Red, White & Blue Stars

Last Fourth of July, I had planned on making Red, White & Blue layered cupcakes. The cake batter I choose ended up being a bit thick so it was hard to layer the cupcakes neatly. The layers also didnt stay as layers.. the red sank in the middle.

Reminds me of Bozo the Clown

After attempting to layer one cupcake tray, I poured the rest of the cake batters into 9×9 cake pans for thin cakes. I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with them. When I went into my cookie cutter/icing tip drawer, (to get a tip to ice the cupcakes) I saw my star cutters. It wasn’t till I had a ton cut out that I thought to stack them. And of course since this wasn’t a planned project I didn’t have my camera ready to take step by step photos. So I wasn’t able to do a post with them in time for the 4th, but i’ve recreated them again for Memorial day. 

Grease and flour three 9×9 inch pans. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs,one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth

Divide batter into 3 separate bowls. Add red to one bowl and bowl to another. Stir well to make sure colors are evenly mixed. 

Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch. Since these cakes are thinner layers they baked closer to the cupcake time than the real cake time.

Decorating:

Once cakes are cool enough to touch, start to cut out stars. Starting with your blue star, put a small amount of buttercream on top. This will be the “glue” that keeps the stars together. Repeat with white layer. For the red star, I piped the buttercream out in the shape of a star on top.

Sprinkle with red & blue sprinkles or sugar. 

To make the stars, I doubled my white cake recipe. The recipe I posted below is the doubled amounts already.

Red, White & Blue Stars [Gluten Free]

Ingredients

2 cups white sugar

1 cup butter

4eggs

4 teaspoons vanilla extract

3 cups WCWBF's flour mix

3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup milk

Red & Blue food coloring (at the time I just used regular but I think gel coloring would probably be better)

Instructions

Making & Baking:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease and flour three 9x9 inch pans
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter
Beat in the eggs,one at a time, then stir in the vanilla
Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well
Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth
Divide batter into 3 separate bowls
Add red to one bowl and bowl to another
Stir well to make sure colors are evenly mixed
Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch. Since these cakes are thinner layers they baked closer to the cupcake time than the real cake time.
Decorating:
Once cakes are cool enough to touch, start to cut out stars.
Starting with your blue star, put a small amount of buttercream on top. This will be the "glue" that keeps the stars together
Repeat with white layer
For the red star, I piped the buttercream out in the shape of a star on top.
Sprinkle with red & blue sprinkles or sugar.
http://blog.whycantwheatbefriends.com/red-white-blue-stars/

Enjoy!

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