Monday, May 28, 2012

Red White and Blue Layer Cake

*~*~*Happy Memorial Day!!*~*~*

We celebrate Memorial Day as a day of remembrance for men and women who died in service to our great country.  Parades, patriotic ceremonies, and American flags placed on the graves of our veteran----these are the things I think of.  I also think of my own dad who died in 1971 when I was an infant.  He served as LCDR in the Navy, and was in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  He dedicated his life in service to the United States of America, having joined the Navy at a very young age.  He passed away when he had way more life to live!  I'm left with a few stories from my mom, a handful of pictures, and some of his precious Navy memorabilia.  Even more so, I'm left with feelings of pride and respect, knowing he loved God, his family, and our country.  Thank you daddy, for demonstrating courage, honor, and strength!  I miss you!

Many families gather for picnics and cook outs on Memorial Day.  Ours was no exception!  The six of us had quite a delicious dinner, followed by this incredible cake.

A simple from-scratch vanilla cake batter, brightly colored, and baked in thin layers, is just perfect adorned with simple fondant stars.

Begin by whipping up your favorite white cake recipe, either from a box, or from scratch.  Yellow cake would work perfectly fine too.  Equally divide your prepared cake batter into three bowls.  Color one portion red, one portion blue, and leave one portion white. 

Butter and flour THREE 8 inch cake pans.  Equally divide one of the colored batters into the three cake pans.   I do this by using my largest cookie scoop:  one scoop per pan, continuing until all the batter is gone.  Use a small offset spatula to spread the batter evenly to the edge of the pan.  This will seem like hardly any batter at all.  You're right!  

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cakes are beginning to pull away from the sides of the pans.  Cool for a few minutes in the pans, run a knife along the edges, and flip out onto a cooling rack.  Wash your cake pans (unless you have nine of them?!) and repeat with the other colored batters.

Cool the cakes completely and then prepare your favorite frosting (or pop the top of your favorite canned frosting---it's all good!).   Spread a thin layer of frosting between each cake layer.  I alternated red, white, and blue layers, but you could arrange them any way you'd like.  My 11 year old suggested having all the blue layers on the bottom, followed by all the white layers, then all red.  That wasn't my vision (haha), but it would be fun as well!

Frost the cake with a "crumb coat" to lock in those patriotic crumbs. 

Follow up with a nice thick layer of frosting, and decorate any way you'd like!  I had some red and blue fondant saved from a previous cake, so I cut some simple stars to decorate our cake.

Will you make a layer cake for the Fourth of July this year?  If you do, please tell me all about it!

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