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Easy Red White and Blue Bundt Cake

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Now that it’s Summer, it’s time to start planning all of those fun get-togethers! And of course, when friends and family get together, there has to be amazing food to go along with the great conversation! When you are planning out your dessert menu, this Red White and Blue Bundt Cake checks all of the boxes. It’s semi-homemade, moist, easy to make, and it’s delicious! If you are looking for a patriotic cake that everyone will love, this is it!

How to Make a Red White and Blue Bundt Cake for 4th of July or Any Patriotic Holiday

I don’t know about you, but the older I get, the more I love spending time at the dessert table. There are so many amazing desserts out there and so little time to try them all. I mean, shouldn’t we just eat dessert first?

As you are planning out your menu for your July 4th dinner, make sure that you have easy cold salads like our Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad, delicious finger foods such as our BBQ Chicken Legs, and of course, something to wash it down like our Fruity Red Sangria.

Why This Recipe Works

You need to make this because it’s

  • Easy – you can use your favorite store-bought white cake mix or your go-to from-scratch recipe.
  • Versatile – there is no set way to add in the colored batter. It’s totally up to you.
  • Bright and colorful – if you are looking for something that will really make your guests say, “WOW”, this is it!

Expert Tips, Ingredient List and Suggestions for Recipe Success

  • White cake mix – this can be store-bought or homemade.
  • Gel food coloring – I highly recommend using gel. It really helps you get the deep color you are looking for when you are baking.
  • Unsalted butter – make sure to use unsalted butter when greasing your Bundt cake. That way you are limiting the salt you are adding to your cake.

You will find a complete breakdown of the recipe as well as the ingredients needed in the printable recipe card below. I have included a few in-process steps as well as images for your reference.

Step by Step Directions

Step 1: Preheat your oven according to the directions on the cake mix.

Step 2: Prepare your Bundt cake pan. This step is CRUCIAL. I can’t stress this step enough. You must thoroughly coat the pan with fat (i.e. butter) and then add a layer of flour to ensure the pan is coated with butter and flour. Every nook and cranny must be covered. This is the only way to make sure that your cake will release properly from the pan.

Step 3: In a large bowl, prepare your cake according to the directions on your box of cake mix or following along with your favorite homemade cake mix recipe.

Step 4: Separate the batter into three bowls. I measured out two cups of batter into each bowl.

Step 5: Leave one bowl white, add in a drop of red gel coloring into another bowl, and in the last bowl add in one drop of the blue. If you are using gel food coloring, use a little bit at a time. Since you get such a dark color quickly when using gel, you will get your result quicker then when using the regular food coloring. If you want a darker color, add a little more coloring in at a time.

Step 6: Pour in the blue batter first. Then add in the white. Finally, add in the red. Now, if you prefer for the cake to have a different look, feel free to change the colors around. It’s totally up to you.

Step 7: Set the timer on the oven to the lowest setting recommended on the cake mix and place the cake in the oven. The key when baking a Bundt cake is to make sure it doesn’t get too brown. Continue testing the cake with a cake tester or toothpick until it comes out clean. Remove from oven.

Step 8: Let the cake rest in the pan for approximately 10 minutes. Then, invert the cake pan onto a plate or onto a cake stand, and let the cake naturally drop out of the pan. Let the cake finish cooling.

Step 9: Once the cake has finally cooled, drizzle with icing and top with sprinkles if desired.

Step 10: Slice and enjoy!

FAQ About this Recipe

Why is Bundt cake so moist?

The first reason is because you have to butter and flour every single nook and cranny of the pan so that it releases when baked. That’s why it’s key to use a really good unsalted butter to grease your pan. That way your batter will absorb all of that flavor and it will help make that cake extra moist.

Should you let a Bundt cake cool before flipping it?

Yes. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before flipping it onto a plate or cake stand.

How long does it take a Bundt cake to cool?

Once you’ve waited the 10 minutes to flip it, it takes about another 20 minutes for the cake to totally cool so that you can frost it.

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Red White and Blue Bundt Cake

Now that it’s Summer, it’s time to start planning all of those fun get-togethers! And of course, when friends and family get together, there has to be amazing food to go along with the great conversation! When you are planning out your dessert menu, this Red White and Blue Bundt Cake checks all of the boxes. It’s semi-homemade, moist, easy to make, and it’s delicious! If you are looking for a patriotic cake that everyone will love, this is it!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Cooling 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box White Cake Mix (Store-bought)
  • ingredients listed on back of box
  • Patriotic Gel Food Color Kit
  • 2 cups Powdered sugar
  • 6 tsp. water
  • unsalted butter to grease the pan
  • flour just enough to flour the pan

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven according to the directions on the cake mix.
  • Prepare your Bundt cake pan. This step is CRUCIAL. I can’t stress this step enough. You must thoroughly coat the pan with fat (i.e. butter) and then add a layer of flour to ensure the pan is coated with butter and flour. Every nook and cranny must be covered. This is the only way to make sure that your cake will release properly from the pan.
  • In a large bowl, prepare your cake according to the directions on your box of cake mix or following along with your favorite homemade cake mix recipe.
  • Separate the batter into three bowls. I measured out two cups of batter into each bowl.
  • Leave one bowl white, add in a drop of red gel coloring into another bowl, and in the last bowl add in one drop of the blue. If you are using gel food coloring, use a little bit at a time. Since you get such a dark color quickly when using gel, you will get your result quicker then when using the regular food coloring. If you want a darker color, add a little more coloring in at a time.
  • Pour in the blue batter first. Then add in the white. Finally, add in the red. Now, if you prefer for the cake to have a different look, feel free to change the colors around. It’s totally up to you.
  • Set the timer on the oven to the lowest setting recommended on the cake mix and place the cake in the oven. The key when baking a Bundt cake is to make sure it doesn’t get too brown. Continue testing the cake with a cake tester or toothpick until it comes out clean. Remove from oven.
  • Let the cake rest in the pan for approximately 10 minutes. Then, invert the cake pan onto a plate or onto a cake stand, and let the cake naturally drop out of the pan. Let the cake finish cooling.
  •  Once the cake has finally cooled, drizzle with icing and top with sprinkles if desired. To make the icing, in a medium sized bowl, add in the powdered sugar and gradually add in the water until you get the desired thickness you want for your cake. Then drizzle the icing, using either a plastic squeeze bottle, a Ziploc bag with the tip cut off, or a spoon. Top with sprinkles.
  • Slice and enjoy!
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