Happy Birthday America!

5:15 a.m. came early this morning, but that's okay, because we were starting this day out on the lake. Not only is it a Friday and I have no work, but today is a glorious day because it is the Fourth of July and I am feeling especially patriotic.  And, as if mirroring my own feelings, the beautiful Wyoming sky decided to get into the American spirit as well.  

Pulling up to the lake we were presented with one of the most glorious red, white and blue sunrises I have seen in many years.  Luckily, my trusty new Nikon D3200 is now a constant staple of my everyday wardrobe and I was able to capture the majesty before it quickly faded away.


By 8 a.m. the temperature was nearing 80 degrees so we packed up and headed home.  While normally this is when I would retreat to the comfort of my lovely new house with this wonderful invention known as Central Air, today was different.  Because it is the 4th of July, it would feel wrong to not be engulfed in extreme heat.

With my spirits raised and a good start to my morning I decided it was about time I got back into one of my many hobbies and bake a cake.  But not just any cake, no, a birthday cake ('Murica!).

Now, as many of you know, I like to try and take unhealthy foods and make them healthy.  Trade wheat for rice flour, pasta for quinoa--I love it!  But I have to tell you....this is NOT one of those times.  Cake is meant to be enjoyed in all of it's gloriously fatty, sugary goodness.  But I am going to take it one step further and make a cake that would give Cake Boss a run for his money.  If you want a cake that blows those store bought/bakery brands out of the water, this is the one for you.  Hey...it's a holiday! 

'Murica Birthday Cake (Can You Taste the Freedom?)

Things You'll Need: White Cake Mix, Frosting, Hot Tamales and Sparklers!

In order to bake a boxed cake to it's full delicious potential you will need to make some substitutions to the instructions on the box.
1. Add 1-2 more eggs to increase the richness of the cake.
2. Replace the oil with melted butter and double the amount used.
3. Replace water with milk (use equal amounts)
4. Bake as instructed.



Because this is America's Birthday Cake I had to add some patriotic colors.  A few drops of red and blue food coloring did the trick.  After 25 minutes in the oven at 350 degrees and 10 minutes in the freezer to speed the cooling process, this baby was ready to decorate!


Unfortunately I ran out of frosting before I finished.  Luckily I had some whipped cream in the fridge to finish the job.  Just beware, this will melt...fast!  Now add some sparklers for an added flare and start your singing....or binge eating, your choice.




Happy birthday America!!!  Enjoy your holiday everyone!

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