow Fluff
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease four 9" cake pans. Prepare cake mixes as package directs. Divide batter evenly among 9 bowls (about 1 cup each).
2. Working with cherry gelatin and red food coloring, stir 3 Tbs. plus 1/2 tsp. gelatin and 3/4 tsp. food coloring into one bowl. Stir 2 Tbs. plus 1/2 tsp. gelatin and 1/2 tsp. food coloring into second bowl. Stir 1 Tbs. plus 1/4 tsp. gelatin and 1/4 tsp. food coloring into third bowl. Stir 1 drop food coloring and any remaining red gelatin into fourth bowl. Adjust colors as desired with additional food coloring. Spoon red tinted batters into prepared pans.
3. Bake 10 min. or until done. Let cool 10 min. Unmold; let cool completely. Repeat process, working with berry-blue gelatin and blue food coloring to create 4 blue cake layers. In clean, greased cake pan, bake ninth bowl of white batter to create 1 white cake layer.
4. Reserve 1 1/2 cups vanilla frosting. Using mixer on medium, beat remaining frosting and marshmallow cream 1 min. or until smooth.
5. To assemble: On platter, layer 4 blue cakes fromdarkest to lightest followed by white cake and 4 red cakes from lightest to darkest, spreading each with 1/2 cup frosting mixture. Frost cake. Chill 1 hr. or until set. Spoon reserved vanilla frosting into pastry bag fitted with star tip; pipe decorative borders on cake. Garnish with decorative pom-poms, if desired.
Active time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 1/2 hours
Serves: 16
If you use their recipe to make the cake like I did (with alterations) be sure to use the parchment paper when baking your cake, because the thin layers do not come out easy from the cake pans. That is one reason I ended up with the three layer cake. I might try that again but when we have company it was a lot of cake and I should have taken some over to our neighbors....

I am going to try to blog every other day. I know I cannot visit blogs more than once or so per week because making my jewelry and suncatchers takes a lot of my time and that is fine because I love making them! The other crafts come second to that. 

Have a nice Thursday. ~Kat 


  1. Oh yummy! And your cake looks beautiful - thanks for sharing with us :) Also, thanks for your sweet comment the other day. Sorry my blog wouldn't allow you on - not sure what that was about.
    I hope you are doing well, dear friend!

    Love and hugs!

  2. Gorgeous cake and it looks so good! You did a great job. Have a nice day Kat! ((BIG HUGS))!!

  3. how neat, yours looks great too, fun idea!


Have a wonderful day! ~Kat