Red, White and Blue Swirl Cake for Fourth of July

Published On July 3, 2013 | By Melly Allen | Food, Holiday, Party Planning, Recipes

If you’re looking for a “wow” recipe to share at your Fourth of July celebration, RECESS contributor Joella Urry has a patriotic cake that will have your guest flying their flags high and singing your praises!

Red, White and Blue Swirl Cake

Red White and Blue fourth of july cakeIngredients

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Blue food coloring
  • Red food coloring
  • 1-2 12oz tubs(s) whipped frosting (I used cream cheese on this one)



  • Heat oven to 325°F. Generously grease a 12-cup bunt cake pan.
  • Prepare all cake batters as directed on boxes.
  • Divide the white cake batter evenly into two separate bowls.
  • Add blue food coloring to one bowl and mix to the desired color.
  • The remaining white batter will remain white.
  • Pour 2/3 of the red velvet cake batter into the bunt cake pan. Discard the batter or use it for cupcakes. (You only need 2/3 of the red velvet cake batter).
  • Next, starting from the center of the pan working your way outward pour the white batter over the red velvet batter making sure you don’t stir it. Just pour it over the top.
  • Then, starting from the center of the pan working your way outward, pour the blue batter over the white batter. Again make sure you don’t mix the colors just pour it over the top.
  •  Bake the cake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes.
  •  Turn pan upside down onto cooling rack that is placed over a cookie sheet. Cool cake completely, about 30 minutes.
  • Once cake is cool, equally divide your frosting into 3 bowls. (Depending on how much frosting you like you may want to use two tubs) Leave one bowl white, then use the food coloring to make one bowl blue and one bowl red.
  • Microwave each bowl of frosting for approximately 15-20 seconds on high until it is smooth enough to drizzle over the cake. With a large spoon, drizzle the frosting; one color at a time, in the desired order, (I did blue, white, red), back and forth around the whole cake in an up and down motion until you have used all three colors.
  • Set cake aside to allow the frosting to set. Store loosely covered and unrefrigerated.
  • Cake can be made a day or two in advance.

Red White and Blue fourth of july cake

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As the Community Director and Editor of Recess, Melly Allen is the Founder of the Recess Sandbox Revolution where she strives to unite Southern Nevada women by giving them a voice and place to connect and share. Melly is also a major Social Media Producer.

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