Red White & Blue Cake (& introducing!)

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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!

Red, White and Blue Cake

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

Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min


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


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  • Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen wrote:

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

  • Amy@ Whatjewwannaeat wrote:

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

  • jenna wrote:

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

  • Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious wrote:

    Looks beautiful!!!

  • Katrina wrote:

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

  • Brooks at Cakewalker wrote:

    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.

  • bridget {bake at 350} wrote:

    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!

  • Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen wrote:

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

  • Cookin’ Canuck wrote:

    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.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) wrote:

    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.


  • Maris(In Good Taste) wrote:

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

  • Maria wrote:

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

  • Jenny Flake wrote:

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

  • Sandy @ RE wrote:

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

  • Renee wrote:

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

  • Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living wrote:

    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 :).

  • Barbara wrote:

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

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet wrote:

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

  • The Food Hound wrote:

    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.

  • Rachel @ Rachel’s Recipe Reviews wrote:

    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 🙂