Cristina creates a festive cake for the 4th of July holiday!
Ingredients for the cake:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
¾ cup butter softened
9 Egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon red gel food color
1/4 teaspoon blue gel food color
Ingredients for the Buttercream Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
8 ounces (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons cream
Directions for cake:
Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Set aside.
Place sugar and 3/4 cup butter in another bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add 1 egg white at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with 1 1/2 cups milk, beating at low speed after each addition just until mixed.
Divide batter in half; tint one half red. Divide remaining batter in half; tint one half blue and leave other white.
Pour each batter into individual prepared pans. Bake white and blue layers 18-20 minutes. Bake red layer 30-35 minutes.
Cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Loosen edge of cakes by running knife around inside edge. Carefully remove cakes from pans to cooling rack; cool completely.
Cut domed top off red cake horizontally to create flat top. Cut remaining red cake and white cake in half horizontally, creating 5 layers total.
Cut 5-inch circle from blue cake.
Build cake starting with white layer. Next, blue layer. Last red layer. Frost after each layer.
Trim top red layer to create flat cake top. Spread thin layer of frosting over entire cake; refrigerate until set. Frost cake with remaining frosting.
Decorate cake with flags, sprinkles, and berries.
Directions for frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix together the sugar and butter.
Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
Add the salt, vanilla, and cream and beat on medium for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed.