Saturday, July 9, 2011


Continuing my 4th of July, cooking with the great faces of South Dakota posts...

Cooking with kids, spectacular results, and easy to make - What could be better!

This is a direct steal from Cleo Coyle's post at the Mystery lover's Kitchen.

In fact, honestly, you should jump over to her post for a slightly different look (she added accents around the base), a MUCH better presentation once the cake is sliced (she dyed the bottom layer bright blue and the top layer bright red), and more detailed photos about how to get the look.

Come to think of it, since I used a box cake mix and a can of frosting, I probably shouldn't even be doing this post.

But then I wouldn't be able to show off my assisstants...

So, here you go... 

Step 1 - buy a box of cake, buy a can of frosting, buy a bright neon tube of blue and red food coloring.
Step 2- Go to THIS POST at the Mystery Lover's Kitchen blog for detailed instructions, detailed photos on how to get the look.

Or, wing it from these tips (still pretty easy)...

Be sure your cake is cooled before you frost.

save 4 TBS of frosting before you frost the cake.  I actually used 2 cans, about 1 1/2 cans actually, but had plenty of help to finish the remaining.

put 2 TBS of frosting in a small ziplock bag and mix in the color so you have a baggy of red and a baggy of blues.

Start from the center and alternate colors, making circles around the cake.

Now, to get the flowered - fireworks look, use a toothpick.  Again, start in the center, put the toothpick into the icing (not into the cake) and drag to the edge.  Repeat from the opposite side so the cake is "sliced" in half.  Next, again from the center,  divide each of those halfs in half, making the cake look like it has been quartered.  Finally, still from the center, divide those quarters in half the same way.

OK, all the star points are pointed out.  Time to make some pointed in.  From the edge this time, position the toothpick in the icing between two of the "pointed out points".  Drag that to the center.  Work your way around the cake, until all of the "pointed out" lines have a "pointed in" line between them.

Lots of places in here where the kids can make a contribution with just a little supervision.

In the shadow of George Washington's nose, I can not tell a lie.

If this is something you want to make, Take the tips I gave you here and then visit Cleo's post (click HERE).  LOTS of details, lots of photos, frosting tips and info that makes this look just as easy as it is.

And the kids loved doing this!

Thanks Cleo.

Come see some terrific ideas from the Holiday. There have been LOTS of submissions, just perfect for the HOT Holiday!

You can find this recipe on  

And if you think you want to try this again in a few weeks, you can easily store the recipe in an electronic recipe box you set up, you control and only you see.  It's a great feature that lets you store all those amazing recipes you see on the internet.


  1. Dave, your two young assistants are adorable! I'm honored that you enjoyed the (family fun) Fireworks Cake post enough to do one yourself. You're a culinary prince and the cake you all created is a beauty.

    Bake with joy,
    ~ Cleo,
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  2. Great looking cake and your assistants are so cute and did a fantastic job! Have a great weekend!

  3. This reminds me of the martha Stewart fireworks cookies that I saw a lot of bloggers posting...but way better cause it's a cake!

  4. This looks fabulous, and the girls look like they were enjoying decorating it and were proud of the they should be! You and the girls have given me confidence that maybe I could actually make a pretty cake! Thanks! :)