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For the last 8 years we have had the prime viewing spot for the 4th of July Fireworks. In fact, people used to flock to our building from all around the county because it was their "secret spot." It was so nice never having to go anywhere which meant that we could have an extra cocktail (or
Now that we have finally moved, we have no idea where to go. I'm thinking that we may be able to see some from our backyard, but not sure if we want to risk not being able to see them. However, the thought of driving on the 4th scares me to death! This will be the first year where we have a yard large enough for a party and we really want our guests to stay the whole evening and not have to rush off for fireworks!
The 4th of July is pretty much the only time of year that I make red velvet. It fits so perfectly with the iconic red, white and blue theme. Since cake decorating is not my forte, I turned to my favorite candy, Twizzlers Twists. They add such a cute finish! Not to mention, everyone loves eating them.
I unfortunately was not able to find the special 4th of July Twizzlers Pull N Peel at my local Walmart, so I had to buy 6 rainbow packs in order to get enough blue for the cake, so I turned to my best inspiration friend, Pinterest. Pinterest suggested I make a cute Twizzlers Twists wreathe and use the remainder in a vase for a flower bouquet. What would you do with extras?
- 2 ¼ cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sour cream , room temperature
- 1 ½ tablespoons red food coloring
- 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup unsalted butter , room temp.
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon table salt
- ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup whole milk or heavy cream
- Red and Blue Twizzlers
- Red , White, and Blue Sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease 4 6in baking rounds.
In a bowl, combine cake flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda, and salt. Mix together.
In the bowl of your mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time.
In a small bowl combine sour cream, food coloring, vinegar and extract.
Alternatively, gradually add flour and sour cream mixture and mix on low until just combined. Do not over mix.
Evenly distribute batter into 3 six inch pans or 2 eight inch pans. Bake pans for about 20 minutes or until a knife is inserted and comes out clean.
For the frosting, combine all the ingredients and beat on low for 1 minute.
Increase mixing speed to medium high and beat for 3 minutes or until smooth.
Frost cake. Garnish with Twizzlers Twists and sprinkles.