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Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

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Uncle Sam Reveal Cake
  • Prep Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Total Time 6 hr 30 min
  • Servings 16
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Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

A replica of Uncle Sam's Hat made from cake that when cut reveals red and blue stars inside!

Ingredients

3
Betty Crocker SuperMoist™ white cake mix
Egg yolks, oil and water called for on cake mix packages
Red and blue gel food coloring
4
tubs Betty Crocker™ Whipped white frosting
24
ounces red fondant
4
ounces royal blue fondant
2
ounces white fondant

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • 2 Make one cake mix batter according to package instructions.
  • 3 Divide batter in half. Color one half red, the other blue.
  • 4 Line an 18x13-inch baking pan or two 9x13-inch baking pans with non-stick foil or parchment paper.
  • 5 Pour batter into disposable pastry bags or zip top bags. Snip off the tip of the bag. Pipe squiggles of blue batter into the bottom of the pan. Pipe on some squiggles of red batter, then repeat, layering the two colors until you use up all of the batter.
  • 6 Bake cake(s) for 20 minutes.
  • 7 Allow cake(s) to cool for 20 minutes, and then freeze for at least one hour until firm to the touch.
  • 8 Cut out about 45 red and blue swirled stars, using a 1-inch star shaped cookie cutter. Place cutouts on a lined baking sheet and put back in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  • 9 Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • 10 Make two more cake mixes, according to package instructions.
  • 11 Prep two 6-inch round by 3-inch tall pans and one 8-inch round by 3-inch tall pan by greasing them with shortening and dusting with flour or by spraying with flour non-stick baking spray. Line the bottom of the pans with a round of parchment or non-stick foil.
  • 12 Pour one cup of batter into the bottom of each pan.
  • 13 Arrange 10-15 stars in a circle around the center of each pan.
  • 14 Carefully pour some batter in the center of each pan, around the edges of the pans and over the tops of the stars.
  • 15 Set the 8-inch pan to the back of your oven on the middle rack, then set the two smaller pans on either side in the front of the oven. Bake cakes for 58-64 minutes, until a toothpick poked in the center of each comes out clean.
  • 16 Allow cakes to cool completely, about two hours. Remove from pans and peel off parchment rounds.
  • 17 Trim off domed tops on each cake.
  • 18 Set one 6-inch round cake on a cake board, top with frosting; add another 6-inch round, and more frosting.
  • 19 Carve the 8-inch round cake around the circumference at an angle from about 6-inches in the center of the cake to the outer 8-inch edge.
  • 20 Set on top of stacked cakes and carve to shape into Uncle Sam's hat.
  • 21 Frost entire cake, smoothing the frosting well.
  • 22 Measure the height of the cake. Roll out red fondant. Cut 7 strips of fondant that are the height of the cake by 1 3/8-inch wide. Allow the strips to dry until they are easy to handle.
  • 23 Attach the red fondant strips to the frosted cake, placing them vertically on the cake. Space them so they are about 1 3/8-inch apart.
  • 24 Roll out more red fondant, cut out an 8-inch round, set on top of cake.
  • 25 Roll more red fondant out and cut a 10-inch round. Set it on a cake board or serving platter. Add a dab of frosting to the center of the red fondant circle. Pick up cake and place it on the fondant circle.
  • 26 Roll out the blue fondant into a long blue strip. Cut a 2-inch wide strip that is long enough to circle the base of the cake. Wrap it around the cake.
  • 27 Roll out the white fondant, cut 7 stars using the 1-inch star cookie cutter. Attach the white stars to the blue hatband, spacing them so the stars line up with the red stripes.
  • 28 Store cake at room temperature for up to 3 days. Cut to reveal the red and blue swirled stars inside.
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Celebrate the 4th with fireworks, sparklers and a surprising cake filled with stars.

As prepared by Hungry Happenings,

Show your patriotic pride with a cake shaped like Uncle Sam's hat that has red and blue stars inside!

The 4th of July is a great holiday to create a spectacular dessert, and this Uncle Sam Hat Cake will really wow everyone at your party or picnic. The exterior of the cake is pretty impressive looking, but I'm guessing before the first fireworks light up the sky, you'll hear lots of oohs and ahhs as soon as you serve your first slice.

With each cut of this very tall cake, you'll reveal red and blue tie-dye stars hiding inside. The cake is quite large and will feed a crowd, which is great for me as we often attend picnics with lots of friends and family. We all gather together to celebrate this summer holiday, grill out, play games, and eat a lot of food before settling down on our blankets to watch vibrant colors fill the sky. 

If you want to make this cake for your celebration, be sure to plan ahead as you need some special pans. In order for the stars to really show up inside your cakes, you need to bake the batter in tall pans. I used two 6-inch round spring-form pans and one 8-inch round spring-form pan, all of which were 3-inches tall. Sadly, 2-inch tall pans will not work. Believe me, I tried! If you use the taller pans your stars will show up nicely inside each cake layer.


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

The first step is creating the red and blue cake that will be cut into stars; so whip up one cake mix and divide the batter in half, then color one half red and the other half blue. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Then go a little wild drizzling the red and blue cake batter into a baking sheet. I used a large 18x13-inch pan, but two 9x13-inch pans will work well too. Drizzle half of the batter into each of the two pans. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Once you finish using all the blue and red cake batter, pop the pan(s) into the oven and bake the cake(s). Let them cool for 20 minutes, then freeze for at least an hour. You want the cake nice and firm so it's easy to cut. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Use a 1-inch star cookie cutter to make about 45 red and blue swirled stars. Once they are all cut, pop them back in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Get your pans ready for the cake batter by greasing them with shortening and dusting with flour or spraying them with non-stick spray. To make it easier to remove the baked cakes, line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper rounds or some non-stick tin foil. I tried out both and they each worked well.

Make more cake batter using two cake mixes. Fill each round pan with 1 cup or so of batter, enough to cover the entire bottom of the pan. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Grab the stars out of the freezer and arrange them in a circle in the center of each pan. I used 41 stars to create my circles.

Make the circles the same size in each pan. You'll be carving off part of the larger cake and you don't want to cut away part of your stars, so keeping the circle of stars the same as in the smaller pans works great.


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Pour the remaining batter into the pans, completely covering the stars. Be careful as you pour so the stars don't fall over or break. I started by pouring about a cup of batter into the center of the pan, and then drizzled batter around the edge of the pan, then over top of the stars. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Bake the cakes in the middle rack of your oven. The cakes will most likely crack on the top as they bake. That's because the pans are really full of batter. It's all right, as you'll be cutting off the domed tops anyway. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Be patient for a few hours and let the cakes cool. Once they're ready, cut off the domed tops. I cut a slit into each of my cakes and peeked inside just to be sure I wasn't cutting off the tops of the red and blue stars. Then I finished cutting and removed the tops. If you do see the stars, begin a new cut and remove less of the dome. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Set one of the 6-inch round cakes on a cake board. Add lots of fluffy Betty Crocker Whipped White Frosting on top and stack on the other 6-inch cake and frost the top of that too.

Carve the 8-inch cake to make the top of the Uncle Sam Hat. His hat kind of flares out at the top. To carve the cake, I found it easiest to put the bottom circle from the 6-inch spring-form pan on top of my 8-inch cake. I used a long knife to cut at an angle from the edge of the 6-inch round down to the edge of the cake. It was a great start. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Once I placed the carved cake on top of the other cakes, I carved it a bit more just to get the right shape, and then I frosted the entire thing. I could have covered the cake in fondant, but wanted to keep this a bit easier to decorate, so I just smoothed out the white frosting and added fondant decorations to it. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

To determine how to cut the stripes for the hat, I measured the stacked cake from top to bottom, rolled out some red fondant, and cut 7 strips that were the height of the cake and about 1 3/8-inch wide. Then I let the strips dry for a while so they would be easier to handle. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Since the cake was frosted, attaching stripes to the cake was easy. I just pressed them on, spacing them about 1 3/8-inch apart. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Then I measured the top of the cake and made a big red circle of fondant to put on top. I cut another larger red circle of fondant out, placed it on an even larger cake board and put a dab of frosting in the center. I very carefully lifted the cake and set it in the center of the red fondant circle. I took one more measurement around the base of the cake, cut a blue strip of fondant and wrapped it around the base of the cake. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

The final touch was making white fondant stars, which I added to the blue hatband. 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

When you bring the cake to your 4th of July party, be sure to gather your friends and family around just before you cut it – then surprise everyone when you reveal the hidden stars! 


Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

Happy 4th of July!


Beth happily spends her days creating fun food and handmade chocolate and enjoys sharing step-by-step tutorials with her readers on her blog, Hungry Happenings. Be sure to check out her profile to see all the other festive foods she's made for Tablespoon.com. 

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