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America's Birthday Cake

 America's Birthday Cake
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
15 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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


  • 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

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America's Birthday Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, whip cream and confectioners' sugar until stiff peak
  • forms. Serve cake with sauce and whipped cream. Yield: 15 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece with 2 tablespoons sauce and 3 tablespoons cream equals 378 calories, 16 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 287 mg sodium, 55 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.
Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.