Happy *almost* 4th of July! Today’s recipe is not only for dessert lovers but also for fruit lovers. My two favorite foods. If you’re going to a friend’s house, this will be the cake to bring as it’s impressive and delicious. Growing up, my mom would periodically make this 4th of July cake and I remember thinking it was the coolest looking thing.
Beating the whites
Combining yolk mixture and whites
Raspberry liqueur brushing
Icing the cake
Beginning the decorating
PATRIOTIC 4TH OF JULY CAKE
*Taken from The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts
6 eggs, separated
1/3 c + 9 T sugar
3/4 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 T water
1/4 c raspberry liqueur
Preheat oven to 375F. Beat whites until soft peaks form and then add 1/3 c sugar, beating until stiff peaks form. In a separate bowl, beat yolks, 9T sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and water until combined. Gently fold whites into yolks in three different additions.
Place a large piece of parchment paper over a large cookie sheet (17 1/2″ x 13″). Gently spoon batter over top and smooth over. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on top. Turn oven off and open oven door. Leave cake inside until cooled.
Remove from oven and slice cake horizontally into three even pieces. Using the cookie sheet above, each cake piece will measure about 5 1/2″ x 13″ (see pictures for details).
Brush each layer with raspberry liqueur (about 1 T and 1 tsp for each layer).
2 1/2 c whipping cream
1 T vanilla
1/4 c + 1 T sugar
Whip cream until foamy and beginning to turn into soft peaks. Gradually add sugar and vanilla and whip until peaks form, being careful not to over whip.
Blueberries & raspberries
ASSEMBLING THE CAKE
Place a layer of cake on the bottom of a platter. Spread with a little cream. Top with the second cake layer and repeat, taking care to reserve enough cream to ice the outside. Ice the top and sides of the cake. Top with blueberries and raspberries, using the blueberries as stars and the raspberries as the stripes.
Pipe icing between the stripes for added decor.