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4th of July Picnic Dessert!

Summer is my favorite time of year. One of the reasons why is because I love going to see the fireworks with my family. We usually pack a picnic lunch and make a whole day out of it! So here’s my recipe for the dessert I am going to make for this year’s picnic, what I like to call Firecracker Cake! It’s really just red velvet cake, layered with vanilla pound cake, and cream cheese frosting! Oh, and some Americana sprinkles too! Enjoy!

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To make this jar-full-o-yum, I used my signature recipes for red velvet cake and vanilla butter pound cake. Check out this post (and this one too) for the real baking instructions. But for this, I’ll just give you a general overview. For both recipes, I halved the original since I wouldn’t need as much.

 

To make the red velvet, I grabbed some ingredients, [flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, vegetable oil, buttermilk, eggs, red food coloring, distilled white vinegar, and vanilla extract] mixed them together, and presto! You’ve got red velvet cake batter! Don’t you wish it was that easy ;)

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Bake this yummy goodness, after you’ve had a taste test of course, at 325º for 30-35 minutes. Once it’s done, allow it to cool and then cut it into pieces that’ll fit inside your dessert jars. I couldn’t find my circlular cookie cutter, so I just used my handy dandy pizza cutter! Whatever gets the job done!

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Then, I did the same thing for the pound cake! My favorite of the two, but don’t tell anyone! Don’t forget to halve the recipe either!

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After it cooled, I actually cut the pound cake in half and trimmed the edges. That way, it would show through the jar as a white cake instead of a brown crust.

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Then, I made the frosting. Super easy! Just combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, a splash of milk, and some vanilla extract.

 

In your to-go dessert containers, layer red velvet cake, frosting, sprinkles, pound cake, and more frosting. Then do it all over again! Thanks to my friend Alysha for my super cute glass jars!

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You’ll end up with the cutest, most delicious 4th of July dessert ever! Your family will be sure to love it! I know mine will!

 

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6 comments for “4th of July Picnic Dessert!

  1. July 1, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Hey! I was just out browsing some new blogs and came across yours from the Wake up Wednesday hop! So glad I found your blog :) I’m excited to be following along via Bloglovin!
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    • July 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Whitney,

      I’m excited you found us and I’ll definitely follow back! I love making new bloggee friends!

  2. July 2, 2014 at 5:55 am

    This looks so DELICIOUS!! I am going to make this with the kids as it looks like it should be easy enough to add in several pairs of little helping hands!

    • July 2, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you, Jenn! It’s a good recipe to make with the kiddos, especially because it looks pretty no matter what! ;)

  3. July 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I love how festive and (seemingly) easy this dessert is! Happy 4th!

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