You can add a festive touch to a Christmas or Fourth of July party with a bell-shaped cake. Some bakeries carry this type of cake, but it may be expensive or difficult to find. Fortunately, you can make your own bell cake using your favourite cake recipe and a bell-shaped cake pan that you can purchase online or at cookware speciality store.
Mix your cake batter according to the directions on the box of cake mix or your favourite cake recipe and set aside.
Grease a bell-shaped cake pan with a small amount of butter or non-stick cooking spray.
Pour the batter into the bell cake pan. Place the pan into the oven and bake at the temperature required in the directions on the box of cake mix or your favourite cake recipe.
Check the cake for doneness at the end of the required baking time by inserting a toothpick into the centre of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is done. If crumbs or batter cling to the toothpick, continue baking the cake in 5-minute increments and checking for doneness until the cake is completely cooked.
Remove the cake from the bell cake pan and carefully transfer it to a cake plate.
Apply frosting in the colour of your choice to the bell cake using a frosting spatula. Pipe details on the bell cake using a pastry bag fitted with a decorating tip or sprinkle coloured sugar or other decorations on your cake, if desired.