Saturday, July 4

My Very Berry, Red White, and Blue 4th of July Cake

That title's a mouthful.
As you all know, I'm sure, today's the 4th of July. While I'm forgoing fireworks this year, I had to do something a little patriotic.

Today we had a cookout at my great aunt Nancy's house, and I figured that was the perfect opportunity to make a cake.

Basically, this is a strawberry and blackberry layer cake with my favorite frosting, swiss buttercream.

Also, a lot of food dye, hahaha.

I'm worn out from chasing after my adorable cousins in the July heat, so I'll just get right to the recipe (and pictures!)

Baked layers

Hazy, 'cause I shot it though the plastic, hahaha. Also, decorated with homemeade marshmallow


My dad's finished plate

My cousin Justin cleaning it up for him, haha.

3 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
4 1/2 tsps of baking powder
1 1/2 tsps of salt
3/4 cup of vegetable/canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
3/4 cup of pureed and strained strawberries
3/4 cup of pureed and strained blackberries/blueberries/whateverberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease two 9inch pans.
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs.
Divide the (very very thick) batter into two bowls.
Mix the purees, one for each bowl,into the batter. (Or you could just use 1 1/2 cups of one flavor, and do the whole batch like that)
Color the batter if you'd makes it fun. :P
Pour the batter into the pans, and bake for about 25-30 minutes.
Let cool for like 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.

Frost at your own whims. I cut my layers in half and used a double batch of my swiss buttercream


Happy Birthday, America



  1. This cake looks amazing! So vibrant and eye catching!

    My 4th of July isn't complete because I didn't eat red and blue cake :(, but as I type this I am watching fireworks out of my window, so I guess that OK! :)

  2. I used up sooo much of my blue dye to get that color! I had to overdo it to make up for the purple color that the blackberries caused.

    But I'm glad it ended up sooo bright :D

  3. This is a delicious looking treat. Happy 4th of July. We had beautiful fireworks in our area.

  4. Beautiful cake!!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful 4th :)