Time Required :
Over an hour
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inspired independence easy layers! cake

Cheer on the good old USA by serving this colorful cake. Use the Easy Layers! cake pan set to bake the layers, and then use a simple piping technique to add decorative columns of icing shells that give this cake some stately appeal. It’s perfect for any rose garden gala or 4th of July barbecue.
Step 1
Quantities Needed:
1 Box Favorite Cake Mix
1 Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract 3
½ C. Solid Vegetable Shortening
½ C. (1 Stick) Butter (or Margarine), Softened
4 C. Confectioners’ Sugar
2 Tbsp. Milk
 
 
Project Note: Cake serves 12.
 
Prepare the batter according to the directions on your favorite cake mix. Bake and cool cake layers in pan set according to the pan package instructions. 
Step 2
Prepare the buttercream icing following your recipe directions. 

TIP: Need a recipe? Click here
Step 3
Tint portions red and blue. Reserve remaining icing white.

TIP: To get the red shown in theproject image, combine Red-Red with Christmas Red icing color.
Step 4
Place your first layer on a cake circle. Use your spatula and white icing to ice top of this layer smooth, and stack with next layer. Continue icing and adding layers. 
Step 5
Use your spatula and white icing to ice top of cake into a spiral design. 
Step 6
Prepare a disposable decorating bag with your #18 tip. Fill with red icing. Starting at the top edge of cake, pipe two shells in opposite directions of each other. Continue piping shells down the side of the cake. 
Step 7
Prepare another disposable decorating bag with your #18 tip and fill with blue icing. Pipe two rows of shells. 
Step 8
Prepare a third disposable decorating bag with your #18 tip and fill with reserved white icing to pipe two rows of shells. Repeat untilsideofcake, all the wayaround,is covered.

TIP: For the techniques used to make the shells, click here.  
 
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    • Color: White
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    • Size: 10 in
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    • Color: Red
    • Size: 1 oz
    • Color: Red
    • Size: 1 oz
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    • Size: 1 oz
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    Item # 10051382 
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    • Color: Royal Blue
    • Size: 1 oz
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    • Color: Royal Blue
    • Size: 1 oz
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    Item # 10051369 
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    • Color: Christmas Red
    • Size: 1 oz
    • Color: Christmas Red
    • Size: 1 oz
    • Color: Christmas Red
    • Size: 1 oz
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    • Color: Clear
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You’ll Also Need
  • Electric Mixer
  • mixing spoon
  • Knife
  • Food-Safe Scissors
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Solid Vegetable Shortening
  • Butter (or Margarine)
  • Confectioners Sugar
  • Milk
  • Favorite Cake Mix
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