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Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

Buttercream Blast Layer CakeThe decorations on this patriotic dessert remind me of a fireworks display. Since the recipe…

Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

Buttercream Blast Layer Cake

Ingredients

1 package white cake mix (regular size) 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough, softened 2/3 cup all-purpose flour 12 lollipop sticks BUTTERCREAM: 1-1/4 cups shortening 1/3 cup plus 4 teaspoons water 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract 5 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 tablespoon plus 3/4 teaspoon meringue powder DECORATING: Red and blue colored sugar Coarse sugar Red and blue paste food coloring 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

Directions

Prepare and bake cake according to package

Directions

, using two greased 9-in.

round baking pans.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine cookie dough and flour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in.

thickness.

Cut out 12 cookies with a floured 2-in.

star cookie cutter; insert lollipop sticks into dough.

Cut out eight cookies with a floured 1-in.

star cookie cutter.

Place 1 in.

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apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown.

Cool on wire racks.

For buttercream, using a heavy-duty stand mixer, combine the shortening, water and vanilla.

Combine confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder; beat into shortening mixture.

Spread 2 cups buttercream between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Sprinkle the top with colored sugar.

Frost cookie pops; sprinkle with red, blue and clear sugars.

Tint 1/3 cup frosting red and 1/3 cup blue; leave remaining frosting white.

Using a #18 star tip and white frosting, pipe a border around bottom of cake.

Using a #4 round tip with blue frosting and an additional #18 star tip with red frosting, pipe four flags on sides of cake.

In a microwave, heat corn syrup for 10 seconds or just until bubbly.

Brush over one side of small star cookies; sprinkle with red and blue sugars.

Press onto sides of cake.

Press cookie pops into top of cake.

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