Fourth of July Dessert Recipe

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Adapted from a recipe in Taste of Home Magazine:June/July 2012

Like most family gatherings ours are filled with delicious food. This often results in us being too full for dessert. However, this light yet flavorful cake goes down easy without being overly sweet. I made it for Memorial Day, but it  would be a great choice for 4th of July as well!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of White Cake Mix
  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Baking Beauty Tip: Don’t worry if water, oil and eggs don’t match what is on the back of your cake box. That’s okay! You’ll be adding extra moisture with the fruit later, and this makes sure your cake won’t get soggy.

Strawberry Gelatin Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries (around a carton)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon strawberry jello

Blueberry Gelatin Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons berry blue jello

 

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Mix cake mix, water, eggs, and oil together.

2. Grease and flour two cake pans, and then pour cake mix evenly.y into them.Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. It only took my cakes 30 minutes to bake.

3. While cakes are cooling in their pans, mix strawberries, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil and cook for 2-3 more minutes until the fruit is soft and mushy. The liquid in the pan should be red at this point.  Strain out pulp, and add jello. Cool mixture.

4. Repeat step 3 using blueberries and blue berry jello.

5. Poke holes in your cooled cake.Pour the strawberry mixture over 1 cake, and the blueberry mixture over the other cake. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set.

Baking Beauty Tip:  Instead of using a skewer like the original recipe recommends, I like to use a wood spoon handle. This allows the mixture to really penetrate the cake.

6. Beat cream until it thickens. Add powdered sugar until soft peaks form.

7. Remove cake from pans, and frost the top of one cake. Place the second cake on top of it, and frost all over.

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  1. Alisha Kostiuk says:

    Yummy! Looks great!

  2. Looks good…I’m not so sure about the gelatin, but maybe it really tastes great!

    • Don’t worry I was scared too! You could probably substitute the amount of water listed + regular jello instead of making it yourself! :)

  3. Looks Yummy!!

  4. Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    Looks very yummy. I bet my family would love this. I am pinny right now. Thanks!

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