4th of July cakes aspire to this level of patrioticness!
Why make everyone wait for the fireworks on Fourth of July? Put this cake on your table and you’ll have everyone exploding with delight.
This Red, White, and Blue Roll cake is a combo of two Tablespoon favorites. The classic, uber-gorgeous Confetti Cake Roll, guaranteed to be the center of attention at any party, and our Melted Rainbow Cake which is just WOWZA if you haven’t seen it already.
Take these two, mix in a little patriotic color painting, and what’dya got? Our festive Red, White and Blue Roll Cake. Which is wayyy easier to make than it looks.
Seriously simple. This cake is as basic as a box of vanilla cake mix and two cans of Betty Crocker™ vanilla frosting. There are a few other little add-ins for the colorful ganache topping, but this is where it all starts.
You’ll start by lining a 10x15x1-inch baking pan with parchment paper, then beating together the batter. To make this cake perfect for rolling, the basic cake mix instructions are altered ever-so-slightly, adding in a few more eggs for a springy, rollable texture and a little less oil so the cake stays together as it’s rolled.
With the batter in the pan, bake for about 14 minutes, just until the cake turns golden brown and springs back when touched lightly.
As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just 2-3 minutes, then while it’s still hot, quickly invert it on a clean kitchen towel which has been sprinkled lightly with powdered sugar. Use that kitchen towel to help you roll the cake.
I like to start by rolling the towel into the top edge of the cake, then gently pressing the towel and gathering the cake into a firm roll. Once you’ve got it all rolled, allow your cake to cool completely to room temperature. It’ll take about an hour.
Now, gently unroll your kitchen towel and cake.
Let the very end of your cake curl slightly while you frost it with Betty Crocker™ frosting.
Create a nice, even layer of frosting across the top of the cake, then roll it back up firmly.
Once rolled, wrap the cake with plastic wrap and chill for an hour in the fridge to create a nice, firm, round cake roll.
Now it’s time to frost the outside of your roll. Simply smooth another container of frosting across the top and sides of the cake roll. Use a knife or spatula to create a thin, even layer.
And now to create the colored ganache! This part is surprisingly easy.
Simply microwave these three basic ingredients together, split the creamy ganache into three equal parts, tint one part red, one part blue, and allow the third part to stay white.
Then, drizzle, drizzle. I love this method of decorating because it’s so stunning and sooo simple.
The ganache is the perfect texture. Thick enough to create a nice layer of colored drizzle, thin enough to drip down the edges and create this stunning red, white, and blue melted look.
And now it’s time to refrigerate your roll. Carefully place it in the fridge for about an hour. This will allow the ganache to harden and will firm up the frosting.
When you’re ready, set your cake out for slicing and enjoy!
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's Tablespoon profile to see what she cooks up next!