Happy 4th of July!
It’s a day for popsicles, poolside fun, family, friends and barbecue. Time to celebrate! And as you know, every celebration in my house has a cake!
Obviously a red, white and blue cake is on the menu, so I thought this year I’d stick to easy and decorate a cake covered in rosettes. Rosettes on a cake are fun and creates an eye popping texture. This 4th of July cake is ALL rosettes, which means lots of buttercream…extra YUM! It’s also super festive yet pretty simple. Simple design, simple flavors, and fairly simple to make and decorate.
White cake with a raspberry filling is what I chose to make, but feel free to make any flavor your heart desires. Make your favorite cake recipe (Need a great recipe? Try out my best chocolate cake or fluffy white cake) or whip up your favorite box mix. Dye the batter red, white and blue, make chocolate cake, or red velvet, lemon…any delicious cake will suffice! I baked two 6” cakes. While they were cooling, I made my favorite vanilla buttercream. Once the cakes were cool, I stacked and filled them. Next, I added a thin crumb coat of buttercream. Doesn’t need to be perfect by any means. The rosettes will cover any imperfections.
At this point, set your cake aside and get out your red and blue food colorings. (I prefer to use gel colorings. They don’t require as much and provide a more vibrant color.) Divide the rest of your icing into thirds and color one bright red and one blue, leaving the last one bright white.
Now, the fun part. Decorating the cake with rosette after rosette after rosette. First, fill three pastry bags fitted with medium star tips. One with the red, one with the white and the last with the blue. Begin with the red and start making rosettes along the bottom around the cake. After two rows, I then used white for the third row and finished the side with two rows of blue rosettes.
For the top I first started with the red lining the most outer side. I then repeated the second inner circle with the white and finished the middle with the blue. Please feel free to make your own unique design and bigger or smaller rosettes as desired. I had red, white and blue nonpareils which I sprinkled on the cake to give it an extra pop of patriotic! They’re totally optional though! Yellow might be a fun sprinkle addition too!
It’s a simple design, but takes a bit of patience. I like to make sure all rosettes are equal in size and shape and my lines are perfectly straight. Take your time on your masterpiece!
For those who really aren’t sure how’s to make a rosette, it’s pretty easy. To make a rosette, first take your piping bag and begin where the center of your rosette will be. Start there and pipe a circle around it until you meet the icing again. Pipe continuously easing off the bag as you finish.
It’s such a fun, textural design. Try this icing technique out with different colors to match any occasion. Have fun and show me your cake creations!!!
What You’ll Need
– Cake (4”, 6” or 8” depending on party size)
– Blue and Red food coloring
– 3 pastry bags
– 3 Medium sized star tips
– Cake spatula
Layer and fill cakes. Crumb coat it with a thin layer of buttercream with your spatula. Divide remaining buttercream into 3 equal bowls. Dye one red, one blue and leave the other white. Fit three pastry bags with star tips. Designate a color to each pastry bag. Decorate with rosettes covering entire cake with desired design.
After all the sunshine, barbecuing and fun, it’s time for dessert! Add some sparkler candles to the top of your cake and have a little pre dessert entertainment. Have a fun fourth and enjoy!!! Be safe!
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