Firework cakes are appropriate for special occasions such as the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. Another time to bake a fireworks cake would be for someone who has a birthday in July. With basic red, white and blue colours and added accessories, a firework cake can be spectacular.
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Use of Cake Pan
Select a speciality cake pan that resembles a castle, with three or four different size towers to use as your rockets. Bake the cake using store-bought box cake mix in any flavour you desire. Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the pan and place it on a baking tray for decorating. Cut off any extra cake, creating a flat surface to work with. Make roughly 100 stars using the star tip and red and blue icing. Allow the stars to dry. Use red, white and blue frosting created with food colouring to create rockets using the different castle towers, each resembling one rocket. Write "Happy 4th of July" in the centre and arrange floral wire to the top of each rocket, with five to six "star sprayers" coming off each rocket. Arrange the icing stars along the top of each cluster of floral wire, representing the fireworks.
Firework Cooked Sugar Cake Toppers
Turn a plain cake into a firework display by creating cooked sugar firework toppers to add on top. Using a lollipop recipe, these fireworks can be created the same way one would create a lollipop. In two separate pans, cook together on a hob 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup of water, 1/3 cup corn syrup and 1/4 tsp of cream-of-tartar for about 10 minutes or until the mixture begins to boil. Spread parchment paper on a flat surface. Use a thermometer and monitor the temperature as it cools, adding the red and blue food colouring to separate pans once the temperature reaches 135 degrees C. Once the colouring is added, drizzle the mixture onto parchment paper to resemble fireworks in the sky. Layer red and blue together in each firework. Once the fireworks are cool, add them to the top of a plain round cake that has been covered with white frosting.
Firework Swirl Cake
Create a cake that resembles fireworks within the cake itself along with the decorations on top. Bake a plain white box cake, following the instructions, using two round cake pans for baking. Once each pan is filled with 1 cup of batter, place five to seven drops each of red and blue food colouring to each cake pan. Use a toothpick and create swirls within the food colouring. Fill the pans with the remaining batter. Repeat the process with the food colouring and drop another five to seven drops each of red and blue food colouring to the batter, swirling again with toothpicks. Bake the cakes according to the directions and allow to cool when completed. Layer the cakes onto a plate and cover with white frosting. Use red and blue icing to create fireworks by making concentric circles around the top and sides of the cake. Use a toothpick and start from the centre, dragging the toothpick outwards to create the appearance of fireworks.
Create fireworks of your own during this holiday season by creating a cake that sparkles. Create a simple sparkler cake by first baking a round cake using store-bought box cake mix. Prepare the cake according to the package and set aside to cool. Once the cake is cool, assemble the layers and frost using white frosting. When the cake is complete, insert special birthday cake sparkler candles. These type of candles are meant for cakes and will not give off any fall out, creating no damage to the cake or surrounding table. Each candle will spark roughly 6 to 8 inches high and last for 45 to 50 seconds once lit. Light the candles as you bring out the cake during your holiday party.
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