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Buttercream Blast Layer Cake Recipe

Buttercream Blast Layer Cake Recipe

The decorations on this patriotic dessert remind me of a fireworks display. Since the recipe includes both cookies and cake, people can take their pick—or have both! —Jennifer Lindstrom, Brookfield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 lollipop sticks
  • 1-1/4 cups shortening
  • 1/3 cup plus 4 teaspoons water
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon meringue powder
  • Red and blue colored sugar
  • Coarse sugar
  • Red and blue paste food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup


  • 1. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 9-in. round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine cookie dough and flour. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut out 12 cookies with a floured 2-in. star cookie cutter; insert lollipop sticks into dough. Cut out eight cookies with a floured 1-in. star cookie cutter.
  • 3. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
  • 4. For buttercream, using a heavy-duty stand mixer, combine the shortening, water and vanilla. Combine confectioners' sugar and meringue powder; beat into shortening mixture.
  • 5. Spread 2 cups buttercream between layers and over top and sides of cake. Sprinkle the top with colored sugar. Frost cookie pops; sprinkle with red, blue and clear sugars.
  • 6. Tint 1/3 cup frosting red and 1/3 cup blue; leave remaining frosting white. Using a #18 star tip and white frosting, pipe a border around bottom of cake. Using a #4 round tip with blue frosting and an additional #18 star tip with red frosting, pipe four flags on sides of cake.
  • 7. In a microwave, heat corn syrup for 10 seconds or just until bubbly. Brush over one side of small star cookies; sprinkle with red and blue sugars. Press onto sides of cake. Press cookie pops into top of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Meringue powder is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

Reviews for Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

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Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"Cute cake. I did use the wilton recipe for buttercream. It called for butter extract. Maybe that is where it gets the name from."

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2011

"I'd bet whoever came up with this recipe is Awesome!"

Reviewed Aug. 8, 2010

"Cute cake design. I use a buttercream recipe from Wiltons and it is much better than this one. Love the design, so will keep the photo of the cake for future design ideas. Thanks"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2010

"I made this frosting and thought it was okay. I made mine chocolate by adding 3 TBSP of cocoa and as with most everything sweet, added 1/2 tsp salt. It takes away the flat sweetness of icings can result from using powdered sugar. This frosting only seemed sweeter than traditional frostings, probably because it has less density. This is the way old fashioned icings were made. Always with shortening, never with butter. It was light and fluffy. Saturated fats aren't unhealthy so I am not afraid to use shortening, butter, etc. I"

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2010

"not a good Butercream recipe decorations are cute cake it's self good."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"too sweet for me, if anyone would love a great butter cream icing, please e-mail me & subj. it "icing" & i will gladly send it on
my recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar!!"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Not cool, where is the butter! I prefer butter, no DANGEROUS transfats."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Odd that it's called buttercream but not a speck of butter is in it. The design is nice though. Very patriotic. I might use the idea but make it with REAL buttercream."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"That's a hoot... you have a very good point pegatpatoka. LOL"

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2010

"Haven't made it...why is it called buttercream when there is no butter in it"

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