My Favorite Holiday
Third only to Christmas Day and New Year's Eve, the Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate. The warm weather, BBQ, and fireworks are just some of the reasons. Eating yummy desserts on our nation's birthday is another one.
While I do not possess the creative cake decorating skills my sister does, I attempted to make my first patriotic dessert on the 4th of July. What do you think?
A Not-So-Simple Cake
I think it's safe to say "I will never make an angel food cake again". I honestly did not realize, when I bought the cake mix, how ridiculously annoying it would be. Lesson learned: read the directions first! I chose it because it was the only white cake on the shelf at Aldi.
While the finished product resulted in a tasty treat, it wasn't without plenty of blood, sweat, and tears. Okay, minus the blood. The directions said I needed an electric mixer so I could beat the egg whites hard enough to make "very stiff peaks". It also said I had to put the batter in a tube pan. Unfortunately, I don't own either of these. A whisk might make very stiff peaks. However, I will never know since I gave up after ten minutes with only a sore arm to show for it.
Mom to the rescue! She has an electric mixer, but the closest we could get to a tube pan was a bundt pan. At this point, I just wanted to get it done.
Fast forward to the cake is baked, frosted, and fresh fruit added to the top. This is what it looked like before I sliced it.
As you can see, the top is lined with raspberries and blueberries. Easy peasy!
The other part that was super easy to prepare was the fresh strawberry sauce. All I did was wash a pint of strawberries and cut them in bite size pieces. I added some sugar, stirred and put the bowl in the fridge for about an hour. Piece of cake! (pun intended).
My Sister's 4th of July Treat
Although my sister and I celebrated the holiday at different parties, she did make a patriotic dessert and allowed me to share it here.
Did you make a patriotic dessert on the 4th of July?