A classic white cake gets a patriotic make-over with some creative layering.
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4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
9 large Land O Lakes® Eggs (whites only)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon red gel food color
1/4 teaspoon blue gel food color
Cream Cheese Frosting
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese , softened
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 pounds (8 cups) powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Set aside.
Place sugar and 3/4 cup butter in another bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add 1 egg white at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with 1 1/2 cups milk, beating at low speed after each addition just until mixed.
Divide batter in half; tint one half red. Divide remaining batter in half; tint one half blue and leave other white.
Pour each batter into individual prepared pans. Bake white and blue layers 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Bake red layer 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Loosen edge of cakes by running knife around inside edge. Carefully remove cakes from pans to cooling rack; cool completely.
Combine cream cheese and 1/2 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until fluffy. Slowly add powdered sugar, beating at low speed after each addition until smooth. Add vanilla and enough milk for desired spreading consistency; beat until well mixed.
Cut domed top off red cake horizontally to create flat top. Cut remaining red cake and white cake in half horizontally, creating 5 layers total.
Cut 5-inch circle from parchment paper. Cut domed top of red cake and 1 white cake layer into 5 inch circles, using parchment paper guide. Set outer rings aside. Repeat process with blue layer; set inner circle aside.
Place 1 (9-inch) red layer, cut-side up, onto cake plate. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Place 1 (9-inch) white cake layer on top, cut-side down. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Place 1 (9-inch) red layer on top, cut-side up. Spread with 1/2 cup frosting.
Place blue cake ring on top. Spread 1/4 cup frosting around inner edge of blue cake layer. Place 5-inch white cake, cut-side up, in middle of blue ring. Spread with 1/3 cup frosting. Place 5-inch red cake, cut-side down, in middle of blue ring.
Trim top red layer to create flat cake top. Spread thin layer of frosting over entire cake; refrigerate until set. Frost cake with remaining frosting.
- Use leftover cake for trifle, parfaits, cake pops, or another layer cake.
- To bake with only 2 (9-inch) cake pans, bake white and blue layer first, store red cake batter in refrigerator until ready to use. Remove white and blue layer, let cool 10 minutes before removing from pan. Clean 1 cake pan; grease and flour. Bake red cake 30-35 minutes.
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When instructing to cut dome off red layer you didn't specify to leave enough to cut a red 5" circle from. I "shaved" it off level, so didn't have a "layer". Also, u state to put the red circle inside the blue ring, but I think u left out the step of placing the white ring on. And then the red circle inside the white ring. As mine turned out I have a top layer of white ring with nothing inside.
Hi Diane, thanks for your comments. We've reviewed the recipe and added some more helpful hints!
I don't normally say this as I can usually figure things out pretty well on cakes but I agree with another comment in that it would be extremely useful to see some step by step pictures of the assembly of this cake.
I have tried this cake and got good results with the assembly of it. However I could not get it to slice without the colors bleeding. I tried serrated and non serrated blade, cleaned knife between slices. The picture looks perfect . Mine, not so much, with the red and blue "bleeding" into each other and on to the white. How do I get that picture perfect slice of cake??
Hi Sue, it can be difficult to cut the cake! You're going in the right direction by using a sharp blade and cleaning between slices. Some bleeding is unavoidable, but wiping the blade is important, as well as cutting straight down.
This recipe is tricky, but the result is very cute and will impress your company. I recommend using a different frosting recipe, however, as this one is truly awful--it finishes like glue and is nigh impossible to spread without completely tearing apart the cake. Furthermore, it's ungodly sweet, and leaves a sticky coating in your mouth from all the sugar. The canned store frosting would fair better than this, or fresh whipped cream.
Beautiful Cake! However would be so nice to see pictures of how it is put together. However, real nice job!!
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