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Patriotic Cake

 Patriotic Cake
This impressive cake makes for a pretty presentation on a picnic table. It conveniently starts with a boxed cake mix, then is topped with a sweet homemade frosting.—Glenda Jarboe, Oroville,
12-14 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 package (2 pounds) confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Blue and red food coloring

Directions

  • 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.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar
  • until light and fluffy. Beat in the water, salt and vanilla until
  • smooth. Place one cake on a serving plate; spread with 2/3 cup
  • frosting. Top with remaining cake.
  • In a small bowl, combine 2/3 cup frosting and blue food coloring. In
  • another bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups frosting and red food coloring.
  • Fill pastry or plastic bag with 1/4 cup white frosting; cut a small
  • hole in the corner of the bag and set aside.
  • Frost cake top and sides with remaining white frosting. With blue
  • frosting, frost a 3-in. section in the upper left corner of the
  • cake. Pipe white stars over blue frosting. Fill another pastry or

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Patriotic Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • plastic bag with red frosting; cut a large hole in the corner of the
  • bag. Pipe stripes across top of cake. Yield: 12-14 servings.