With 4th of July coming around I felt I needed a cake to celebrate the United States birthday! This 4th of July Birthday Cake was prepared in two steps.

On day one I prepared two boxes of Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix and baked it at 350 degrees in the oven for one hour and 14 minutes (double batch). After the cake was done I let it cool, removed it from the cake pan, and wrapped it in clear wrap to let it cool overnight in the refrigerator (this diminishes the crumb problem when frosting).

On day two I set out all necessary tools for frosting the cake (turn table, #21 tip, coupler, disposable bag, blue food coloring, spatulas, and other needed items).

You will need approximately 15 – 20 medium to large size strawberries. Wash, slice, and place on paper towel to absorb the excess moisture.

Prepare butter cream frosting bought at a cake decorating supply store. Add blue food coloring and mix thoroughly to blend coloring well to desired color.

Place cake on turn table and begin frosting top and bottom with butter cream frosting. Remove any excess for nicer presentation. Cake should be refrigerated for 15 – 30 minutes to make it easier to go to the next step.

The final touch is adding the strawberries and blue frosting, which are added alternately to create a layered look. Take your time to create a beautiful cake to celebrate 4th of July. Enjoy with your family and friends!