Best Firecracker Cake Recipe – How to Make Firecracker Cake

lemon berry firecracker cake

PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

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Yields:

8 – 12


services

Prep Time:

0

hours

15

mins

Total Time:

2

hours

15

mins

1


(15.25-oz.) Box white cake mix

1


(3.4-oz.) Package instant lemon pudding mix

1 c.

plus 1 tbsp. (or more) lukewarm water

7


(or more) drops red gel food coloring, divided

7


(or more) drops blue gel food coloring, divided

2 tbsp.

fresh lemon juice

1/4 c.

red, white, and blue sprinkles

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  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whiskey cake mix and lemon pudding mix to combine. Add eggs, oil, and 1 cup lukewarm water. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. Scrape 1 cup lemon batter into a medium bowl. Stir raspberry jam and 5 drops red food coloring into batter until combined. Add more food coloring, a drop at a time, if a deeper red color is desired.
  4. Scrape another 1 cup lemon batter into another medium bowl. Stir blueberry jam and 5 drops blue food coloring into batter until combined. Add more food coloring, a drop at a time, if a deeper blue color is desired.
  5. Pour red batter into bottom of prepared pan. For remaining lemon batter over red batter. For blue batter over lemon batter.
  6. Bake until a tester inserted in center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in pan 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk powdered sugar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon lukewarm water, adding more water drop by drop if necessary, until thick and smooth and mixture is a lava-like consistency.
  8. Scoop a heaping 1/4 cup white glaze into a small bowl and stir in 2 drops red food coloring. Scoop another heaping 1/4 cup white glaze into another small bowl and stir in 2 drops blue food coloring.
  9. Drizzle white, then blue, then red glaze over cake. Scatter sprinkles over top. Let glaze set about 30 minutes before slicing.

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slice of lemon blueberry firecracker cake

PHOTO: RACHEL VANNI; FOOD STYLING: SPENCER RICHARDS

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