4th of July Cake

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4th of July Cake recipe with cream cheese frosting inside is a fun and festive dessert to make with your family, or to the July 4th Bar-B-Q.

Patriotic-Roll-Cake-Kristen-Duke4th of July Cake is a thing, did you know that? Colorful, and ready to party, this dessert is so fun for any patriotic gathering.  It’s a bit of a time intensive process, but well worth it for the final reveal. I was first introduced to the cake roll years ago as a pumpkin roll. They are my FAVORITE in the fall. Just like that dessert, this has a delicious cream cheese filling in the center, outside is a doctored cake mix from a box, but in Americana colors:  red, white, and blue!  I got the idea for the stripes from a mardi gras roll I found from Hungry Happenings, but I used my own cake recipe and filling.

July 4th cake recipe

Are you ready for the 4th of July Cake recipe???

INGREDIENTS

cake:

  • 1 box vanilla, white, or yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt

filling:

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 tablespoons  butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, sugar and flour.  Mix to combine.
  3. Add in water, eggs, vanilla extract, and yogurt to the dry ingredients and mix well using an mixer.  Mix for approximately two minutes.
  4. Line bottom of two 10×15-inch jelly roll pans with parchment paper sprayed with baking spray.
  5. Divide batter equally among 2 bowls.
  6. Use red and blue color paste to each bowl of batter until you get a rich color. Paste will give a darker color than standard coloring. I like to use Wilton paste.
  7. Pour batter into individual sandwich sized zip-lock bags, zip to close
  8. Snip the tips off the bags and start layers of colored stripes at an angle across one pan. Alternate blue and red until complete. Continue until both pans are filled with stripes.
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes.
  10. Immediately flip cakes out of their pans, peel off the parchment paper, flip over onto a clean piece of parchment paper and immediately roll up the cake along with the parchment paper. Let it sit at room temperature for 10 minutes, then refrigerate for one hour or more until cool.
  11. Make the filling by beating cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla until well blended.
  12. When the cakes are cool, unroll carefully, peeling the parchment paper off as you go.
  13. Spread half of the frosting over top of each cake, then tightly re-roll.
  14. Refrigerate until ready to serve, cut into slices to serve.

*If you don’t care for cream cheese, you can also use any type of frosting.

I always love a visual step by step in pictures, so I took a few for ya!

Step by Step Patriotic cake roll

After the cake bakes, pull off the first parchment and place it on a new parchment paper to cool, and roll it up.

rolling the patriotic cake roll

Once it’s cool, spread the filling, and roll it up for good!

Patriotic Cake Roll

Excited to make this 4th of July Cake for our celebration this year!

If you’d like other Patriotic and July 4th ideas, I’ve got a good handful on my site, including an American flag donut wall, learn patriotic songs like the Star Spangled Banner, tips to photograph fireworks, and free printable July 4th photo booth props!

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