America's Birthday Cake Recipe
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America's Birthday Cake Recipe

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My birthday is July 3, so we celebrate it along with America's birthday. I created this yummy cake as a way to serve a red, white and blue cake for both occasions. We top each piece with a birthday candle and everyone blows out the candle to celebrate both birthdays. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • SAUCE:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • CREAM:
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 378 calories, 16g fat (7g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 287mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the food coloring, vinegar and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in orange juice until smooth. Add the blueberries, nutmeg and salt; cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Cool.
  4. In a small bowl, whip cream and confectioners' sugar until stiff peak forms. Serve cake with sauce and whipped cream. Yield: 15 servings.
Originally published as America's Birthday Cake in Taste of Home June/July 2009 , p20

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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randcbruns User ID: 828588 227350
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2015

"We're red velvet fans. This was a nice change of pace from my regular red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for sharing!"

[email protected] User ID: 2815440 100076
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2010

"Sorry but I have a recipe for red velvet that stays moist. This cake came out real dry. Really was not happy with the cake but the sauce was very flavorful."

CWOCN User ID: 4346648 105852
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"Excellent flavor and texture - my guests loved it. I used 1 oz red color and rinsed the bottle with water and used it to equal 1/4 cup of liquid."

njgigi User ID: 1582281 210911
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"I don't like Red Velvet cake (per se) so this became a White cake with Red tinted cream and Blue sauce. Very festive as we celebrate 3 b'days on the Holiday."

ginny3235 User ID: 3407760 100075
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"Has anyone tried using the red velvet cake mix for this? If it works as well, I would love to try the sauce etc."

MaryK. User ID: 416541 210910
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"Use an equal amount of softened, unsalted butter. I can't stand shortening either, and always sub using sofened butter. You could also add extra buttermilk to equal the amount of liquid red food coloring, and then use paste food coloring. That's what I would do We don't care for Red Velvet cake either as they're so tasteless, unless you just make a regular chocolate cake of some kind, and then add the food coloring to make it more of a red"

JPhilip03 User ID: 4960013 183813
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"This is really just your bassic Red Velvet cake..not one of my favorites. However the sauce looks like a real keeper."

grammiebrenda User ID: 4826524 144644
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010

"i only use paste c oloring how would i sub this for the liquid"

dellbo User ID: 5065772 100074
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2010


Jenniferakimball User ID: 4246330 181511
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"I quadrupled this recipe and made it for dinner at the homeless shelter where I volunteer. Everybody loved it! It was so beautiful, and tasted just as great! As far as the food coloring goes, we used 3 bottles for the 4 cakes, and they were very red!"

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