Recipe by beachcook623
"This extra-moist cake with buttercream icing is sure to get firework-worthy oohs and aahs!"
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1 (18.25 ounce) package
white cake mix
1 (3.5 ounce) package
instant French vanilla pudding mix
red food coloring, or as needed
blue food coloring, or as needed
unsalted butter at room temperature
clear imitation vanilla extract
If you add a few drops of white food coloring (Americolor brand) while mixing the cake, the batter will stay white instead of turning yellow from the pudding mix.
I made this cake yesterday and it turned out great! however, i did change a few things around. i used vanilla pudding in between the layers, and iced the outside of the cake with cool whip. i then decorated it like an american flag with strawberry slices and fresh blueberries. also make sure you use enough blue and red dye so they don't come out as green and pink! the french vanilla pudding that is added to the white cake mix also made it turn yellow instead of white. but it still had the "red white and blue" feel. everyone loved it and had seconds. definitely recommend this!
Great idea for the holiday. I suggest using just egg whites, then the cake will stay white.
This came out beautifully although I had to add almost half a tiny bottle of blue food coloring to make the blue layer. The problem with the French Vanilla pudding is it makes the batter way too yellow. I think I will try just plain vanilla next time and see if that helps. I chose to use a whipped cream frosting and cover the cake with a berry flag- it got raves all the way around!
Loved this cake! The cake mixes now are only 16.25 ounces, so I bought an extra cake & added 2 ounces from it to be sure the cake turned out good for a birthday party. Also subbed in white chocolate instant pudding mix to keep the batter whiter. I used 25 drops of red food coloring for the red layer, and still had pink batter & 15 drops of blue gave a light blue. Will use even more next time. The frosting recipe does not say to sift the powdered sugar before measuring, but I did since most frosting recipes I've used say to do that. Perhaps because of that, I only needed 1/2 c. heavy cream to get the frosting to a spreadable consistency. Even so, I had enough frosting for the cake, with a little left over. My guests were impressed & the cake was delicious.
It worked great, only thing to mention is that I had to bake each portion for closer to 40 minutes.
I made this cake on election night, and it turned out perfect! Used 4 egg whites and plain vanilla pudding powder to keep the white layer white as some suggested. Perfectly moist, delicious, and beautiful, too! Thanks. I plan to adapt the colors for all sorts of celebrations.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Surprise Inside Independence Cake
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 547
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