This Red White and Two 4th of July Cake is perfect for a patriotic 2nd birthday party! If your baby has a birthday anywhere near the 4th of July - this cake works! It can be a Red, White, and Two Cake for a 2-year-old OR a Red White, and Blue Cake for any age or patriotic party!
When Diane was describing the cake she wanted for her baby girl's second birthday, I got so excited! She told me that Eleanor loved the red, white, and blue ice pops so she wanted to make sure I included those in the design.
While she did send a couple of pictures of 4th of July cakes for inspiration, she told me she wasn't tied to those designs specifically. She did want the main colors to be red, white, and blue plus some light blue to soften it a bit so the cake wouldn't look so 'grown up.'
My wheels started turning and I was so happy with the final cake!
Red White and Two 4th of July Cake Details
- I made a double batch of White Almond Sour Cream Cake and baked three 8-inch layers to stack up for this cake. I had a little extra batter, by the way.
- The cake was filled and frosted with Vanilla Buttercream. I had to have two big batches for this cake.
Ingredients and Tools Needed for Decorations
- Ateco #862 tip to pipe the stars and little dollops of white frosting
- Piping bags
- Red, white, and blue jimmies
- Red and blue twisted lollipops (see a few varieties here, here, here, and here)
- Mini star cookie cutter
- Red fondant and blue fondant
- Ice pop mold
- Popsicle sticks
- Red, white, and blue candy melts
- Heavy cream (to add to candy melts for drip)
- I displayed the cake on this tall red cake stand
How to Decorate a Red White and Blue Cake
- Add a single drop of royal blue gel coloring to one batch of vanilla buttercream. Mix thoroughly and add more color if needed to get the perfect shade of light blue.
- Fill and frost the entire cake, then smooth it and chill it for at least 30 minutes.
- Use an ice pops mold to make two chocolate ice pops. I melted red candy melts, then filled a mold about ⅓ full and let it set in the fridge. Then I added white and chilled again. Then blue and a stick to finish it off. When chilled, the chocolate ice pop just pops right out!
- Add red drip (you can use this canned frosting hack) or make ganache using red candy melts to make the drip. Tips here for the drip. I used a squeeze bottle to do the drip on this cake.
- Pipe some stars around the sides of the cake with white buttercream and the #862 piping tip.
- Add red, white and blue jimmies - every 4th of July cake needs these 😉
- Add red and blue twisted lollipops - I bought mine in a brick-and-mortar store, but you can see a few varieties here, here, here, and here
- Cut stars out of red and blue fondant and add those randomly around the cake.
- Use melted chocolate to "glue" a lollipop stick to the top one of the ice pops (at an angle) so it can stand upside down on the cake.