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3 Recipes from July 4th

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Firecracker Bananas

Cut bananas in half and insert a wooden popsicle stick in each half. Dip banana in your choice of yogurt and roll in sprinkles, chopped peanuts, or granola. Freeze for 2 hours. Serve frozen.

 

Pretzel Sparklers

Holding pretzel rods over a plate or other dish, spoon or carefully pour melted chocolate (white choc, milk choc, or your favorite) over just the top half of the rod. Next, add sprinkles. If you try to roll pretzels in sprinkles, you will lose some of the choc, so just sprinkle it on over a separate dish. You can re-melt the choc and reuse the excess sprinkles. Stand pretzel rods in a mason jar filled with red, white and blue (or other colors) M&M's or other candy coated chocolates and place where guests can help themselves.

 

Marshmallow Pops

Insert sturdy toothpicks into large-sized marshmallows and dip in cold water. Dap off excess water and roll the outside of the marshmallows in dry Jell-O granules. I used raspberry for some and berry blue for others Shake off excess Jell-O. Keep in the refrigerator and serve cold in colorful paper treat cups.

 

Layered Flag Cake

You are going to make cake layers in 3 different colors: red, white, and blue. The instructions for each layer will be listed separately and hopefully clearly, but email me if you have questions.

 

You will need:

2 boxes White Cake Mix

Oil

Eggs

Water

Red food color paste

Royal blue food color paste

3 containers whipped fluffy white frosting

Red and blue sprinkles

 

Red Cake Layers: Mix 1 box of your favorite White Cake Mix according to package instructions and add 1 tsp red food color paste to the batter as you are mixing. I found food color gel paste at Hobby Lobby. The color I purchased is called "super red." The layers came out the perfect shade of red. You will bake 2 layers in greased and floured round cake pans. Bake as directed.

After the layers are cool, slice each layer in half (horizontally). You now have 4 thin layers. Separate the layers on a flat surface. In one of the layers, cut a small round out of the center. I used a 4" cookie/biscuit cutter. It needs to be that big, so if you don't have a cutter, draw a 4" circle on a piece of paper, lay it on top and center of cake layer and cut around it. Save the paper, you'll use it again in a few minutes.

You will need the round piece of red cake and two of the red layers. Set aside the layer that the hole was cut out of and one of the other thin layers. Use those for something else. The red layers you will need for this cake are the 4" cake round and two thin red layers.

 

White and Blue Cake Layers Baking Instructions: Mix 1 box of White Cake Mix according to package directions. Scoop out half of the batter (it's about 4 ½ large spoons… probably close to 2 cups, maybe) into one of your prepared cake pans. To the remaining batter, add one-half tsp royal blue food color paste and 3 Tbsp white star sprinkles (I used white sugar pearls). Mix a few seconds until well blended and pour into the other prepared cake pan. Bake as directed. Cool layers before proceeding.

 

White Cake Layer: Cut cooled layer in half (horizontally). You will have 2 thin layers. Separate layers onto a flat surface. Cut a 4" circle out of the middle of one of the white layers. Set aside the later with the hole/use for something else later. The white layers you will need are the 4" round and one thin white layer.

 

Blue Cake Layer: Do not cut cooled layer in half. Cut a 4" round out of center of blue layer. Set aside the circle/use for something else later. The blue layer with the hole in it is what you will use for the cake. Note: this layer was kind of fragile and a little tricky to move around. I actually had a small break in one of the sides, but managed to keep it together after it was frosted. Frosting works great; it covers up mistakes very well!

 

Assemble the Cake: On a serving plate, carefully place one red cake layer and spread about 1/3 cup frosting over the top. Next, place one white layer on top and spread about 1/3 cup frosting over the top. Place another red layer on that and spread 1/3 cup frosting over the top. Carefully place the blue layer on top and spread a thin layer of frosting on the cut edges inside the round hole. Gently insert the white round circle and carefully press on it to get it set inside the hole in the blue layer. Spread a layer of frosting on top of the white later. Insert the red layer into the hole and gently press, just enough to set. Whew! The hard part is over! Now, frost the sides and top of the cake, cover with sprinkles. I put sprinkles around the top edge of the one I made and put red and blue sparkler candles in the middle (4 for the 4th). It's your cake, so decorate it the way you want ļ

 

Enjoy your patriotic treats! See you next time!

Firecracker Bananas

Cut bananas in half and insert a wooden popsicle stick in each half. Dip banana in your choice of yogurt and roll in sprinkles, chopped peanuts, or granola. Freeze for 2 hours. Serve frozen.

 

Pretzel Sparklers

Holding pretzel rods over a plate or other dish, spoon or carefully pour melted chocolate (white choc, milk choc, or your favorite) over just the top half of the rod. Next, add sprinkles. If you try to roll pretzels in sprinkles, you will lose some of the choc, so just sprinkle it on over a separate dish. You can re-melt the choc and reuse the excess sprinkles. Stand pretzel rods in a mason jar filled with red, white and blue (or other colors) M&M's or other candy coated chocolates and place where guests can help themselves.

 

Marshmallow Pops

Insert sturdy toothpicks into large-sized marshmallows and dip in cold water. Dap off excess water and roll the outside of the marshmallows in dry Jell-O granules. I used raspberry for some and berry blue for others Shake off excess Jell-O. Keep in the refrigerator and serve cold in colorful paper treat cups.

 

Layered Flag Cake

You are going to make cake layers in 3 different colors: red, white, and blue. The instructions for each layer will be listed separately and hopefully clearly, but email me if you have questions.

 

You will need:

2 boxes White Cake Mix

Oil

Eggs

Water

Red food color paste

Royal blue food color paste

3 containers whipped fluffy white frosting

Red and blue sprinkles

 

Red Cake Layers: Mix 1 box of your favorite White Cake Mix according to package instructions and add 1 tsp red food color paste to the batter as you are mixing. I found food color gel paste at Hobby Lobby. The color I purchased is called "super red." The layers came out the perfect shade of red. You will bake 2 layers in greased and floured round cake pans. Bake as directed.

After the layers are cool, slice each layer in half (horizontally). You now have 4 thin layers. Separate the layers on a flat surface. In one of the layers, cut a small round out of the center. I used a 4" cookie/biscuit cutter. It needs to be that big, so if you don't have a cutter, draw a 4" circle on a piece of paper, lay it on top and center of cake layer and cut around it. Save the paper, you'll use it again in a few minutes.

You will need the round piece of red cake and two of the red layers. Set aside the layer that the hole was cut out of and one of the other thin layers. Use those for something else. The red layers you will need for this cake are the 4" cake round and two thin red layers.

 

White and Blue Cake Layers Baking Instructions: Mix 1 box of White Cake Mix according to package directions. Scoop out half of the batter (it's about 4 ½ large spoons… probably close to 2 cups, maybe) into one of your prepared cake pans. To the remaining batter, add one-half tsp royal blue food color paste and 3 Tbsp white star sprinkles (I used white sugar pearls). Mix a few seconds until well blended and pour into the other prepared cake pan. Bake as directed. Cool layers before proceeding.

 

White Cake Layer: Cut cooled layer in half (horizontally). You will have 2 thin layers. Separate layers onto a flat surface. Cut a 4" circle out of the middle of one of the white layers. Set aside the later with the hole/use for something else later. The white layers you will need are the 4" round and one thin white layer.

 

Blue Cake Layer: Do not cut cooled layer in half. Cut a 4" round out of center of blue layer. Set aside the circle/use for something else later. The blue layer with the hole in it is what you will use for the cake. Note: this layer was kind of fragile and a little tricky to move around. I actually had a small break in one of the sides, but managed to keep it together after it was frosted. Frosting works great; it covers up mistakes very well!

 

Assemble the Cake: On a serving plate, carefully place one red cake layer and spread about 1/3 cup frosting over the top. Next, place one white layer on top and spread about 1/3 cup frosting over the top. Place another red layer on that and spread 1/3 cup frosting over the top. Carefully place the blue layer on top and spread a thin layer of frosting on the cut edges inside the round hole. Gently insert the white round circle and carefully press on it to get it set inside the hole in the blue layer. Spread a layer of frosting on top of the white later. Insert the red layer into the hole and gently press, just enough to set. Whew! The hard part is over! Now, frost the sides and top of the cake, cover with sprinkles. I put sprinkles around the top edge of the one I made and put red and blue sparkler candles in the middle (4 for the 4th). It's your cake, so decorate it the way you want ļ

 

Enjoy your patriotic treats! See you next time!

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