A fun patriotic recipe for any country flying the red, white and blue, this Red White and Blue Cake also works great for a Marvel theme party!
Red White and Blue Cake Recipe
Ella has settled on a British-themed birthday party so I’ve been playing around with some cake designs – and would you believe it never occured to me that red, white and blue work for so many different countries: Australia, France, Great Britain, and the United States, to name a few!
(For my fellow Canadians, just swap in more red food dye for that blue food dye, and extra red sprinkles.)
No matter what theme or occasion you are making this patriotic Red White and Blue cake for – it is sure to be a showstopper!
I love how much drama the simple sprinkles add to this simple cake design – and believe me when I saw they are incredibly easy to add! This cake ends up looking like something you picked up at the bakery or had custom made, but it’s so simple that the kids can even help make it!
And in the spirit of total honesty, I have to tell you: I used a boxed cake mix.
Honestly, I’m a frosting girl. As long as you have homemade frosting, I’m good.
Of course, you can substitute any from-scratch cake recipe you’d like, just ensure that it’s a white cake recipe to avoid the blue cake layer turning green and the red cake layer turning orange.
While there are some “hacks” to create the triple color frosting dollops (those pretty multi-colored swirls on top of the cake), I highly recommend just grabbing a 3-Color Piping Bag Coupler. For just over $4, you can use it again and again to create pretty icing swirls and it’s soooo much easier than any of the crazy hacks out there.
Give yourself about 30 minutes to decorate this cake. It should take much less time, but if you plan for 30 minutes you won’t be rushing if you need to re-do a step.
Red White and Blue Layer Cake Ingredients
- 2 Boxes Vanilla Cake Mix
- PLUS ingredients called for on the box
- Red and Sky Blue food dye <– this set of food coloring has lasted me forever and I love that it creates highly saturated colors with just a drop
Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:
- Unsalted butter, softened
- Powdered Icing Sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Heavy whipping cream (35%)
- Confetti Patriotic Sprinkles
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: always opt for the better substitutes when it comes to boxed cakes – milk instead of water, melted butter or good quality oil instead of vegetable, etc.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Three 9″ round cake pans
- 12″ round cake board
- Electric mixer – this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Parchment Paper <– I like using these small baking squares of parchment paper to line my baking pans
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 3 medium size mixing bowl
- Cake leveler
- Piping bag
- 3-color icing coupler
How to Make a Patriotic Layer Cake
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray the cake pans with baking spray
In a large mixing bowl, prepare the cake mix according to package directions.
Split the batter evenly between the 3 mixing bowls
Add in a few drops of sky blue color into one of the bowls
Add in a few drops of red into the second bowl and mix until combined
Leave the third bowl white
Pour the red batter into one cake pan
Pour the blue batter into the second cake pan
Pour the white batter into the third cake pan
Bake the pans in the preheated oven for 21-25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
Allow cakes to cool completely on the counters
Remove cakes from pans and place onto a cutting board
Using the cake leveler, cut the domes off of the cakes to create even slices
How to Make Vanilla Frosting:
Using a standing mixer, beat together all ingredients until smooth and stiff peaks form, about 5-7 minutes
Scoop out two cups of frosting and place into another small bowl
Directions on putting the cake together
Place the Red cake layer onto the cake board
Scoop about 1 1/2 C of frosting onto the cake layer and spread evenly
Place the white cake layer on top of the frosting
Scoop 1 1/2 C of frosting onto the blue layer and spread evenly
Place the Blue cake layer on top of the second layer or frosting
Once the layers have been stacked on top of each other, use the remaining frosting and frost the entire cake completely
Place the cake onto a large cookie sheet
Open one container of patrioitc sprinkles and coat the sides of the cake completely
Divide the frosting into three bowls, add a few drops of red food coloring into one bowl, blue food coloring into the second bowl and leave the third white
Using a large cup and the piping bag, scoop the red frosting onto one side of the piping bag
Scoop the blue frosting onto another side of the piping bag
Scoop the white frosting into the piping bag
Pipe dollops of frosting around the top edge of the cake
Sprinkle some more patriotic sprinkles onto the top of the cake
Remove cake from cookie sheet and place into the fridge for one hour before removing and cutting slices out.
Grab your free printable for our red white and blue layer cake recipe:
Vanilla Frosting Ingredients:
This patriotic layer cake is super easy to make and makes a big impression on your guests! It’s perfect for a Memorial Day or 4th of July dessert – or even a Guy Fawkes dessert! (Or make it for a Captain Marvel family movie night!)