Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day!
I hope each of you that’s celebrating today has a safe and Happy 4th of July!


Fabulous 4th of July Recipe

I love the 4th of July – and not just because it’s the day after my birthday. 🙂

I love the red, white, and blue, the fireworks, the festivities, and everything that Independence Day stands for. I am so thankful to live in the USA.

Since my birthday falls so close to the holiday, I love to keep the “theme” of the 4th.

This year, I’ve decided to make my own birthday cake instead of going with a store-bought cake.

I found this awesome recipe on Betty Crocker’s website, and I am getting ready to make it now. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

Firecracker Cake
(Click the picture to go directly to the recipe and make it for your own 4th of July festivities!)

Edited to add: The cake was a disaster. I went to flip it onto the cooling rack, and the cake crumbled into a million pieces. I just walked away for a few minutes. I couldn’t stand to look at it. I went to go clean it up a few minutes later, and my daughter had pieced it all back together. It’s still a mess, but it means SO much to me that she wanted to fix it for me.

Here’s what she did:

Cake Mess

She is so sweet. She wanted to finish it, so I let her put the icing on. We’ll enjoy it tomorrow after hubby gets off work.

Here’s the finished cake:

finished cake
It might not be the prettiest cake in the entire world, and it might have been was a total flop, but I’m pretty sure this is my favorite cake ever, just because Ashley made it special.

If you make the cake, let me know if you have better luck!