With the 4th right around the corner, I am sure you are thinking about what yummy + patriotic treat you are going to bring to that Independence Day bbq. I love fresh berries in the summertime, and luckily they make the perfect red + blue accents for a patriotic look! There are so many different ways to use berries for a 4th of July dessert, but I opted for a multi-layer white cake with homemade whipped vanilla frosting, topped with fresh strawberries + blueberries. I love to bake and it was so fun to whip this up!
I will say, I am not a professional baker, so I opted to use boxed cake mix rather than make the cake from scratch. However, I used a trick I saw on Pinterest to “upgrade” the box mix and it turned out D-E-L-I-S-H. I made a 4 layer cake and so I bought 2 boxes of white cake mix, because 1 box makes (2) 9 inch round cakes.
The trick is to:
- Read the directions on the back of the box.
- Add 1 more egg than instructed.
- Swap out the vegetable oil for melted butter and use double the amount as indicated.
- Use milk instead of water, measuring the same amount.
- Mix together with stand or hand mixer and bake as instructed.
Y’all it seriously turned out so good! The cake was moist and rich and just soo good! So in order to make a layered cake as I did, I recommend freezing your layers for easier icing. So I baked the cakes the night before, then after cooling, wrapped them in saran wrap, then aluminum foil, and them placed each in a gallon-size ziploc and froze overnight. When you are ready to assemble, take them out and let thaw for a bit before unwrapping. I thawed mine for about 30 minutes.
I then used a serrated knife to slice little bits off the tops so they would be flat. I then began building each layer by spreading icing in between and then adding the next layer of cake and repeating until complete. I then iced the top and outside. my goal was to give it the “naked cake” effect, not to look too perfectly iced on the outside.
Then just add berries on top for garnish! You can pile them like I did, or make them into a fun pattern like a star, which would be perfect for the 4th!
I did make the frosting from scratch and I used a recipe I found on Pinterest. You can find the recipe here: https://shewearsmanyhats.com/easy-7-minute-vanilla-frosting-recipe/#_a5y_p=1828914
I will say, I had to make a few edits to this recipe for it to work for me. I had to add a lot more powdered sugar and cream of tartar until it got to a thicker consistency. You could easily use a buttercream frosting instead or whatever icing is your favorite!
Of course, my final touch was adding the sparklers on top. What is the 4th of July without sparklers?! They are my favorite!!
What are your favorite 4th of July recipes to make? Let me know in the comments below!