Last year we brought you our Red, White and Blue Ombre Cake, and it was so popular that InStyle featured it in this year’s July issue! And since we’re always trying to set the bar higher, this year we set out to create another stunning cake. Introducing the Red, White and Blue Ombre Funfetti Cake — complete with ombre frosting and funfetti layers!
Now, before you start, we want to let you in on a little secret: decorating this cake is not technically difficult as long as you have 1) the right tools, 2) an hour, and 3) a dose of patience. We promise you can do it!
– 2 boxes white cake mix
– 6 egg whites
– 2 1/2 cups diet Sprite (1 20-oz. bottle) – note: we use this as a substitute for oil and water
– 1 package red Wilton Colorburst Batter Bits
– 1 package blue Wilton Colorburst Batter Bits
– 6 tubs whipped frosting (vanilla or white)
– Red and blue gel food coloring
Start by rounding up your ingredients.
Mix together cake mix, egg whites, and diet Sprite in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, beat on medium speed until blended. Alternatively, you can make the mix according to the package directions. We used diet Sprite as a substitute for the oil and water to lighten up the cake.
Stir in the Wilton Colorburst Batter Bits…
And divide batter evenly between 4 pans (make sure to grease and flour them beforehand). Bake according to package directions. Set aside and let cool completely before frosting.
Use one tub of frosting to apply a crumb coat between layers and all over the cake. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Note: A crumb coat is a thin layer of frosting applied all over the cake to seal in the crumbs before your final frosting layer).
Time to dye 4 of the remaining tubs of frosting dark blue, light blue, light red, and red. Don’t forget to keep one white.
To frost the cake, start by placing the darker blue frosting in a pastry bag. Pipe one large dot of frosting at the base of the cake. Use an offset spatula to create a smeared effect. Continue piping dots and smearing around the entire base of the cake. Continue with the next layer using the light blue frosting. Then work your way up with white, light red, and finally red.
When you get the top, create the same color pattern in reverse.
Tadaaaaa! You’re a total pro. Do you see fireworks yet? Get ready for a spectacular 4th of July holiday!
What are your favorite 4th of July recipes? Let us know in the comments section below!