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Getting ready for all of the food, fun and fireworks?
I thought I would share a fun recipe to celebrate the
4th and this patriotic red, white and blue cake is
perfect! This is one of my favorites in the patriotic
looking dessert department. The best part is you decorate
it right in the 9x13 inch pan you bake it in. This could
get you more "oooooooo.....s" from your crowd than the
fireworks on the 4th!

Enjoy & be safe!
Marzee

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RECIPE: RED WHITE AND BLUE CAKE

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You will need the cake ingredients, frosting ingredients,
two pints of strawberries de-stemmed and cut into halves,
and one pint of blueberries washed and drained on a paper
towel.

CAKE INGREDIENTS:
2 1/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg whites (1/2 cup)

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 baking
pan. In a large bowl, Measure flour, sugar, baking powder,
salt, shortening, 2/3 cup of milk and the vanilla into a
large mixing bowl. Beat 2 minutes on high speed, scraping
bowl occasionally. Add remaining milk and the egg whites;
beat 2 minutes high speed scraping bowl occasionally. Pour
batter into pan, Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until a toothpick
inserted into the cake comes out clean.

FROSTING INGREDIENTS:
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar, if required

DIRECTIONS:
Combine sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt in a saucepan;
stir until well blended. Boil slowly without stirring until
mixture will spin a long thread when a little is dropped
from a spoon (hold the spoon high above saucepan). In a
large bowl, beat egg whites with a mixer until they are
stiff, but still moist. Pour hot syrup slowly over egg
whites while beating. Continue until mixture is very fluffy,
and will hold its shape. Add vanilla, and beat until blended.
If icing does not seem stiff enough, beat in 2 or 3 tablespoons
confectioners sugar 1 tablespoon at a time until stiff enough
to hold its shape. Spread on cake.

DECORATING:
Spread the icing generously over the completely cooled cake.
In the top left hand corner of the frosted cake, arrange the
blueberries into an outline of a rectangle that is 5 inches
wide and 4 inches tall. Press the berries down into the
frosting. Fill the blueberry outline in with the remaining
blueberries. The blueberries will look best if placed in rows,
the icing between them will resemble stars. Place strawberry
halves cut side down in rows going across the cake horizontally.
The bottom stripe of the flag is red, so start the first row
at the bottom. Be sure to press the berries down into the
frosting so the stripes will not be raised above the fluffy
frosting. Serve any leftover berries with the sliced cake and
ice cream.

Categories: Desserts, Holiday

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*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* MARZEE's CORNER *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Watching the fireworks is the highlight of every 4th of
July holiday, but there is one thing that makes watching
the fireworks even more enjoyable - the treats! By the time
the fireworks extravaganza begins, everyone's taste buds
are hoping for something small and scrumptious to munch!
The fireworks show is a perfect opportunity to wow your
guests by pulling together a small, portable array of late
night snacks. Make a fireworks snack box or baggie full of
treats that guests old and young can carry with them to the
perfect spot for viewing the fireworks!

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