Set Off Fireworks With Our Red, White and Blue Ombre Funfetti Cake
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)
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!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)