"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.

Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 4th of July Cake


So apparently I’m on a roll of stealing from myself. And also on a 4th of July kick. If you missed last week’s post, I shared the handprint fireworks t-shirt craft I came up with and did with the kiddos for Kids Crafts Fun and Games.com.

This week, I’m sharing a recipe for a 4th of July cake that I, in fact, also actually made. But it was 2 years ago, and I’m definitely too tired to make it again this year, so I think it works as a Too Tired to Try Tuesday post. 🙂

4th of july cake

Fair warning on this one . . . I’m writing these directions from memory, so they’re not going to be, how should I say, precise. You’ll still be able to recreate the cake, though, and really, that’s all that counts. Right? (Man, you would never know how Type A I am from this post.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box of white cake mix
  • Whatever other ingredients the box says you’ll need to make the cake (likely eggs, water, oil)
  • 1 can of white cake icing
  • Red and blue food coloring (or whatever natural ingredients you like to use in lieu of food coloring)
  • Bundt pan
  • 3 bowls for cake mix
  • 3 microwave-safe bowls for icing
  • Spoons/spatulas for mixing and to aid with pouring (you will likely also need a hand mixer or whisk)

Here’s what you’ll do:

  1. Prepare the cake batter according to instructions.
  2. Divide the cake batter into three bowls. Leave one bowl as is, then add red food coloring to one and blue food coloring to another.
  3. Spray your bundt pan with cooking spray, then pour in the batter in layers, one color at a time. (Suggestion: Pour either the red or blue first, then the white in the middle, then the second color.)
  4. Cook cake according to instructions.
  5. Once cake is done, let cool, then remove from bundt pan and place on a large plate/serving dish.
  6. Divide the cake icing into three bowls. And just as you did with the batter, leave one bowl as is, then add red food coloring to one and blue food coloring to another.
  7. Then, one color at a time, microwave each bowl of icing very briefly (so that it will pour easily) and drizzle it over the cake.
  8. Allow icing to set and garnish cake with strawberries and blueberries or sprinkles or whatever else you desire (or nothing at all).
  9. Eat.
  10. Eat some more.
  11. Unbutton pants.
  12. Fall asleep.

finished cake

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

Author: Mamma Wild Thing

I'm a mamma to four little wild things and can't imagine life any other way. (Well, most days.)

7 thoughts on “Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 4th of July Cake

  1. I would love to do this, but given my history with baking, I might be better off if i skip right to number 12 LOL but the cake sure is pretty!

  2. Firework for the taste buds. Love it! (And, I just learned that “taste buds” is, in fact, two words.)

  3. Pingback: Lazy Sunday: Week in Review 7/7/13 |

  4. Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole my iphone and tested to see if it can survive a 25 foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation. My apple ipad is now destroyed and she has 83 views. I know this is totally off topic but I had to share it with someone!

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