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A little splash of color can make an ordinary cake into something a lot more fun. The next time you happen to be baking a cake for a birthday or the 4th of July, here is a little hint that can liven things up.
When mixing the cake batter, take a handful of jimmies, sprinkles, or whatever you know them as, and drop them in the mix. These are normally used as a topping for ice cream or on frosted donuts, but when included in the cake batter they become festive treats.
The sprinkles melt into the cake, providing splashes of color everywhere when the cake comes out of the oven. Throw in some green for St. Patrick's Day or a little red for Valentine's Day. They make great cake decorations.
The same thing can be done with any sauces you cook up to drizzle over the cake as well. It can also be a slightly cheaper alternative to food coloring. Now you have an easy to make red, white and blue cake for Independence day.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|