Uncle Sam Reveal Cake

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

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

Updated March 16, 2017


boxes (16.25 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix White
Egg yolks, oil and water called for on cake mix packages
Red and blue gel food coloring
tubs (12 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Frosting Fluffy White
oz red fondant
oz royal blue fondant
oz white fondant


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  • 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.
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    Line an 18x13-inch baking pan or two 9x13-inch baking pans with non-stick foil or parchment paper.
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    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.
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    Make two more cake mixes, according to package instructions.
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    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.
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    Pour one cup of batter into the bottom of each pan.
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    Arrange 10-15 stars in a circle around the center of each pan.
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    Carefully pour some batter in the center of each pan, around the edges of the pans and over the tops of the stars.
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    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.
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    Set on top of stacked cakes and carve to shape into Uncle Sam's hat. Frost entire cake, smoothing the frosting well.
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    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.
  • 22
    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.
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    Roll out more red fondant, cut out an 8-inch round, set on top of cake.
  • 24
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 27
    Store cake at room temperature for up to 3 days. Cut to reveal the red and blue swirled stars inside.

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More About This Recipe

  • 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. 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! Happy 4th of July!

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