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Red White & Blue Cake (& introducing!)

My boy turned 10 last weekend.  His 1st double digit birthday… a monumental event.  It was celebrated with Nutella-topped toast for breakfast, a baseball game where he played his favorite positions (pitcher & 1st base), a Padre’s game and a sleepover with two best friends. I always ask my little guy what sort of cake he desires for his birthday. This year it was a red, white and blue cake. And as I do every year, I asked my boy a few questions on his birthday…

What did you get for your birthday?
a food blog!!-

How do you feel about that?
Yayyy!  I get to be like my Mom now.

What are your plans for your food blog?
I’ll make recipes, tell stories, review cookbooks and products that I like, and I’ll be doing my OWN photography too.

What recipe ideas do you have lined up for your blog?
So far, I’m thinking Snicker’s Bar Pie, Twix Cheesecake Pie, Grammy’s Tuna Casserole, Salisbury Steak, and something from Matt’s On a Stick cookbook.

Who do you hope to inspire?
all kids!  I’d like to inspire kids to write food blogs themselves and to make easy recipes.

What famous food people do you hope to meet someday?
The Pioneer Woman, Picky Palate, Bobby Flay and that guy from Man vs. Food

What do you like to do when you’re not in the kitchen?
play sports (my favorites are football and basketball)

What are your favorite subjects in school?
recess, math and reading

What’s the last book you read?
Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars

What are you favorite foods?
Oreo-stuffed chocolate chip cookies, corn on the cob, pancakes with fresh raspberries and ravioli with marinara sauce

Love this kid and love that he’s interested in growing up as a foodie!  What a proud mama I am!  Check out RecipeBoy’s food blog:  With a little guidance from Mom, he’ll be doing all of his own cooking, writing, and photography.  And I’m sure he’ll be thrilled if he begins getting some regular readers.  His first post is up, and he’s already hard at work on his 2nd!

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Red, White and Blue Cake

A festive cake for a red, white and blue holiday celebration...


2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
red and blue gel paste coloring


1. Center two racks in the oven and preheat oven to 350°F. Spray three 8 or 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick spray. Add a spoonful of flour to each, shake it around and tap out the excess.

2. To Make Cake: Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together buttermilk and egg whites in a medium bowl. In a large separate, large bowl, use an electric mixer to blend together butter and sugar; beat at medium speed for a full 3 minutes, until the mixture is very light. Beat in the extract, then add one third of the flour mixture, still beating on medium speed. Beat in half of the buttermilk-egg mixture, then beat in half of the remaining dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the rest of the buttermilk and eggs, then add the last of the dry ingredients. Finally, give the batter a good 2 minute beating to ensure that it is thoroughly mixed and well aerated. Divide the batter evenly between three glass bowls. Color two of the bowls of batter- one dark red and one dark blue. Just add the color a little at a time until you reach the hue you'd like. Scoop each of the batters into their own prepared pan.

3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes for 8-inch rounds (15 to 20 for 9-inch), or until the cakes have risen and are springy to the touch- a toothpick inserted into the centers should come out clean. Transfer cakes to cooling racks and cool for about 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes. Invert and cool to room temperature right side up on wire racks. When cooled, frost the cake as you would a 3-layer cake, frosting each layer before adding the next, and then covering the whole cake with frosting too. Frosting recs in tips below...


*Don't use liquid food coloring to dye the cake batter. You'll end up adding too much liquid to the mixture and it won't turn out great. Gel paste coloring can be found at baking supply stores or craft stores. It's concentrated, and it will give you the deep red and blue hues you're looking for in this cake.
*I like to use one of two frosting recipes for a cake like this:
Pipeable Cream Cheese Frosting
Wedding Cake Buttercream



  1. postedMay 23, 2011 4:50 AM

    What a great gift (love his blog!) and an adorable cake! I like the idea of asking your child questions every year and documenting them–what a great way too look back 🙂

  2. postedMay 23, 2011 4:59 AM
    The Food Hound

    I saw you from afar at BlogHer this weekend, but I didn’t get a chance to come over and say hi! Love your blog, and I’ve printed a bunch of your recipes to try! I LOVE that your son wants to be a food blogger!! And I love this cake- very cool for a summery birthday.

  3. postedMay 23, 2011 5:27 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Your sun is so adorable! I love that he wants to be like you:-) Fantastic looking cake!

  4. postedMay 23, 2011 5:29 AM

    Nice red white and blue cake for the birthday boy! And his blog looks wonderful…I hope he is very successful with it.

  5. postedMay 23, 2011 5:30 AM

    My heart melted a little bit reading this post… I love that your son has started his own food blog. I’m off to peruse recipeBOY right now :).

  6. postedMay 23, 2011 5:58 AM

    That’s absolutely precious that he wants to start blogging. It’s so many talents and learning all rolled into one idea!

  7. postedMay 23, 2011 6:28 AM

    Yay for Birthday Boy. Looks like he survived without his mum on the big day 🙂 Awesome cake, too!

  8. postedMay 23, 2011 6:35 AM

    What a cake! So fun, Happy Birthday to recipe boy, he is just a little cutie pie, can’t wait to follow his success!

  9. postedMay 23, 2011 6:36 AM

    Love the cake!! Happy Birthday to Recipe Boy! I am so excited to follow his blog!

  10. postedMay 23, 2011 6:37 AM

    As well you should be very proud! (of him and that gorgeous cake!)

  11. postedMay 23, 2011 7:32 AM
    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    happy bday to your “little” boy. Time.Flies. Wow!!!

    And for his new blog…that’s so awesome.

    My 4 yr old asks me when I get some swag or samples in the mail who’s blog it came from and which girl made it and could I show her a picture on my computer of the girl who made the food. Classic food blogger’s child.


  12. postedMay 23, 2011 8:24 AM

    I’m looking forward to reading Recipe Boy’s posts. As for his answer about his favorite school subjects (“recess”), he and my son are kindred spirits.

  13. postedMay 23, 2011 8:28 AM

    Lori you must be so very proud! I’ve caught my Four Year Old Foodie taking pics of his food recently. Too cute! 🙂

  14. postedMay 23, 2011 8:39 AM

    How FUN!!! I think my son would love to do a blog about EATING food! 😉

    Happy Birthday, Happy Blogging to Recipe Boy!

    And I LOVE that cake!

  15. postedMay 23, 2011 8:57 AM
    Brooks at Cakewalker

    LOVE this! The boy and the recipe! You must be so proud. Best wishes to you both…I’m heading over to his site now.

  16. postedMay 23, 2011 9:54 AM

    Aww love recipe boy! This cake looks so tasty. Great post overall!

  17. postedMay 23, 2011 11:40 AM

    Looks beautiful!!!

  18. postedMay 23, 2011 1:26 PM

    happy bday recipe boy!! so adorable!! 🙂 i love the idea of this festive cake as well!

  19. postedMay 23, 2011 2:33 PM

    That is too cute! I am super impressed with recipe boy’s blog. Love the cake too!

  20. postedMay 23, 2011 3:27 PM

    That is so awesome! What a good idea to get him involved. I can’t wait to follow 🙂

  21. postedMay 24, 2011 8:28 AM

    Well, Brooks did inspire Kayvon. He keeps asking me when can he start HIS blog.

  22. postedMay 24, 2011 2:35 PM

    Now that is the reddest, whitest, bluest cake I’ve ever seen! So wonderful to see how bright it is!

  23. postedMay 24, 2011 4:02 PM

    Oh how fun! The cake is lovely and it’s awesome that your little boy has his own food blog!! 🙂

  24. postedMay 24, 2011 6:39 PM

    LOVE it!!!! Love your son, love the cake, love it all! So cool!

  25. postedMay 24, 2011 7:03 PM

    What a fun cake, Lori!

  26. postedMay 25, 2011 7:15 AM

    Such a beautiful cake! Do you think this recipe would be suitable for a 9×11 pan?

  27. postedMay 25, 2011 2:17 PM

    This looks wonderful… I am wondering if my 4 year old will be asking me for a blog soon!!!

    I noticed your comment on the Dianne J piece today, I had wanted to go to BlogHer Food though couldn’t make it, I probably would have been worried about approaching you but I wouldn’t be now after reading your comment! 🙂

  28. postedMay 25, 2011 5:23 PM

    Such a cute cake! I love it when confections are themed–thanks for sharing! 😀

  29. postedMay 29, 2011 8:59 AM

    That looks so cool! Congratulations to your son 🙂 What a great idea to incorporate baking and kids…I’m sure he’s bound to be an inspiration.

  30. postedJun 5, 2011 7:26 PM

    Wow, it’s a French flag inside a cake – that would be perfect for celebrating Bastille Day when it comes up in July! Thanks!

    Congrats to RecipeBoy on the big 1-0!

  31. postedJun 7, 2011 9:25 AM

    How stinking cute!!! Happy birthday to your boy!!! That cake is gorgeous. My little girl is 4 years old now but I hope one day she will enjoy food and blogging as much as I do. Okay…I’m off to check out RecipeBoy!

  32. postedJun 12, 2011 6:26 AM

    How cool! My son likes to cook too, although he’s been content to do guests posts on my blog.

  33. postedJul 9, 2011 9:46 AM

    Is it ok i use all-purpose flour instead of cake flour? will it make a difference?

  34. postedJul 10, 2011 1:37 PM

    Hey again, umm.. can i use butter and add less salt instead here??

  35. postedJul 11, 2011 3:44 PM

    I tried this cake last week and my colors were very muted. I used 1 whole tube of the blue and red, but they looked pink and green. How many did you use?


    • postedJul 11, 2011 5:00 PM

      Not sure what you mean by “tube…” I either use the little jars of Wilton’s concentrated paste or the AmeriColor gel. I just keep adding until I get the color I’m looking for, but it’s never a whole container. That stuff is pretty darn concentrated!

  36. postedNov 20, 2011 11:59 AM

    I was on your homepage on the little computer and wanted to share my love for tbis recipe! 🙂 thanks.

  37. postedJun 25, 2012 1:52 PM

    Do you need to make any adjustments for this cake to make it at high altitude? I live at 6,000ft and I am going to make this for my daughter’s first birthday and I want it to be perfect. Any advice would be great!

    • postedJun 27, 2012 6:09 PM

      I’m terribly sorry, but I don’t have any knowledge about high altitude baking!

  38. postedSep 30, 2012 10:11 AM
    Norma Bugle

    Can I freeze the cake before I ice it? Making it for a large group.

    • postedOct 3, 2012 10:52 AM

      If you wrap the layers individually with plastic wrap, they should be fine in the freezer until you are ready to defrost and ice it.

  39. postedMar 31, 2013 2:25 PM

    I’m laughing right now, because I have a post coming out tomorrow morning for Dodger Blue Velvet Cupcakes. Mine didn’t come out blue…more aqua! I used the blue gel coloring too, but maybe used too much. Your cake is the perfect blue. I should’ve Googled blue cake BEFORE I made them, not after. lol

  40. postedJun 23, 2013 10:18 PM

    I’m using a 11×15 pan…would like to create this same idea, can you tell me how much of the above ingredients I would need to achieve this.

    Thank you!

    • postedJun 24, 2013 2:21 PM

      not really sure- you’ll just have to experiment!

  41. postedJun 27, 2013 2:16 PM

    Recipe Girl you have done it again!! I love this cake. How fun with the different layers and the frosting and sprinkles on top. Perfect for a 4th of July party. I just had to share with my followers too!

  42. postedFeb 19, 2015 12:53 PM
    Linda Billingsley

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  43. postedJun 29, 2016 4:34 PM

    When you stack the three cakes, how do you make them even. Do you level them? If so, what method do you suggest. Thanks!

    • postedJun 30, 2016 3:09 AM

      I like to use bake even cake strips (found on Amazon or at craft/cake supply stores), but if you don’t have those then you can use a sharp serrated knife to gently cut off the tops to make them even.

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