Saturday, June 25, 2011

4th of July Star Cake {Tutorial}

So, my friends know I love to bake desserts. BUT, I’m not one for rolling out pastry or fondant. I am all about EASY food! {See my Pinterest Photo Board “Food Even I Can Make”: here} Maybe if I had the time I would, but I’m a single mom folks, AND I have a full time teaching job, so any time I find a recipe that requires little effort on my part, but LOOKS like I spent a lot of time creating it, is right up my ally! ;o)
SO, I found a “fun food” recipe book for kids and it had this really cool looking star cake and it was so easy to make, I had to try it!! Here is the final product & below are the super easy directions:


  • Your favorite cake recipe. (I used a strawberry cake for the 4th of July party, since it was red)
  • White frosting
  • FRUIT ROLL UPS (Yep, I said fruit roll ups! Red & blue, but any color you want will do)
  • A STAR shaped cookie cutter {I used a 3” copper cutter}

I will assume you know how to bake a cake, and since I am no authority on it (I’m a ‘from the box’ kind of girl) if you want some extra cake baking tips, click here

I will focus on the stars! Smile Once you bake & frost your delicious cake, it is time to roll out the fruit roll ups! {Pun intended}

Most simple directions EVER:
1. Unroll fruit roll ups.
2. Cut with {SHARP} star cookie cutter. {Fruit roll ups can be sticky}
3. Place on top of cake {or cupcake!}

So, those directions could not be more easy, but I did learn a couple things to make it even easier:
  • Keep the fruit roll ups COLD! It was warm at my house, but even room temperature, those things stuck together making them too sticky to unroll or cut. I kept them in the ‘fridge and then pulled them out one by one as I needed to cut them.
  • Even cold, a SHARP cookie cutter works best! The roll ups WANT to stick together, so a sharp cutter and patient pulling apart of your stenciled cut out will do the job.
  • If you can keep your cake cold/refrigerated that will make the fruit roll up starts easier to cut off the cake. Next time, I’ll use a smaller cookie cutter so I can have more stars on the cake and I won’t have to worry as much about where I cut the cake.
  • Finally, I didn’t realize that PLAIN blue & red fruit roll ups would be so hard to find. I didn’t have time to shop around, so that’s why I have the multicolored stars, but I’m sure if you had time, you could find the perfect colors. Smile
Here are a few more pics of the cake:


{If you want to learn how to make that sweet cake stand, click here!}

I’d love to see your version of this fruit roll up inspired cake decor! I am already thinking it would be fun to cut out red hearts for Valentine’s day and so many other shapes!!! Smile

Happy Baking! xo

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Cooking with K said...

Great following you. Your profile is so also shaped by His Grace!

Tonia @ said...

Saw this cake on CRAFT and had to come check it out to see how you made the stars! Wonderful!! There are so many shapes you could do like this!!

{Shaped by Grace} said...

Thank you for following & for the sweet comment K! :) And thanks Tonia! {I'm a huge fan of The Gunny Sack!!!!!} God Bless! xo

Erin said...

Totally cute! I'm all about easy! This is great!

BluBabesCreate said...

The kinda crap that grows my waistline and makes me wanna come to your blog!

Jessica@MakeItLovely said...

very cute!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a cute idea! I bought some red fruit roll ups to try and make something for the 4th but I still haven't figured out what I want to make just yet:)

Jenn said...

Cute cake!

Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper said...

Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

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